CLEVELAND, Ohio (KDKA) — A little more than a year after three kidnapped women were rescued from a Cleveland home, one of them is revealing details of the horrific ordeal in a new book.
Michelle Knight was the first of the three women kidnapped by Ariel Castro. She is also the first out with a book detailing what happened while she was held captive for 11 years.
KDKA’s Kimberly Gill spoke to Knight Thursday about the book, called “Finding Me: A Decade Of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed.”
In her book, Knight writes in harrowing detail about being beaten, raped and tortured at the hands of her captor.
“The details are very graphic,” she said. “For little kids or parents of 14-year-old girls, I would prefer for mothers and fathers to explain it to them so they will more understand it.”
She discusses her chaotic childhood marked by neglect and abuse. She talks about her time as a runaway and homeless teen and how she lost custody of her son and her relationship with her family today.
“I had a baby boy. He was my life. He was the reason that I kept on hanging on and having hope,” Knight said. “And currently right now, I’m not talking to my family. I’m a little bit more afraid about being put back in the same position. And I don’t want to do that.”
She also commented on her current relationship with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, the two other young women who were kidnapped.
“Me and the other two girls are healing in our own way right now,” she said. “Eventually, later in life, we’ll probably get back together.”
As for Knight’s future, she says she remains positive and optimistic.
“I’m hoping to one day own my own house and eventually have a successful relationship and then, hopefully, adopt a child,” she said.
Knight said that by sharing her story, she hopes to be a symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.
Her book, “Finding Me: A Decade Of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed,” is in stores now.