Michelle Knight speaks before Castro denies accusations
Michelle Knight stands up and speaks out.
Ariel Castro denies he was a monster and says he's just sick.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
the oddest thing that happened in the courtroom was Ariel Castro's denials.
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.
you saw the Youtube video of Amanda from this weekend, that right there proves
that she was not injured," says Castro.
Castro may be the only person on the planet that believes there was harmony of
any kind in his house of horrors.
total weight of all the chains and padlocks combined was 92.28 pounds.
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.
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.
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.
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."
judge had the final say--life plus 1000 years for Castro and a scolding.
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."
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