One of the captives of Ariel Castro’s ‘Cleveland House of Horrors’ has spoken for the first time about her 11-year ordeal.
Michelle Knight has told US television’s Dr Phil McGraw she was strung up by her neck and feet “like a fish” for days without food or water.
“He used one of those orange extension cords. I was tied up like a fish, an ornament on the wall. That’s the only way I can describe it,” she said. “I was hanging like this by my feet and I was tied by my neck and my arms with the extension cord going like that.”
The treatment has left her with permanent nerve damage on her hands and feet.
Knight tells Dr Phil the only thing that kept her going was her two-year-old son.
“I’m fighting to stay alive for him,” she said.
Knight was abducted on August 23, 2002 when she was just 21, a year before Amanda Berry. A year later Gina deJesus was also kidnapped.
Knight and the other two victims Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escaped in May by breaking a door down.
Their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, pleaded guilty to 937 criminal counts of rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Castro was found dead in his cell just a few weeks into his sentence. A coroner ruled his death a suicide but an Ohio prisons report indicated he may have died accidentally while choking himself for a sexual thrill.The other two victims, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, are writing books about their ordeal.