More facts out of Cleveland

The Dayton Daily News (one of my brothers used to work for them, not as a journalist but to run their computers) has published a list of “Seven Creepy Things You Didn’t Know” about Ariel Castro. (Why am I suddenly reminded of Zefrank‘s wonderful “True Facts About The ____” series?)

The “things you didn’t know” are all things I either did know or could certainly have guessed, and I’m not even following the case all that closely:

1. He blames his victims, saying what he did to them was their fault cause they got in his car.
2. He’s a hypocrite.
3. The victims watched TV news about their kidnappings while locked up in Castro’s house. This is not, technically, a fact about Ariel Castro himself, but whatever.
4. He abused his late ex-wife horribly. (That I had heard already.)
5. One of his daughters is in prison for attempted murder. (Ditto.)
6. He helped search for Gina DeJesus. (Ditto x2.)
7. Gina’s friend who was the last person to see her, is Castro’s daughter. (x3.)

My boyfriend had told me that Charles Ramsey, the man who rescued the girls, was eating in a McDonald’s across the street when he heard the screams and ran to help. When he came back, someone had taken his Big Mac. In response, they were offering Mr. Ramsey a “Chuck card” which he could present to any restaurant in Cleveland for a free burger for life. Well, it seems Ramsey has turned them down. He also says he doesn’t want the reward for finding the victims. Actually, what he said was, “You know I got a job anyway. Just went picked it up, paycheck.” He said the women should get it.

As I have said before, the girls are going to need all the financial help they can get. Certainly they’re not going to be capable of getting their own paychecks for the foreseeable future.

Enterprising journalists dug up Ramsey’s background and found out he was in jail for domestic violence, like, ten years ago. He served his time, got out and did not re-offend. BIG FRIGGIN’ DEAL. The man learned his lesson and his actions on May 6 more than balance out his prior mistakes. Charles Ramsey should be an inspiration to us all. I’m not the only person who thinks that. In fact, one agency that reported on his criminal record has apologized for doing so.

9 thoughts on “More facts out of Cleveland

  1. Princess Shantae May 30, 2013 / 7:46 am

    He’s pretty generous to turn down the reward. Makes sense though; the girls are going to need all the money that comes their way, and if he doesn’t feel like he needs it… Also, you might say he didn’t find them, Amanda kind of found him.
    Somebody puts together a list of “seven creepy facts” about a person, they should at least make them interesting and things that were already on the news or in the paper.

  2. Justin May 30, 2013 / 5:26 pm

    If you become famous, for good deeds or bad, you have less than two heatbeats before someone in the media starts looking into your past for something to smear you with. Two cases in point: Last year, 16-year-old Gabby Douglas won two gold medals in the 2012 Olympic Games. The medals barely had a chance to rest on her neck before the search for smear information began. They couldn’t find anything on her, so they brought up that her mother had filed for bankruptcy. I mean, who cares? What is the point in bringing THAT up? And let’s not forget 19-year-old Pfc. Jessica Lynch who was captured at the start of the war in Iraq and rescued. Someone sold some topless photographs of her to Hustler Magazine, one of the lower end porn magazines. The only reason they didn’t publish it was because America was still riding high on the invasion and most would be seriously ticked off if they published it, including many of readers of Hustler, many of whom had military backgrounds and the publisher, Larry Flynt was afraid the backlash would cost him money.

    • Meaghan May 30, 2013 / 5:34 pm

      That reminds me of what I read about how Rosa Parks was NOT the first black woman in Birmingham to get arrested for refusing to stand in the back of the bus, and the protest movement chose her as their poster child (well, poster woman) for her impeccable background. Two other candidates were rejected because one had a child out of wedlock by a white man (from rape, she says) and the other’s father was supposedly an alcoholic (which turned out to be untrue).

  3. Princess Shantae May 30, 2013 / 7:35 pm

    You’re thinking of Claudette Colvin. Wikipedia says that her son was fathered by a light skinned black man and that it was just gossip that the father was white. He was born the year after Claudette was arrested for not giving up her bus seat.
    There was a guy who had used to be a Marine who saved Gerald Ford when he was shot at the second time. I forget his name, Oliver something? Anyway, after the assassination attempt he was kind of a hero and all and reporters found out he was into the gay scene in San Francisco and gay rights and such. He asked them not to publicize it b/c his family back home didn’t know about it, but they did tell it and his family didn’t want anything to do with him after that and he ended up drinking himself to death.

    • Meaghan May 30, 2013 / 7:37 pm

      Ann Rule wrote a book chapter about an early gay rights campaigner who was, I think, the first person to challenge for his right to serve in the military. He was in the army already, without saying he was gay, then he came out of the closet and they gave him the boot and he took them to court and lost.

      No one in the gay rights world remembers this guy’s name. Or wants to. This is because he later had his lover killed for the insurance money.

  4. Princess Shantae May 30, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    I read that one a long time back.
    If you have a cause, and esp. if its not a real popular cause or its controversial, you don’t like to admit that somebody who champions that cause maybe isn’t a good person after all and reflects bad on the group as a whole.

  5. libraryjobber May 30, 2013 / 10:28 pm

    Oliver Sipple was the Marine you’re thinking of.

  6. Princess Shantae May 31, 2013 / 7:07 am

    Yes, thanks, he’s the one, I knew it was kind of a funny name.
    The ultimate in hero-smearing is Richard Jewell. He saved many lives by trying to clear the area around where the Olympic bomb was and wound up a suspect. His whole life was ruined and he died young. They ought to of charged Eric Rudolph with another murder for what happened to Jewell too.

  7. Cattt June 6, 2013 / 5:40 pm

    “Gina’s friend who was the last person to see her, is Castro’s daughter. (x3.)” …. yeah talk about creepy. And I think one of Castro’s last posts on his Facebook was that he was thanking God for miracles or something like that before the girls were found. lol!

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