Cleveland kidnapping survivor Michelle Knight is featured on the cover of the latest issue of “People” magazine. Inside this issue, she speaks on the topic of being away from her son and family for eleven years while monster Ariel Castro did horrific things to her.
She was taken a year before Castro’s other victims, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry. On May 6, 2013, she was set free from the torture and is moving on with her life. In her book “Finding Me”, Knight talks about how she suffered in her family home prior to her kidnapping, being homeless, a drug runner and ultimately Castro’s captive.
Of her childhood, she said, “It was a difficult one, but it’s no longer me now. I learned to cope with certain things that happened to me when I was younger, and it helped me to survive this incident that I went through.”
Now, she is doing better after having been in an assisted living facility. She is taking culinary courses and hopes to open up a restaurant in the future. She revealed, “There are some things I’m still having problems with. With all the damage that was done to me in the house, my eyes don’t see right – they jump a lot. And I have to take medication to control the tremors [in my arms]. I’m doing really good. Freedom is the air I breathe, the city I walk in. Everything is beautiful to me.”
On a good note, she added, “I don’t dwell on the past. I really try to look forward. I want to be remembered as a victor, not a victim.”
You can purchase her book “Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings” on Amazing using this link. This isn’t an affiliate link and is not a paid sponsorship. When reading her memoir, it was very moving and horrific. It is especially sad and sick for those who are Cleveland residents. If you want to know the true meaning of the word “monster”, then pick this book up.
We are glad that Michelle and the other ladies are able to pick up the pieces from their lives and can move on.