Michelle Knight speaks before Castro denies accusations - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Michelle Knight speaks before Castro denies accusations

Posted: Updated:
Michelle Knight stands up and speaks out. Michelle Knight stands up and speaks out.
Ariel Castro denies he was a monster and says he's just sick. Ariel Castro denies he was a monster and says he's just sick.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Probably the oddest thing that happened in the courtroom was Ariel Castro's denials.

He didn't kill anyone, he didn't forcibly rape anyone, that the sex was consensual and that there was even what he called harmony in the house of horrors.

"If you saw the Youtube video of Amanda from this weekend, that right there proves that she was not injured," says Castro.

Ariel Castro may be the only person on the planet that believes there was harmony of any kind in his house of horrors.

The total weight of all the chains and padlocks combined was 92.28 pounds.

Pictures of the home show it as a disheveled mess with chains in rooms, old heavy doors nailed over exterior windows and obstacles placed on any exit path-- and these were not the most graphic pictures.  The descriptions at times were graphic as were descriptions of the women on the night they were found.

Miss Knight in particular related that she had been held prisoner, related that she had been pregnant, and been subjected to  deprivation of food and violence to try and force a miscarriage.

Castro's demeanor while polite was defiant when it came to what he did.  He seems to be laboring under the idea that he is not a violent person.  Michelle Knight spoke, not looking at Castro.  She was strong.

"You took 11 years of my life away and now I've got them back.  I spent 11 years in hell, now your hell is just beginning."

The judge had the final say--life plus 1000 years for Castro and a scolding.

"Seems to me that you would still pose a grave danger to the community if you would receive anything but consecutive sentences.  You don't deserve to be out in the community.  You're too dangerous."

During the sentencing, a cousin of Gina DeJesus spoke.  When she finished she turned toward Ariel Castro and in Spanish told him "May God have mercy on your soul."

Copyright 2013 WOIO. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Ocean Springs man's outlook inspires those around him

    Ocean Springs man's outlook inspires those around him

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:38:59 GMT
    June 4, 2008 Steven Lowery dove into a local river, broke his neck, and was left paralyzed. Many would have become depressed and withdrawn. But Steven's remarkable outlook on life is inspiring others.More >>
    June 4, 2008 is the day that Steven Lowery's life changed forever. That day he was spending time with friends at a local river. He dove in, broke his neck, and was left paralyzed. Many people suffering that tragedy would have become withdrawn and distant. But you don't know Steven and his remarkable outlook on life.More >>
  • Spring breakers enjoy the coast

    Spring breakers enjoy the coast

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:00:18 GMT
    It was a busy day on the beaches of Biloxi Saturday, as people came out to enjoy the sun on the second day of Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.More >>
    It was a busy day on the beaches of Biloxi Saturday, as people came out to enjoy the sun on the second day of Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.More >>
  • Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:55:08 GMT
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas.More >>
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these six areas.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.