Ariel Castro sentenced to life

After serving only 33 days of a 1,000 year prison sentence for kidnapping 3 Cleveland women, Ariel Castro hanged himself in his prison cell yesterday, the New York times reports.

Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday night. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Castro was placed on suicide watch after his arrest earlier this year for kidnapping 3 girls between 2002 and 2004 and keeping them captive in his Cleveland home.

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Charles Ramsey

Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man who helped rescue three kidnapped women says he is broke, homeless, and needs a job.

Ramsey became an overnight celebrity after he helped free Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight who were held captive for over 10 years by Cleveland school bus driver Ariel Castro.

Donations poured in for the unlikely hero who used part of his windfall to purchase a used BMW for $8,000. Ramsey reportedly turned down offers of free burgers for the rest of his life from more than a dozen northeast Ohio restaurants. He also reportedly spurned a job offer from McDonald's.

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Amanda Berry Gina DeJesus Michelle Knight

Three Ohio women who were snatched off the streets as teenagers 10 years ago thanked their supporters in a video released Monday.

Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, were kidnapped as teenagers and held for over 10 years in the dungeon of Cleveland school bus driver Ariel Castro, 52.

The three and a half minute video was posted to YouTube on Monday by a public relations firm, according to UK's Daily Mail. In the video, Berry, DeJesus and Knight thanked their supporters for giving them privacy after the girls were rescued on May 6. Berry had a daughter, now 6, while in captivity.

"First and foremost, I want everyone to understand how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends," Berry said. "It's been unbelievable. I'm getting stronger each day and having my privacy has helped immensely. I ask that everyone continues to respect our privacy and give us to time have a normal life."

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