The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions . . . by John Glatt

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The 911 call played repeatedly for months on news stations in Cleveland, Ohio, after it first was placed on May 6, 2013, and is now immortalized on YouTube.

“Help me! I’m Amanda Berry! I’ve been kidnapped! And I’ve been missing for 10 years! And I’m here! I’m free now!”

The 27-year-old woman who made that frantic call from Cleveland’s west side was one of three women who had disappeared inexplicably from that neighborhood 10 years earlier. Amanda, along with Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, had each been abducted separately by Cleveland musician and school bus driver Ariel Castro and had spent a decade imprisoned in Castro’s home, forced to endure deplorable conditions and unspeakably brutal treatment, until that fateful evening in May when Amanda took advantage of Castro’s temporary absence from the home and escaped with the help of some of Castro’s neighbors. True crime writer John Glatt tells the girls’ harrowing stories and delves into the background of the man who completely deceived family, friends, and law enforcement officials with his heinous secrets in The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus. Relying heavily on court transcripts, newspaper articles, and interviews with Castro’s family, neighbors, and former girlfriend of three years, Gatt pieces together the events that unfolded to create one of the most notorious and abhorrent crimes in Cleveland history. Readers of this book may also be interested in Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland (2015) by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus and Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings (2014) by Michelle Knight.