Reading a book about the Ariel Castro case

Right now I’m reading a book called Captive: One House, Three Women, Ten Years in Hell by Allan Hall. It’s about that notorious Cleveland case, of course. It’s British. I’m 40 pages in and the author hasn’t even begun to discuss the abductions; he keeps talking about Castro’s background instead. Apparently he came from a more or less normal family — I mean, they weren’t perfect, but weren’t horrendous either — and none of this relatives are psychos. The next chapter is going to be about Castro’s horrible maltreatment of his wife.

5 thoughts on “Reading a book about the Ariel Castro case

  1. Jeannee Waseck November 22, 2014 / 8:05 am

    This sounds fascinating! Please, keep us posted!

  2. Christine November 22, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    Hi, I’m from NJ, can you please make Lisa Ann Schmidt the missing person of the week. Thank you

  3. libraryjobber November 22, 2014 / 1:27 pm

    “Captive” is pretty good, but has some inaccuracies because it was written quickly from news reports.

    Have you read Michelle Knight’s book “Finding Me”?

    There are 2 more books due out next spring–one is by Amanda Berry and Gina Dejesus. The second is by John Glatt.

  4. Mo November 22, 2014 / 10:55 pm

    Wasn’t one of Ariel Castro’s nephews arrested for possession of child pornography sometime after his suicide? Haven’t read “Captive”, but I’ve read “Finding Me” as well as a couple other books related Cleveland survivors. One of them being “The Serial Killer’s Apprentice And 12 Other True Stories of Cleveland’s Most Intriguing Unsolved Crimes” which had a section about Amanda and Gina’s disappearances plus the possibility of them possibly being connected written before they were found. The book did not include the speculation of Ashley Summers’ disappearance being connected however. I actually didn’t think Ashley’s disappearance was very likely connected to Amanda and Gina’s disappearance before they were ever found with Michelle however. Although I didn’t read the whole book, “Dead Giveaway” by Charles Ramsey did include some interesting details about what went on around the time of the discovery of the Cleveland survivors. Charles was actually suspended from work at the time he helped rescue Amanda. He had a shell casing from an rifle that a friend of his who was in service in Iraq that he had gave him fall out of his pocket during work. His boss saw that as a threat and pretty much suspended him from work for two weeks, which is part of how he was home at the time that he helped Amanda get out. Also, when Charles gave Amanda his smartphone to call police, she had no clue how to use it, which was when Charles realized that Amanda must of been kidnapped longer ago than he expected.

    • Meaghan November 23, 2014 / 2:10 pm

      Charles’s book is on my “to read” list — along with 1,061 other books, so who knows when I’ll get to it.

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