Nearly eleven years ago, Michelle Knight was kidnapped by crazed lunatic Ariel Castro. Afterward, he also kidnapped Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry and kept them in captivity for a decade. They were all three freed last year and are moving on with their lives.
Michelle has just released a book titled “Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings” and it details the abuse that she suffered at the hands of this twisted, deranged man. I’ve just downloaded the book yesterday and it’s sad and dark, but it makes her recovery that much sweeter. You can buy the book here. It is really worth the read.
In a new interview with “People” magazine, Michelle is opening up about her life as a survivor. She said, “I don’t dwell on the past. I really try to look forward. I want to be remembered as a victor, not a victim.”
People has more details:
It has been a year since Knight, along with two other women – Amanda Berry, 28, and Gina DeJesus, 24 – escaped from their captor Ariel Castro on May 6, 2013. Since then, the women have gone their separate ways while they heal and get reacquainted with the lives they once led.
Knight is embarking on an international book tour to promote her memoir, Finding Me, which hit bookshelves Tuesday. In it, she reveals how a troubled childhood helped her cope with some of her darkest days in captivity.
“It was a difficult [childhood], but it’s no longer me now,” she says. “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.”
Since her escape, Knight has started cooking school and hopes to one day have her own restaurant. She has found a network of friends who share her passion for singing and dancing.
“There are some things I’m still having problems with,” she says. “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].” But she’s not complaining.
“I’m doing really good,” she says. “Freedom is the air I breathe, the city I walk in. Everything is beautiful to me.”
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Posted Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 8:08am
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