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until the astounding two-hour season finale. >> here. >> new marvel agents of s.h.i.e.l.d., next tuesday 9:008:00 central on abc. >> announcer: captain, a journey of hope and survival, a special edition of "20/20" with robin roberts. starts now. may 6, 2013 in the gritty heartland city of cleveland. it's about to witness a miracle. >> i'm amanda berry, i've been missing for ten years. i'm here. i'm free now. >> amanda berry, abducted just a day before her 17th birthday, but she did not escape alone. two other young women were found that day. >> gina dejesus she is indeed home. >> gina dejesus kidnapped at the
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age of 14, and michelle knight, never even known to be missing. >> police arrested who owns the home -- >> their abductor was a deranged school bus driver named aerial castro. but through the years of their captivity. they held on to one conviction, that their families would never give up on them. >> ten years later, that faith brought them home. the story and their book begins this way. >> now we want the world to know -- >> we survived. we love life. >> we were stronger an aerial castro. >> strong, indeed. good evening, everyone, i'm robin roberts. you're about to go on aan amazing journey of brilliance, celebration and faith. until tonight it's been a mystery what really went on in that house for an unimaginable ten year bus fort first time
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right here, you're going to hear that incredible story. amanda berry and gina dejesus tell it in their new book "hope." and they say that out of that, a light still shines. amanda berry now 29 is tiny. over 5 feet tall but inside, a tower of strength. >> tell me what you were like when you were 13? what kind of teenager were you then? >> i was pretty much a home body. i stayed home a lot. did my school work. >> what did you want to do when you grew up? >> i was in fashion. when i was in school, i moo shoes had to match the shirt and shoelaces had to march the outfit. you know? >> she was raised by her mother in a working class neighborhood on the city's west side. the tiny girl had big dreams to be the first in her family to go to college. >> we was a close family.
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my mother, sister and two daughters. we did everything together. there was not a time she didn't let us know where she was. >> it it was april 21st, 2003 the day before her 17th birthday and amanda is on the way to work at burger king? >> how did that day begin? >> my mom gave me a kiss, told me to have a good day. i got up and went to work. i almost called off to work. the next day was my birthday. what if. what if i would have called off that day. >> that question would haunt here in years to come but this day begins like any other until the moment that an suv started to follow her down the street. >> he asked, do you need a ride home. and i said -- i said yes. >> the man inside is the father of her friend, angie castro from middle school. >> so, did that make you feel a little relieved? >> it did. you know? it's a friend's dad. he's like, she's at my house, would you like to see her?
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said yeah, sure, i haven't seen her in a while. >> they drove down this quiet street, seymour avenue and pulled up in front of a white two-story house. >> what happened when he went in the house. he said the bathroom door is closed, maybe she's taking a bath. so we'll just wait. then he started showing me around the house. and i never got back out. >> moments after stepping through the door. amanda knows she is in trouble. castro takes her upstairs and shows her something strange, a mystery woman sleeping in a bedroom in front of a television set. >> when i seen her, it was like a little peep hole that the door knob was supposed to go in. that's all i saw. >> she would later learn that woman, 22-year-old michelle knight had been castro's prisoner for almost a year. >> and what did he tell you? >> that that was his roommate. >> her member rifs what happened next are still raw. >> when he took me to the next
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bedroom and it was just really dark in there. he didn't turn on the lights and there was a little room off of the bigger bedroom, kind of a big closet. and he took me in there, and he -- told me to pull down my pants. and from there, i knew like this was not going to be good. >> amanda has just become castro's second prisoner. >> when he took me to the basement, he taped my wrist, and he taped my -- he taped my ankles, and he put a belt around my ankles, over the tape, and then he put a helmet over my head and he said, just be quiet, and don't make any noise. and i'll take you home.
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>> the visor of that black helmet is now fogged by her tears. >> he tied me up to this pole, it was like a really thick change, like a motor change or something. and he just left me there. he put -- he shut the lights off and put a little tv there, and i was just left in the dark. i just started screaming and crying, somebody, please help me, you know, and nobody. nobody came. >> so you're there in the dark. you're chained up. lord only knows what you had to be thinking. >> i was so scared that i was going to die. i didn't think that i was going to ever make it home. >> just a ten-minute drive away, her sister, beth, is worrying about why amanda never came home. so her mother calls the police. >> we left her a message. by the third phone call with no answer, we knew something was wrong. because 90% of the time, she's going to answer that phone.
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>> the neighborhood around amanda's home becomes ground zero for the investigation. fbi special agent, head of the violent crimes unit, knows that the road ahead is far from easy. >> missing persons cases is probably the most difficult cases that we work. the reason is because it's really a needle in a hey stack. you're looking for that piece of evidence, you know, some unusual person walking down the street, an unusual vehicle. >> amanda was last seen leaving this burger king on lorraine avenue. >> all across the industry the news of her abduction makes headlines as the search are to the teenager began. >> her sister posts amanda's picture and hopes for the best. >> and in that white house on seymour avenue, she's watching her own story slowly unfold in the bitter graze of the tiny black and white tv. >> ill etalk to the media, any
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flyer i can do. >> we were not going to give up on her. >> what went through your mind as you were watching that as you were chained? >> that kept me going. i said, you know, i'm going to make it home to you. as long as you fight, i'm going to fight. >> it is day four of amanda's abduction. castro has moved her to an upstairs bedroom, chaining her to a radiator. the hours are crawling by. the loneliness, the isolation, amanda, that you must have felt. how did you deal with that? >> the first week i was there, it was really tough. so i asked for maybe a coloring book, or something that i can write in, a journal or something. >> the first thing he gives her is a diary with a tiny lock and key. her first entry written by the flickering light of the televisi television. >> i just can't wait to go home. i'm 17 now, but don't have a life. but he told me i'm young and i
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will go home before summer, another two months. >> it would be ten years before she would return home. >> when we come back, amanda's private diary, her secret code to trap him, next. all i was doi. and when i finally told my doctor, he said humira is for adults like me who have tried other medications but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease. and that in clinical studies, the majority of patients on humira saw significant symptom relief. and many achieved remission. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened; as have blood, liver, and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure. before treatment, get tested for tb. tell your doctor if you've been to areas where certain fungal infections are common,
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>> announcer: robin roberts continues with "captive a journey of hope and survival". >> this is a scale model of aerial caairea castro's house. amanda was first held cap tin down in the basement and moved to the second floor and chained
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in the bedroom. steps down the hall, michelle knight, castro's first captive lived in a tiny bedroom. at first the house didn't draw a second glance but concealed inside 2207 seymour avenue -- >> there were bolts that were sheared off. there was no way they could get behind them. >> its owner, ariel castro is 5'7 if th', a recluse, his only known hobby, playing weekend gigs at local jazz clubs. >> on the outside he appeared normal. he might be the last one you expect of wrong-doing. >> but the school bus driver is a man of aa past. had a former wife. four children, and history of violence. they freed from the house,
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fearing his violent rage. >> he hated women. beat her so badly. stomped on her head. broke her teeth, broke her bones. >> from the beginning a man that could sense the untrollable anger within. >> he was very intimidating, he was very scary. his voice was mean and deep. if you looked in his eyes they were black like he had no soul. >> this is april 27th, 2003. six dmas captivity and amanda is still chained to that radiator in the second floor bedroom. >> my chain is a few different chained linked by padlocked. stretched five feet from the radiator to my stomach. five feet has become the size of my whole world. >> can you describe what it was liked to live chained like that? >> it was really hard, going to sleep at night. you know, if you wanted to toss on to your back, you couldn't do that. you would have to take the whole chain and move it to the front
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of your stomach so you're not laying "a big lock on your back. >> her tiny room about the size of a closet is dark and filthy. >> the mattress was old and nasty. it was just disgusting. the buckets to use the bathroom, that smelled horrible. >> once a day, he feeds her. sometimes junk food, sometimes not at all. >> he started to give a bag of chips or crackers. >> her access to the bathroom is strictly limited. >> you could only take a bath like once a week. >> ariel castro, is her life line. but everything, even her weekly shower comes at a price. >> he tried to act nice, he was like, maybe you needed to go take a shower, i had to take a shower with him. >> he forced you to take a shower with him? >> he thought, well, i gave her that, i deserve this. >> what do you want to tell people about the sexual abuse
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that you suffered? >> it was horrible. after a while, you just get used to it. like you numb yourself to it, and you like put your mind somewhere else so that you're not there, you know, you're not in that room with him. >> how often did you think you were not going to survive. >> oh, there was plenty of times when i just never knew if -- why is he keeping me here? is it, you know, one day when he's done with me, you know, he'll kill me and get rid of me. >> yet, what amanda now knows of castro's brutality, strengthens her conviction to survive. >> i realize i have a mission. this man enjoys hurting women and i want people to know it. i don't want him to get away with it. i need to outlast him. >> she keeps a record in code in her diary, hidden testimony against ariel castro. 1 x, 3, 4, each entry a daily
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record of rape. >> you would actually put how many times he was assaulting you? >> i would always write these numbers at the top of the pages, because i felt like, you know day, maybe authorities will get to read it, and he'll be punished for what he did. >> she's disturbed that castro calls her his "temporary wife." >> he would rye to hold hands with me. it would just make me sick, he would fall asleep and i would take my hand away from his hand and scooch to the end of the bed. i couldn't go too far because of chain. >> amanda is missing more than a week. and her family made a late-night call. taunting her. using her cell phone. >> he said i have mandy. nobody calls her manny. and we knew it was foul play.
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>> making that call was a mere misleading authorities to within two blocks of his house. in 2003 the fbi was just starting to develop technology to track a cell phone's location. >> the intelligence we had indicat indicated it was used in a 30-40 block area. we spent time hoping the phone would be used again. >> castro didn't use that phone again and the one solid lead vanished in thin air. >> there were good tips and leads that we had topped up on but unfortunately the tips department come in. >> the weeks are slowly stretching into months when castro made a strange promise. >> he would tell me, if he got another girl in the house, i'm looking for another girl and i'll take you home. >> but amanda knows he is lying. he had seen michelle knight
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locked in other room. though they had never spoken. he knew thee she was a prisoner too. >> it was scary. we wondered if one day we would be murdered. if he wanted more girls in the p house. what was he go going to do to us. >> as time passed by. her mother held on to hope. her bedroom unchanged. christmas presents still unopened. four hours away. in the freezing cold of her room. she fills the hours writing in a diary, on notebooks, napkin, even fast food bags. >> you get a bag like this, bring something home, what would do you with it? >> just go all of the way around -- >> voila. >> there's your paper. >> how many days did you get into this? >> oh, that would last a good week, if you needed it to. >> amanda has been a prisoner for almost a year when castro goes on the prowl again, hunting. just five blocks away from the street where he kidnapped
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amanda. >> on this day, the young girl who catches his eye is 14. her name, gina dejesus and she's one of his daughter's closest friends. >> he pulls over to me, and then i got in the car, and then he would say he was going to turn around. well, he never turned around. >> gina dejesus is about to become castro's third victim. with us. buying a used car can be a scary proposition. you walk onto that lot and immediately you are surrounded, like a guppy in a shark tank. it just feels like, car salesmen want to sell whatever car is best for them, not best for me. there's gotta be a better way. ♪ as long as people drive cars carmax will be the best way to buy them.
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her spirit is in her smile. gina dejesus age 14, the baby of the family. she loves to dance. >> i like you. >> now, 25, she still has the sweetness of a 14-year-old girl she once was. >> what are words that describe what kind of 14-year-old you were? >> outgoing. i like to go outside, and hang out with my friends, go skating. >> what dreams did you have for yourself? >> i wanted to become a lawyer? >> why? >> i don't know. i think it was fun to win cases. >> gina grew up on the rough
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side of a hard town. the youngest child of three, she was a slow learner. in special education classes, and from an early age, her mother, nancy ruiz, always taught her to be weary of strangers. >> i told her, if somebody came up to you, can you help me look for my dog, i lost my dog, don't stop. you continue to walk and ignore the person. i told her to be aware of her surroundings of of all times but all of nancy's planning was no match for a predator like ariel as throw. >> tell us about that day. you were with his daughter? >> yes. arlene castro. >> did you have any idea what kind of man he was? >> no. i just knew -- i just knew that that was her father, and my dad was friends with him. >> gina is heading home from school with her friend, arlene, and gets her some of her bus money to phone home. >> we were talking about what we wanted to do because it was friday, and then i was like, you
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can come over, and then she asked her mom, and her mom says no. she went the other way, and then i went the other way. >> now short on bus fare, gina starts the long walk home when suddenly that maroon suv pulls up on the curb. it's arlene's father. >> he asks me if you've seen my daughter. i said yeah, she's right around the corner. he was like, can you help me find her. and i said, sure. >> when they arrive at the house. he invites her in. >> i was sitting there, and he look starts like to like touch me and stuff. and then, i'm like, what are you doing? you can go to jail, and then he just switches up, okay, you're going to go home now. but you can't go through the same door he came in. >> he leads gina down into his basement then grabs her and begins to chain her. >> he didn't make it tight enough. so i threw it over and tried to run but he sat on my back.
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and then i just started kicking him. i kicked him and bruised him really bad. >> as castro overpowers the tiny girl, she starts screaming for help. >> known could hear me the radio was too loud. >> he always had the radio up so the neighbors couldn't hear. >> he had two radios up. he had one in the basement and one in the living room. >> help was only two miles away. if gina's parents only knew where to start. >> i went searching everywhere. dumpsters, schools, empty buildings. >> the police feverishly search for clues now suspecting there's a serial criminal on the loose. >> on air, ground, every inch of cleveland under the microscope. >> for the first two weeks gina is traumatized by castro's disturbing behavior. >> he would take my hair and like put it in his mouth. i don't know why he did it, but
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it was gross. >> when is the first time that he took advantage of you? >> may 7th? >> she still remembers the exact date. but it's still too painful to say more. >> what are you comfortable in sharing and telling us about that. >> i'm not comfortable. >> during her first few days in captivity. gina watches stories about her own kidnapping and begins to suspect she is not castro's first victim. >> i kept watching the news after a while. >> new hope amanda berry would soon come hope. >> i said, did you take amanda? he was no, why would you think that? i was, because he took me. >> one month later, he admits the truth, allowing the girls to meet for the first time while watching their families on "america's most wanted." >> i called her friends, they said she did not see them. >> what is your feeling, oh, h my god there's two others. that i'm not the only one in
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here, he's got three of us. >> there's something wrong with this man. >> with three women all in the house. each in separate rooms he started to create a polygamist version of his ideal family. >> what was the relationship like with you with him? >> i couldn't stand him. i couldn't show it all of the time. i had to act like i liked him and we were friends. >> dediluded himself into thinking he was leading a normal life with these women. he was providing for them. they had a little familily is crazy but that's the way he thought. >> at first gina was castro's new favorite. >> he seemed to treat me better than the other girls, i wonder if he's kinder to me because i'm the new girl and i wonder what happens when i'm not new anymore. >> as the new girl gina learns about castro's rigid house rules granting them freedom from
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chains to clean the house. >> we had to use a tiny drop of dish soap to wash the dishes. >> we had to put the pan in the center of the stove. >> it couldn't be used to the left or right. >> he used his deprivation to drive the girls apart. >> when you have less, you get jealous. >> yes. >> what were you jealous of? >> could be getting more food, less clothes. when you don't have anything, why can't i have that? i want that. >> the girls were riding an emotional roller coaster when suddenly amanda drops a bombshell, she writes about it in her diary. >> i have a secret. a reason to fight. i think i'm pregnant fact. >> when we come back. turns out it wasn't the machine, it was our detergent. so we switched to tide turbo clean and now we get way cleaner clothes way faster
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>> three more years have passed on that house on seymour avenue. gina, amanda, and michelle locked in a prison of frozen time. their posters are getting tattered. their school friends have graduated. >> what was the biggest part of you that you felt he took from you that you lost? >> a normal life. living life as a normal teenage girl, having birthday, or going to a prom, having fun times. just a regular teenager. >> still, they hold fast to the memories of their families' love. ironically, castro gives the girls this stencil, they trace the word "hope" to ward off despair. >> i got that when he went to the yard sale. i thought it was so random. >> what did it mean to you? >> it gave me hope to come home one day. >> the only window to the outside world is that black and
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white television. >> anybody you watched on television that helped you get through the times? >> i watched oprah for a lot. watched recipes. and i watched you. >> you watched me? >> i remember during hurricane katrina, i saw everything you went through. >> my family had barely survived the hurricane's devastation. >> mom's okay. sister's okay. >> they're all right. >> i got to say, amanda, you saying that, it reafirms to you that you never know who is watching. >> you never do. >> and amanda is watching when her mother appears on the montel williams show with psychic sylvia brown. >> i watched her and i said i wished my mom would go on there and tell her i am alive and that i'm okay. >> sylvia brown breaks her open? >> i hate this, she's not alive, honey. >> i broke down crying. i can't believe she said that.
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my mom broke down crying, so it hurts. >> two years later amanda learns on a news report that her mother had passed. >> i think that was the hardest part being this there. she was always fighting and she was never going to give up on me and for her to get sick and i couldn't be there with her. i couldn't help her when she was sick. >> isolated by loss, sometimes amanda has only castro. >> so, he came in the room, and i was just really sad, and i started talking to him. he said everything is going to be okay. everything's going to turn out all right. so i asked him for a hug. and we hugged. >> there had to be a part of you that was saying, what in the world. >> there was. but then there was another part of me like, i needed that. i needed like a human caring touch.
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instead of everything that he always said which was not caring. >> it is amanda's 20th birthday, when hope makes an unexpected visit. >> i think i'm pregnant. i think my mom sent this baby. someone to help pull me through. i think she is sending me a miracle. >> it is early in the morning on christmas day. 2006, and amanda berry is in labor. >> he went and got michelle and he got this baby pool, because he didn't want a mess on the bad, so -- >> he strip off her clothes and gets in that inflatable wading pool. >> michelle sat there and said calm down, you're okay. and he sat on a rocking chair reading this book about birth and stuff. >> just hours later, baby jocelyn emerges into her surreal world. >> what was it like for you,
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amanda, when you looked in her eyes for the first time? >> it was amazes. because she was so quiet. and she was just the most beautiful thing. >> you hear of rape victims who have a child. how do you just wrap your mind around it and make it work? >> you know, at first that's what i was worried about, this is his kid, how do i feel about that? and she resembled him a lot. and i would look at her, and i just felt like she's mine. she's mine. >> at first, castro's so afraid of raising questions, he buys no supplies for the baby. >> her first outfit was one of his socks, and he cut out like two holes for her legs and then he cut out another sock and cut
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two arms out and it was like a little dress for her. >> from day one of jocelyn's life, amanda fights for normal in the most abnormal of places. she covers the doors over her windows with a bright shower curtain. she pastes the alphabet up on a wall but as jocelyn grows older, it gets harder to hide the truth. >> does she see the chains on you? >> yeah. so, he started to call them like bracelets. and she was about three years old. and he finally took the chains off. that was because of jocelyn. >> what was her relationship like with her father? >> normal. she loved him and he loved her. >> though jocelyn is almost thr3 before he concepts to her first walk outside in the sun. >> she had never been to parks before and seen little kids like
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herself. >> one of the best times when you looked out and you saw the sunlight on her face for the first time. >> it was the most beautifulest thing. i just felt like that's -- that's where she should always be. >> it's the beginning of a new chapter in jocelyn's life, going outside, attending sunday services. her room is now filled with toys. castro's love for jocelyn is turning him into a different man. >> he really didn't know what to do, because this adorable little girl saying, i want to go outside and see the ice cream man, i want to go and see the snow, and the more she led him outside, kind of the more likely it was that his jail was going to one day burst apart. >> it is the summer of 2011. jocelyn is almost five years old when, in a defiant act of hope, amanda creates an imaginary schoolhouse inside the prison of their tiny room.
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>> they would pretend, leave our house. all in the same room, of course. >> so you were doing this all in the same room? >> yeah. >> i would tell her, okay, you're on a street now, so you have to stop. then look both ways for cars, then go across the street. okay, we're at school now, i'll sit her at her desk and tell her, you have a good day at school. mommy will be back later for you. >> they would travel together on that imaginary journey every day of jocelyn's kindergarten year. >> when we come back, how they nearly escaped. >> his daughter is right there, ten feet away. did you think, if we yell -- next. so i call my mom. i have verizon! i don't. she couldn't really hear me. i tell her how much she means to me. but she thinks i said she was always mean to me. i could hear how happy she was. now she definitely loves my sister more.
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robin roberts continues with captive, a journey of hope and survival. >> though, the house was a fortress and the girls for years locked and chained, the question that many may ask is, why didn't they run? >> i thought about putting rat poisoning in his beans and then spraying like pine sol in his eyes but he was always a step ahead of what i was doing. >> both girls admit there were opportunities that slipped away. once when gina's friend arlene castro stopped by, he moved and chained all three girls in the basement. >> the three of you were in the basement, in his daughter was right there. >> arlene was just ten feet away. >> we could hear them laughing and talking. >> still, they were being silent. >> did you think about if we
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yell, she's right there, we're right there, possibly somebody could -- she could hear you? >> there was always a chance, what if -- >> he killed everybody. >> the daily abuse was agonizing, but the unknown even more terrifying. >> every day was unpredictable. that was one of the hardest parts because you never knew how he was going to act? >> what do you say to those people to make them under? >> you never know until you're in that situation what you do if you react. >> they dreamt of setting the house on fire, of escaping but if i get caught, i can't bear any more pain. they were frozen in fear. >> but may 6, 2013 court age cam from the most unexpected places. on that day it's little jocelyn that arranged the great escape. she said mom daddy's car is
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gone. i said if i am going to do it, i have to do it now. amazingly she finds her bedroom door unlocked. >> this was the one time your bedroom door was not locked? >> never before that happened. >> she races downstairs the front door was open but beyond it the second door padlocked shut. still she managed to squeeze beyond it. >> i'm waving my arm. please, please help me i'm amanda berry, please. >> she's too scared to go back and i turned to michelle and said we could run. but michelle gets pumped, i talked her out of it. >> why did you talk her out of it? >> i thought amanda got caught. >> outside the neighbor was outside but didn't intervene. >> he didn't help me. i thought that's when he's going
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to come home. >> that's when charles randy came in. >> i saw this girl go nuts. she said help me get out. i been here a long time >> he started to pull on the door and couldn't get it open either. he kind of kicks it. he said there you go, finish kicking it out and you can get out. >> with reckless courage amanda kicks her way to freedom and emerges, clinging to her terrified daughter. this is a cell phone image of that moment of freedom. >> she comes out with a little girl and she says call 911. my name is amanda berry. >> help me i'm amanda berry, i'm been kidnapped. i'm been missing for ten years. i'm here, i'm free now. >> were you still frightened that he made show up at any time? >> i was terrified. just because there's people on the street doesn't mean that he wouldn't hurt me. >> why, after all this time, do you think he left that toward open? >> i still don't know why he left that day with the door unlocked? i will never know. >> within minutes, the police
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start flatting the street. >> it was so unreal, because the cops just kept coming. >> my partner immediately asked her, you know, is there anybody else inside? she said yes, gina dejesus and another girl. >> a neighbor captures a moment when police storm the house. inside gina and michelle cower in her room. afraid of castrcastro's rage. >> we said we're next. hide. and police just run in there. >> she jumped on to me and said you saved us, you saved us and i'm holding on to her so tight. >> in tears the officer looks up and sees gina, unrecognizable, after losing 30 pounds. >> i just look at her and i asked her, what is her name. >> she said my name is georgeina
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dejesus. >> we found them. we found them. >> lost and finally found, the flashing lights blind their eyes, accustomed only to darkness. >> once i saw that, i'm like, you know, this is it. i think we're free now. >> delivered, at last from the shadow, their families wait with open arms. >> oh, my god, she's so skinny, but she was still beautiful. she had the biggest smile that she always had. >> it was like a dream. i needed somebody to wake me up. >> thank you, lord. you brought my baby back home. >> for amanda, gina, and michelle, the endless nights of terror have finally come to an end. >> can you forgive him? >> the answer, when we
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august 1st, 2013, ariel castro pleads guilty to 937 counts of kidnapping and rape. his sentence, life plus 1,000 years but can gina and amanda forgive the man who stole their lives away? >> i think you have to forgive in order to move on with your life. >> can you forgive him? >> you know i thought about that a lot and, in this situation, i feel like, no, i could never forgive him. i mean, he took my mom from me. i'll never get to see her again. >> just weeks into his sentence, castro hanged himself. >> i wish he would have not killed hisself, because i wanted
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him to suffer like we did. i think he took the easy way out. >> the house on seymour avenue -- >> yeah! >> -- has been demolished torn down by the state to present it from becoming a more bid curiosity. it took less than one hour to erase a 10-year-old nightmare. >> you cried? >> i think it was like tears of happiness. everything bad that happened in that house, now it's gone. >> one hopeful item from those dark year, a thank you note, now seems prophetic. >> one day i was going to get home and they were going to read this. thank you for not giving up on me, it's because of your help you're reading this and that's why i'm hope. >> this is part of what brought you home. >> to amanda berry, gina dejesus and michele knight, the third woman imprisoned in that house? >> we don't really keep in touch
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but i wish her the best. >> for amanda and gina survival sweatened the taste of freedom? >> how is your life now? . it's great. i can walk outside when i want. i can take my daughter to school. i can go to my friend's house. i can eat what i want. >> i'm going to school now. >> have you learned how to drive now? >> yes. i have my license. >> i hope my daughter -- she does good in school. we just have a bright future and see what comes. >> with the past now behind them. one last note, to the thousands of missing children out there, watching, searching, as gina and amanda did, for light in the darkness. >> you don't know who is watching you right now when we air this. what do you say to that person who is watching you right now? >> ammanda looked straight into the camera with this message of hope. >> never give up, because you will make it, your family, your friends, will not give up. so you don't give up.
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♪ i believe i believe i believe i believe ♪ ♪ you believe anything is possible ♪ ♪ i believe i believe i believe i believe i believe anything is possible ♪ >> believe anything is possible. a message we could all take to heart. if you think you have information about a missing or exploited child, please contact 1-800-the-lost and one final reminder. amanda and gina's new book "hope a memoir of survival in cleveland" has just been released. i'm robin roberts. thanks for joining us everyone, and have a good night. coming up next tensions mount in baltimore as police begin
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enforcing a city wide curfew. passengers recould today's emergency landing at philadelphia international next. this is the way it looked 35 minutes ago at pennsylvania and north in baltimore. the city wide curfew was supposed to go into effect a


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