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]
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 »
It’s shocking, that even in the 21st Century, women can be paid less than men for the same job, but that’s just what was happening at the private Lake Ridge Academy in Cleveland, Ohio. Well, until James Whiteman bravely stood up for equal rights, that is! As the head of the lower school, Mr. Whiteman courageously voiced his concerns over the chauvinist disparity in the salaries between his male and female co-workers. After complaining, he promptly fired. “[Mr. Whiteman] had nothing to gain and everything to lose by standing up for female teachers that were afraid to do it themselves,” Gregory Gordillo, his attorney, told Metro. Yet, after a dozen years of dedicated service, he was kicked to the curb for smack talking the sexist system. But this week, two years after his termination, justice was finally served! A jury awarded the former administrator $950,000 for wrongful termination. Ha! And they thought skimping on their female teachers salaries was saving them money. [Cleveland.com] Keep reading »