View all 19 comments. May 20, Diane rated it liked it Shelves: memoirs , true-crime. This is a horrifying memoir. Michelle Knight had a traumatic childhood that included abuse, neglect and molestation, and she ran away from home when she was 15, during which time she slept under a bridge and briefly worked for a drug dealer.
In , when she was 21, she was kidnapped by a Cleveland bus driver named Ariel Castro and then held captive in his house for almost 11 years. While she was imprisoned, she was frequently raped, beaten, starved and abused. During those hellish years, Castro This is a horrifying memoir.
During those hellish years, Castro kidnapped two other girls, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, and also kept them chained in the house. Michelle often begged Castro to let her go so she could see her son again on the day she was kidnapped, she had been on her way to court to see if she could regain custody of her son, Joey and Castro would often beat her if she started crying.
With three kidnapped girls in the house, he said he wanted them all to be a happy family. This warped dude had kidnapped me, beat me, and raped me every day -- and he expected us to be a family? I knew he wasn't just sick; he was a total psycho. He was living in his own fantasy world -- and I had to find a way out of it.
By we were trained. After years of being in prison a crazy thing starts to happen: the locks move from off of your wrists and your ankles and up to your brain After you've been raped, humiliated, beaten, and chained for so long, you get into the habit of doing what you're told.
Your spirit starts crumbling. You start not to be able to imagine anything different. And it feels like your captor is all-seeing and all-knowing. She was able to call and police soon rescued Michelle and Gina. Castro was arrested and sentenced to life in prison. He talked about his porn addiction and how he was abused when he was a kid.
I had heard it all before. Plenty of people get abused, but they don't go out and kidnap three women. I didn't feel sorry for him; I was still angry. It was ruled a suicide. I wanted him to sit in his cell and rot away a little bit at a time for the rest of his life, just like he forced me to do. However, the book is so disturbing that parts of it made me ill. I would not recommend it to sensitive readers. If you were upset by Emma Donoghue's novel "Room," about a 5-year-old boy and his mother who are held captive in a small shed, then you should avoid Michelle's memoir, because it is a real horror story.
View all 11 comments. May 23, Dana Burgess rated it it was amazing. I was hesitant to pick this book up. I didn't really want to know what happened to any of the women in Ariel Castro's hereafter referred to as 'the dude' prison. I wasn't after some sensational, disgusting account of abuse and slavery. The deciding factor for me was seeing an interview with author Michelle Knight. PDF by Birister Sharma. Selbstbewusstsein macht erfolgreich! William Phelps.
Please review the types of cookies we use below. Length: pages 7 hours. Description The number one international bestseller. The harrowing true story of abduction and survival from the courageous young woman who lived it—now the subject of a Lifetime original movie, I Am Elizabeth Smart. In this memoir, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime.
On June 5, , fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. Elizabeth was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, , she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.
A Stolen Life: A Memoir. Jaycee Dugard. In the summer of I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. After I paid, I started for the door. Then I thought, Maybe I should ask the cashier if she knows where the address is , and I circled back to the counter. As she was ringing up another customer, I pulled out my sheet and showed it to her.
Something seemed off, but once Ariel apologized, I excused his strong grip as an innocent mistake. Plus, I trusted him more than I would have trusted a stranger. Do you know where this is? She eyed the address for a moment. He stepped forward to pay for his items, a couple of screwdrivers and a can of car oil.
As the cashier finished ringing him up, I got a better look at him. His thick, wavy hair was uncombed and fluffed out a bit over his olive skin. He looked about forty years old.
His pot belly spilled out over the top of his black jeans. His shirtsleeves were rolled up to his elbows. Specifications Number of Pages: Description Michelle Knight, the first of the three women abducted by notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, recounts the full story of her years in captivity, her escape, and the powerful inner strength and capacity for hope that has helped her rebuild her life.
Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. I have always had my own bed to sleep in and 3 meals all at regular scheduled times.