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Cleveland Kidnapping Victim, Survivor and Author of "Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings"

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In 2002, Michelle Knight was kidnapped by Ariel Castro in Cleveland, Ohio. She was held captive and sexually abused by Castro for more than a decade.

Born in April 1981, Michelle Knight was 21 years old when she was kidnapped on August 23, 2002, in Cleveland, Ohio. After another captive, Amanda Berry, escaped, leading to Knight and a third victim, Gina DeJesus, getting rescued in May 2013. The women's harrowing ordeal made the case a media sensation.

On August 23, 2002, Knight left her cousin's house and subsequently disappeared. Her family reported her as missing, but most eventually came to believe that Knight, distraught over losing her son and unable to deal with the negative turns her life had taken, had run away on her own. Though her mother continued to post fliers about her daughter, Knight was removed from the FBI's database of missing persons in 2003.

In fact, Knight had been offered a ride by Ariel Castro on that fateful August day. As she knew one of his daughters, Knight accepted the lift. She then agreed to enter Castro's Cleveland home, located at 2207 Seymour Avenue, when he promised to give her a puppy for her son. Once inside, Knight was restrained and imprisoned. It was the beginning of years of torture.

As a result of the sexual abuse Knight suffered during her time as a prisoner, she reportedly became pregnant five times, but miscarried each time after being starved and beaten by Castro. Two other young women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, were later abducted by Castro; Knight was forced to deliver the child Berry gave birth to while in captivity. Castro also taunted Knight about the fact that DeJesus and Berry had family members desperate to find them, while no one was looking for her.

When Castro left his house on May 6, 2013, Berry managed to get to the front door and scream for help, getting the attention of a neighbor. After Berry escaped, she called 911. The authorities who arrived at the scene soon rescued Knight and DeJesus as well. Knight had been held by Castro for more than 10 years.

After her release, Knight was brought to the hospital; having been severely beaten by Castro, she was left with a loss of vision and nerve damage. Her mother told the press that she hoped to reunite with her daughter, and to introduce Knight to a younger sister who had been born during the time she was captive. However, Knight chose to avoid her family after leaving the hospital.

At Castro's sentencing in August 2013, Knight stated, "I've got my life back. I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning." Castro hanged himself in prison on September 3, 2013. In November 2013, Knight spoke to television host Dr. Phil McGraw about her ordeal; she also wrote a book about her experience.

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Life After Darkness: Finding Healing and Happiness After the Cleveland Kidnappings

Life After Darkness: Finding Healing and Happiness After the Cleveland Kidnappings

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings

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Cleveland Kidnapping Victim, Survivor and Author of "Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings"

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Michelle Knight Biography

In 2002, Michelle Knight was kidnapped by Ariel Castro in Cleveland, Ohio. She was held captive and sexually abused by Castro for more than a decade.

Born in April 1981, Michelle Knight was 21 years old when she was kidnapped on August 23, 2002, in Cleveland, Ohio. After another captive, Amanda Berry, escaped, leading to Knight and a third victim, Gina DeJesus, getting rescued in May 2013. The women's harrowing ordeal made the case a media sensation.

On August 23, 2002, Knight left her cousin's house and subsequently disappeared. Her family reported her as missing, but most eventually came to believe that Knight, distraught over losing her son and unable to deal with the negative turns her life had taken, had run away on her own. Though her mother continued to post fliers about her daughter, Knight was removed from the FBI's database of missing persons in 2003.

In fact, Knight had been offered a ride by Ariel Castro on that fateful August day. As she knew one of his daughters, Knight accepted the lift. She then agreed to enter Castro's Cleveland home, located at 2207 Seymour Avenue, when he promised to give her a puppy for her son. Once inside, Knight was restrained and imprisoned. It was the beginning of years of torture.

As a result of the sexual abuse Knight suffered during her time as a prisoner, she reportedly became pregnant five times, but miscarried each time after being starved and beaten by Castro. Two other young women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, were later abducted by Castro; Knight was forced to deliver the child Berry gave birth to while in captivity. Castro also taunted Knight about the fact that DeJesus and Berry had family members desperate to find them, while no one was looking for her.

When Castro left his house on May 6, 2013, Berry managed to get to the front door and scream for help, getting the attention of a neighbor. After Berry escaped, she called 911. The authorities who arrived at the scene soon rescued Knight and DeJesus as well. Knight had been held by Castro for more than 10 years.

After her release, Knight was brought to the hospital; having been severely beaten by Castro, she was left with a loss of vision and nerve damage. Her mother told the press that she hoped to reunite with her daughter, and to introduce Knight to a younger sister who had been born during the time she was captive. However, Knight chose to avoid her family after leaving the hospital.

At Castro's sentencing in August 2013, Knight stated, "I've got my life back. I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning." Castro hanged himself in prison on September 3, 2013. In November 2013, Knight spoke to television host Dr. Phil McGraw about her ordeal; she also wrote a book about her experience.

Michelle Knight Videos

  • Cleveland Kidnapping Survivor Michelle Knight Talks About New ...
    Apr 30, 2018 ... Almost five years after her escape from the Cleveland home of Ariel Castro, who held her and two others captive for over a decade,...
  • Cleveland Kidnapping Survivor Michelle Knight Reveals Details ...
    Apr 24, 2018 ... Cleveland kidnapping survivor Michelle Knight shares how she found love after life in captivity and how her life is today. And, she...

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  • Who is the agent for Michelle Knight?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michelle Knight for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michelle Knight for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michelle Knight or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michelle Knight or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Michelle Knight is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Michelle Knight for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Michelle Knight generally travels from Cleveland, OH, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Elizabeth Smart, Erin Merryn, Matthew Sandusky, Maralee McLean and Ashley Rhodes-Courter. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michelle Knight for an upcoming event.

Michelle Knight Speaker Videos

  • Cleveland Kidnapping Survivor Michelle Knight Talks About New ...
    Apr 30, 2018 ... Almost five years after her escape from the Cleveland home of Ariel Castro, who held her and two others captive for over a decade, Michelle ...
    Cleveland Kidnapping Survivor Michelle Knight Reveals Details ...
    Apr 24, 2018 ... Cleveland kidnapping survivor Michelle Knight shares how she found love after life in captivity and how her life is today. And, she reveals, "I'm ...

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