On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry escaped the house that she and two other women had been held as captives for over a decade.
It was the day that Amanda had realized that her kidnapper, Ariel Castro had left the house and that they were finally really alone.
Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry will appear in an interview with Robin Roberts, 20/20, that airs next Tues.
These two women were also held along with Michelle Knight and in her interview, Amanda says, “I didn’t know what to do, my heart immediately started pounding because I’m like, ‘is— should I chance it? … He could be here any minute, if I’m going to do it, I need to do it now.”
It’s going to mark the two year anniversary since that day Amanda Berry escaped to save the lives of herself, her young daughter and the two other women who were being held by their kidnapper, Ariel Castro.
In this interview, Amanda also said, “At first it was so unreal. When the cops had gotten there, I told them, ‘there’s two other girls in the house’… they put me in a car and then that’s when they ran upstairs to get them, and once I saw that I’m like, ‘This is it. I think we’re free now.”
Amanda and Gina were kidnapped in 2003 and 2004, when they were still in high school, in the teenaged years. Today, Amanda is 29 and Gina is 25….
Together, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry wrote a book called “Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland,” which is set to be released on April 27th.
Their kidnapper, Ariel Castro was arrested two months after the girls escaped. He pled guilty in July 2013, to 937 charges. The charges were relating to kidnapping, torturing and imprisoning three women. Unfortunately, Castro took it upon himself to commit suicide by hanging himself on Sept. 3, 2013.
Thankfully his selfish act didn’t stop the women from moving on with their lives and rebuilding themselves.
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