Michelle Knight says ’I define who I am by everything I do in life’, recalling the haunting kidnapping misery


Michelle Knight, who presently is known by the name of Lily-Rose Lee, is a 38-year-old lady who was held hostage for a long time in a Cleveland home. She is one of three ladies unleashed from the grasp of beast Ariel Castro in 2013. She is presently joyfully hitched after being advised she had only days to live after her salvage.

The Ariel Castro kidnappings occurred somewhere in the range of 2002 and 2004. Ariel Castro kidnapped Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Georgina “Gina” DeJesus and held them hostage in his home in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. They were kept captivated until May 6, 2013. Till the time, when Berry got away with her six-year-old daughter, to whom she had conceived an offspring while held as a hostage and reached the police. Police safeguarded Knight and DeJesus and captured Castro within few hours.


On May 8, 2013, Castro was accused of four checks of kidnapping and three tallies of rape. He conceded to 937 criminal checks of assault, seizing, and irritated homicide, as a feature of a request deal. He was condemned to life in addition to 1,000 years in jail without the plausibility of parole. One month into his sentence, he ended it all by hanging himself with bedsheets in his jail cell.

Michelle Knight was Castro’s first unfortunate target. On Aug. 23, 2002, on her way to a social service appointment about recovering guardianship of her young child, Knight couldn’t discover the building she was searching for. She approached a few onlookers for help; however, nobody could point her the correct way. That is the point at which she saw Castro.

He offered her a lift, and she remembered him as the dad of somebody she knew, so she concurred. But then he drove off course, guaranteeing he had a young doggie at his home for her child.

She went into his home and approached where he said the young doggies were. When she arrived at a room on the subsequent floor, he shut the door behind her. Knight wouldn’t leave Seymour Avenue for a long time.


Amanda Berry was straightaway. Leaving her Burger King shift in 2003, she was searching for a ride when she detected Castro’s recognizable looking van. Like Knight, she’d stay in his bondage until 2013.


The last unfortunate casualty was 14-year-old Gina DeJesus, a companion of Castro’s little girl, Arlene. She and Arlene’s plan to hang out failed, and the two, headed out in their direction on a spring day of 2004. DeJesus ran into her companion’s dad, who said he could utilize help discovering Arlene. DeJesus concurred and went with Castro back to his home.

In an interview recalling her haunting memories, Knight spoke:


“They couldn’t find out why I was bleeding, why I was having stomach issues,” she told ABC’s “20/20” in an Interview. “But they did different tests, and they told me, ‘You only got two days to live. It’s been too long, and the antibiotics are not working on you.”

“He said, ‘You’re not gonna leave for a long time.’ And then he starts undressing himself,” she disclosed to ABC News. “I dropped to the floor, begging him to let me go. Begging him, saying, ‘I need to get to my son. This can’t happen.’”

She included that “he ripped up my son’s picture right in front of me — the only picture I had — and said, ‘You will never see him.’ … That hurt so bad. The knife felt like it was going deeper and deeper into my chest.”

Castro later kidnapped Berry and DeJesus, and it was their names that were frequently referenced on the neighborhood news. Numerous individuals didn’t smell a rat in Knight’s vanishing since she was a grown-up, as per ABC News.

“‘Your families don’t care about you. Ain’t you glad I took you?’” Knight recalled Castro’s words. “I felt like he hated me the most because I was the one that stood my ground.”

Knight became pregnant on numerous occasions. However, Castro would beat her to end every pregnancy. Now she can’t have babies anymore.

“When I first came out of the house, I didn’t even know what love was. What a tender touch was. All I knew was abuse,” she disclosed to ABC News.

Knight, who presently is known as by Lily Rose Lee, would wed Miguel Rodriguez after picking up her freedom.

“He showed me that life doesn’t have to be horrible and you don’t have to be alone,” she revealed to ABC News.