Monday, May 6, 2013

Charles Ramsey, The Man Who Ended Amanda Berry's 10-Year Kidnapping Nightmare (Updated)

Amanda Berry
Amanda Marie Berry: 
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UPDATE -- MAY, May 9: This post now includes videos of  Charles Ramsey's interviews on Good Morning America,  WKYC Channel 3, and Anderson Cooper 360.

May 5, 2013 - She was kidnapped on April 21, 2003 as she left her job at a Burger King. Amanda Marie Berry was missing ever since. Tonight, however, she and two other kidnapped women are free thanks to the heroic efforts of neighbor Charles Ramsey.

According to police, reports CBS News, "a woman claiming to be Amanda Berry called 911 Monday. She said she was kidnapped 10 years ago and said she is currently at a home at 2210 Seymour.  She also told the dispatcher that Gina DeJesus was with her. A third missing woman, 32-year old Michelle Knight, was also at the location with Berry and DeJesus. It's believed Knight disappeared in 2000."

There are some odd discrepancies in the reporting of this story. CBS reports that a witness "says he saw Amanda Berry come running out of the house kicking and screaming 'Help me!,' and carrying a baby in her arms." That makes no sense, however. Kicking? The man who held her captive had reportedly left the house. Why was she kicking? It makes even less sense after you watch the Fox8-Cleveland news video below, in which we see neighbor Charles Ramsey let her out. It was from Ramsey's cell phone that Berry made her frantic call to 911 (hear the audio below).   

HERO: In the Fox8 video report, Charles Ramsey told Fox8 that he heard Berry screaming from inside the house next to his. In the video below, Ramsey says that he ran next door and Berry identified herself to him, and he says he let her out.

"I heard this girl screaming," Ramsey said, "and she's going nuts." He said nobody knew there was any females in the house, and so her screaming was "a dead giveaway that something's wrong. And I came to the front door and looked at her, she said 'My name is Amanda Berry, please, get me out of this house'." Ramsey said that the police arrested a suspect at a nearby McDonald's, which the Fox reporter confirmed.

911 CALL: "Help me! I'm Amanda Berry. I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm here. I'm free now," Berry told a 911 operator. The recording was released by Cleveland police and posted on the website of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. You can hear the audio here. You can hear Charles Ramsey's 911 call at The Cleveland Plain Dealer (language advisory). Fox8 reports that three suspects were arrested late this evening. "The men, ages 54, 52 and 50, are brothers. One of them has been identified as Ariel Castro." Cleveland police will have a news conference on Tuesday morning.