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.