Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Our Better Nature

That must have been one hell of an ordeal.

A steady stream of onlookers showed up all day on Cleveland’s Seymour Avenue on Tuesday just to get a look at the place where three women were held captive.

Many were there because they were in disbelief, some stopped while on a lunch break, and others were on trips through the area.

Brittany Wingfield, 21, lives several streets away from where Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, and Gina DeJesus were found Monday night.

She can’t help but ask: “What if it was me?”

“I’d want someone to think I was still alive if that was me,” she said.

Law enforcement officers who have spent a decade or more looking for the three women missing from the same west-side neighborhood never lost hope they would be found, Cleveland’s police chaplain said.

“This is an emotional roller coaster these people are on,” said the Rev. Dean Kavouras. “They never gave up. These people believed and they checked leads as recently as two weeks ago.”

Ms. Knight, now 32 and the oldest of the three rescued women, disappeared in 2002. Ms. Berry, 27, and Ms. DeJesus, 23, vanished in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

A 6-year-old girl was found in the home and is thought to be Ms. Berry’s daughter.

Three brothers have been taken into custody, though exact charges against Ariel, Pedro, and Onil Castro were not available Tuesday night.

This is one of those stories where the goodness of human nature — the man who rescued the women is a true hero — and the cruelty and barbarity of human nature is held up and we can look at it and be glad that the good side wins out every now and then.

One bark on “Our Better Nature

  1. This is also a story about police incompetence. The cops showed up twice, KNOCKED ON THE DOOR (!) but never entered. So they dropped it. Neighbors had heard screams, one saw a naked women crawling on her hands and knees across the back yard and the reports to the police brought no resolution. There are still countless kids who’ve been held by kidnappers for years. Maybe an FBI drone would help penetrate that cellar room or attic. Privacy be damned.

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