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Joan Rivers Refuses To Apologize For Her Tasteless “Joke” About The Cleveland Kidnapping Victims

Not Funny, Joan

Joan Rivers made a not-so-funny “joke” on “The Today Show” yesterday about the three Cleveland women who were kidnapped by deranged creep Ariel Castro and held captive in his home for a decade. When describing how cramped her daughter’s guest room in her home is, Rivers joked that “Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space,” much to the horror and awkward fumbling of her “Today” interviewers.

Word got back to the kidnapping victims Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus, and Michelle Knight, who were deeply offended. Lawyers for  DeJesus and Berry reached out to Rivers in a statement:

Our clients have become aware of Joan Rivers’ unfortunate comparison of living in her daughter’s guest room to their captivity. We understand that Ms. Rivers is a comedienne; however, the idea that a celebrity would say something this hurtful, on national television, no less, is beyond shocking and disappointing. Our clients are strong, private women who have endured unwanted and often painful media attention for quite some time. They now have to endure this, which is a new low, and we believe a sincere apology is warranted.

Rivers, however, feels she has nothing to apologize for. “They got to live rent free for more than a decade. One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They’re okay. I bet you within three years one of them will be on ‘Dancing With The Stars,’” she told TMZ. Damn, Joan.  Keep reading »

Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus & Michelle Knight Received Courage Awards For Their Bravery

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  • The three women who were freed after a decade-long ordeal as captives in a Cleveland home received the Ohio Governor John Kasich’s annual courage awards last night during his “State of the State” speech. During the ceremony, the crowd gave Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus and Michelle Knight a two-minute standing ovation. Gov. Kasich praised their “story of three women who found an inner strength and a courage that brought them through and sustained them…No one rescued them, they rescued themselves—first by staying strong and by sticking together, and then by literally breaking out into freedom.” It was their first public appearance together since their escape. [ABC News, NBC News]
  • Emails reveal that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker reveal that he reportedly had a doctor fired from a Milwaukee medical center because she had modeled bikinis in the past. [Slate Keep reading »

Cleveland Kidnapping Victims Release Video Thanking Supporters

Cleveland Kidnapping Victims Release Video Thanking Supporters
"I ask that everyone continue to respect our privacy."

Amanda Berry, Gina De Jesus, and Michelle Knight, the three women who spent a decade in captivity in Ariel Castro’s Cleveland home, have released a video on YouTube thanking their supporters for their prayers and donations. They also thanked the world for respecting their privacy after they were finally discovered and freed in May, and asked for that continued respect as they rebuild their lives. [YouTube]

Rush Limbaugh Says Ohio Kidnap Victims Are Part Of A Welfare Scheme, And It’s All Obama’s Fault

"Double welfare benefits if one of the women has a baby"

Sometimes terrible things happen, and they’re so unbelievably heinous, all you can do is gasp in horror. That’s the general response most of us have had to the harrowing story of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus — three women kidnapped, chained and held against their will in Cleveland, Ohio, for a decade. But oh, that’s not what Rush Limbaugh did. Instead, on his broadcast last night, Rush decided to wax philosophical on what it all means. You see, Rush Limbaugh watched an episode of “Hawaii 5-0″ last night. It was about kidnapped and murdered women who were used in a welfare plot. And in between contemplating his lonely, sad, dessicated existence, Rush conjured up a tacky ass conspiracy theory about the Ohio kidnapping victims.

It goes something like this: What if the Ohio “victims” were actually part of a huge welfare scam. And also, they all voted for Obama, so you know! Basically, this whole thing is just what happens when you elect Obama! And these chicks are just welfare queens waiting to happen! He also helpfully points out that the women get “double welfare benefits if one of the women has a baby,” after noting that one of the women, Amanda Berry, did, in fact, have a baby — a child she had after being raped, likely by Ariel Castro. Keep reading »

Meet Charles Ramsey
The amazing neighbor who helped rescue Berry, DeJesus and Knight. Read More »
Emerging Details
More info on the three missing women who were rescued in Cleveland. Read More »
Castro Helped Search
Ariel Castro reportedly helped search for the missing women. Read More »

Psychic Sylvia Browne (Incorrectly) Told Amanda Berry’s Mom Her Daughter Was Dead

Emerging Details
More info on the three missing women who were rescued in Cleveland. Read More »
Meet Charles Ramsey
The amazing neighbor who helped rescue Berry, DeJesus and Knight. Read More »
Psychic Predictions
Should you believe predictions about your love life? Read More »

When people experience the devastating trauma of a missing friend or relative, they want answers, but too often, those answers never come. Louwanna Miller, the mother of Amanda Berry, one of the three women who went missing in Cleveland, Ohio, wanted answers, so in 2004, she went on “The Montel Williams Show” to speak with psychic Sylvia Browne.

Browne told her,  ”I see her in water … She’s not alive, honey” and “Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.” After appearing on the show, Miller went home and began the difficult process of letting go of her daughter, taking down her pictures and selling her computer. “I’m not even buying my baby a Christmas present this year,” she told a reporter in 2004.

A year later, Miller died of heart failure. She died thinking her daughter was dead. Keep reading »

Cleveland Hero Charles Ramsey Did Prison Time For Domestic Abuse

Meet Charles Ramsey
The amazing neighbor who helped rescue Berry, DeJesus and Knight. Read More »
Emerging Details
More info on the three missing women who were rescued in Cleveland. Read More »
Castro Helped Search
Ariel Castro reportedly helped search for the missing women. Read More »
  • The Smoking Gun has discovered that Charles Ramsey, the man who helped rescue three women from captivity, did prison time from three domestic abuse convictions. Ramsey was arrested in 1997, 1998 and 2003 for battering his ex, eventually leading to their divorce. His ex-wife Rochelle, with whom he had a daughter (and a son from Rochelle’s prior relationship), eventually got an order of protection against him. He also didn’t pay his child support. Well this is going to throw a wrench in that whole “hero” narrative.  [The Smoking Gun]
  • Nick Lachey has probably been waiting to say this for six years. [TODAY]
  • So, Chris Cuomo’s interview with Amanda Knox was creepy. [Gawker]
  • Phaedra Parks from “Real Housewives Of Atlanta” has given birth to her second child, a baby boy. Congrats! [US Weekly]
  • The wardrobe of the late fashion icon Isabella Blow will go on display this November in London. SQUEE! [Fashionista] Keep reading »

Charles Ramsey Continues To Set An Example For Us All

Meet Charles Ramsey
The amazing neighbor who helped rescue Berry, DeJesus and Knight. Read More »
Emerging Details
More info on the three missing women who were rescued in Cleveland. Read More »
Castro Helped Search
Ariel Castro reportedly helped search for the missing women. Read More »
QUOTABLE
"I tell you what you do, give it to them."

“I tell you what you do, give it to them. Because if folks been following this case since last night, you been following me since last night, you know I got a job anyway. Just went picked it up, paycheck. What that address say? Where are them girls living? Right next door to this paycheck. So yes, take that reward and give it to — that little girl came out the house and she was crying.”

– Charles Ramsey, the most famous neighbor in America right now, told Anderson Cooper that he’s not interested in accepting any reward money for his part in helping to save Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight. Ramsey heard Amanda Berry’s cries and helped her, her daughter Jocelyn, and her fellow hostages, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, escape from the house in which they’d been imprisoned for the last decade. Keep reading »

Ariel Castro Bizarrely Involved In Search For Missing Women

If you thought the twisted details of the Cleveland case ended with yesterday’s news of reported sightings of naked women in Ariel Castro’s backyard, well, steel yourself: New reports reveal Castro bizarrely and brazenly inserted himself into the search for one of the missing girls. The latest:

  • The AP reports that Castro physically aided in the search for Gina DeJesus, going so far as to hand out fliers with the 14-year-old’s photo and perform at a musical fundraiser held in her honor. (DeJesus’ uncle played in bands with Castro over the last two decades.) Read more on Newser…

Details Emerge About The Horrors Faced By The 3 Cleveland Women Rescued A Decade After They Went Missing

Meet Charles Ramsey
The amazing neighbor who helped rescue Berry, DeJesus and Knight. Read More »

Yesterday, we showed you two amazing interviews with Charles Ramsey, the man credited with helping to save three women (who had disappeared a decade earlier) from his neighbor’s home. The unguarded and inadvertently hilarious interviews with Ramsey — who absolutely exemplifies why if you see something, you should say something — has somewhat distracted from the very serious news story, that these three women had been held captive for a decade, and that their discovery, release and relative good health considering the circumstances is nothing short of a miracle. Now, more details are emerging about the horrifying conditions these three women – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — withstood while allegedly imprisoned by three brothers, Ariel Castro, Pedro Castro, and Onil Castro. The Castro brothers are expected to be formally charged today. Keep reading »

Meet Charles Ramsey, The Guy Who Discovered 3 Missing Women At Neighbor’s House

"You got some big testicles to pull this off, bro!"

You guys, meet my new hero in life, Charles Ramsey of Cleveland, Ohio. Charles was just minding his own business, eating some McDonald’s, when he heard a woman screaming for help from his neighbor’s house. He called the police — who he said didn’t take him seriously initially — and then decided to kick in the door to the house, eventually freeing two women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. The two women had been missing for nearly a decade each, as was a third woman, Michele Knight, who was was found nearby with the alleged kidnapper, Ramsey’s neighbor Ariel Castro.

Ramsey is now being heralded as a hero for taking matters into his own hands and responding to Berry’s cries for help. In addition to bravely saving lives (all three women seem to be in good health), Ramsey also gives an amaaaaaazing interview, and he has some harsh words for Castro. “You got some big testicles to pull this off, bro,” he told a local news reporter in the clip avod. “I barbecue with this dude! We eat ribs and whatnot!” Seriously, you think you know a person… Keep reading »

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