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 »
Just 35 days into his lifetime sentence, Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro reportedly took his own life in his cell. New evidence suggests that his death might not have been a suicide, but rather a case of auto-erotic asphyxiation gone wrong. According to officials, two prison guards falsified logs documenting their observation of Castro in the hours before he died, meaning they the correctional facility can’t accurately confirm how Castro spent his last moments. Keep reading »
Ariel Castro has been found dead in his prison cell just 35 days into his life-plus-1,000-years sentence for keeping three women captive in his home for a decade. The 53-year-old hanged himself, say officials at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. Prison officials found his body about 9:20pm. They tried emergency life-saving measures, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital. Officials say Castro was in protective custody, meaning he was in a cell by himself and was checked every 30 minutes, but he was not on suicide watch, the AP reports. Read more on Newser…
Sandy Rios is both an American Family Association talk show host and a Fox News contributor, so naturally when she spoke with anti-gay Chicago pastor, Erwin Lutzer, some pretty offensive words were exchanged.
The two both oppose same-sex marriage and use the bogus argument that homosexuality is like pedophilia in that even though there is “love” in these relationships, the people involved should not be able to get married. According to Right Wing Watch, Lutzer said, “A pedophile I’m sure says that he loves children — as a matter of fact, he does — but you can see how destructive that love is.” That comparison is nothing new in the anti-gay argument, but Sandy Rios then went on to make a new and uniquely offensive comparison. Keep reading »
Ariel Castro has been sentenced to life without parole for kidnapping and other charges related to the three women he held captive in his home for 10 years, the AP reports. Castro spoke at his sentencing hearing today, insisting that “these people are trying to paint me as a monster and I’m not a monster. I’m sick,” CNN reports. “I believe I am addicted to porn to the point that it makes me impulsive and I lost it.” He also described himself as “a happy person,” a “very emotional person,” and said he’s “not trying to make excuses.” Read more at Newser…
Ariel Castro will spend the rest of his life in prison. The Cleveland man, accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade, has accepted a plea deal, reports the AP. He will plead guilty and be handed a sentence of life without parole plus 1,000 years in prison. The judge asked him he if understands that he will never be released. “I do understand that,” Castro replied. He added, “I knew I was pretty much going to get the book thrown at me.” Read more on Newser…
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]
“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 »
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…