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Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors Receive Honorary Diploma: 'There Were Lots of Tears'

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Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors Receive Honorary Diploma: 'There Were Lots of Tears'

Originally posted 05/29/2015 10:25AM

Cleveland kidnapping survivors Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus did not have the chance to graduate with their high school classmates when they should have, but school officials changed that on Wednesday when they gave them honorary diplomas and an afternoon filled with pomp and circumstance.

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Cleveland Kidnapping Victims Share Their Harrowing Story in New Memoir

Cleveland Kidnapping Victims Share Their Harrowing Story in New Memoir

Originally posted 01/13/2015 04:00PM

It has been nearly two years since Amanda Berry broke through the boarded front door at 2207 Seymour Ave. where Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held captive, ending a decade the three had spent in chains enduring sexual torture at the hands of Ariel Castro. Knight's memoir of their experiences came out last May; now the other two women are ready to share their story.

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Amanda Berry & Gina DeJesus Show Off Their White House Photos

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus Show Off Their White House Photos

Originally posted 05/14/2014 12:50PM

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus brought home quite the souvenirs from their whirlwind visit to Washington last week – and are sharing the most special (photographic) ones with PEOPLE.

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Amanda Berry & Gina DeJesus: Their 'Coolest Experience' Since Being Free

Amanda Berry & Gina DeJesus: Their 'Coolest Experience' Since Being Free

Originally posted 05/07/2014 03:05PM

Amanda Berry was overcome by tears as she accepted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children HOPE Award Tuesday night.

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Cleveland Kidnapping Victim Michelle Knight: How I've Moved On

Michelle Knight: Inside My New Life

Originally posted 05/07/2014 08:00AM

Michelle Knight spent nearly 11 years of her life inside a house of horror where she was chained, tortured, raped and beaten. Despite the nightmarish conditions she endured, she wants everyone to know one thing – she's a survivor.

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A Year After Their Rescue, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus Look to the Future

A Year After Their Rescue, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus Look to the Future

Originally posted 05/06/2014 01:30PM

A year after their rescue from nearly 10 years of captive abuse, two of the three Cleveland kidnapping survivors are marking Tuesday's anniversary with thanks and by joining others in the fight to protect victims.

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Taylor Swift to Twerking Fails: The 10 Best Viral Videos of 2013

Taylor Swift to Twerking Fails: The 10 Best Viral Videos of 2013

Originally posted 11/26/2013 09:00AM

2013 will go down as the year the viral video industrial complex went on steroids. More outlets than ever jumped on the YouTube beat, and with so much competition, the viral video world became a true meritocracy.

No longer could mediocre clips like Obama Girl spread like wildfire among a bored populace. Now, only the best videos could rise to the top, whether they were an unusual exercise trend,a doomed Drake-inspired pickup attempt, or these ten favorites from the past calendar year. What happens next will astound you...

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Michelle Knight: Cleveland Kidnapper Strung Me Up 'Like a Fish'

Originally posted 11/04/2013 10:20PM

One of three women held in a Cleveland man's home for about a decade says an orange extension cord was used to tie her neck, hands and feet and hang her "like a fish," according to pre-released clips from a taped interview that will air Tuesday and Wednesday on the Dr. Phil show.

"I was tied up like a fish, an ornament on the wall," Michelle Knight told the TV host in a clip released to media. "That's the only way I can describe it."

"I was hanging like this," she said, using her finger to draw a swooping U-shape curve in the air.

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Cleveland Kidnapper's Hanging Death May Have Been Accidental

Cleveland Kidnapper's Hanging Death May Have Been Accidental

Originally posted 10/10/2013 01:00PM

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may have died from auto-erotic asphyxiation, not suicide, and two prison guards falsified logs documenting their observation of him in the hours before he died, the state said Thursday.

Castro's pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles when he was found, leading the state to forward those facts to the state highway patrol to consider the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation, according to the report from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The report suggests – but does not conclude – that Castro may have died as the result of auto-erotic asphyxiation, whereby individuals achieve sexual satisfaction by briefly choking themselves into unconsciousness.

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Ariel Castro Commits Suicide

UpdatePosted 09/04/2013 06:00AM

Ariel Castro Commits Suicide

Originally posted 09/04/2013 12:30AM

The man who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade before one escaped has been found dead and is believed to have committed suicide, a prison official said.

Ariel Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, a community located south of Columbus in central Ohio, JoEllen Smith, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokesman, said early Wednesday.

Prison medical staff performed CPR before Castro was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.

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