In 2002, Michelle Knight was captured by Ariel Castro and hidden in his residence for 11-years before she was rescued in 2013. Knight was locked up in a house in Cleveland, Ohio with Amanda Berry and Georgian Dejesus, where they were raped daily and physically abused. In fact, Castro starved and abused Knight so badly that it resulted in her miscarrying five of his babies.
In the latest issue of Newsweek, Knight shared that she now has five rose tattoos for each baby lost in assault-inducing abortions. Additionally, she has a picture of a baby with the words “TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR EARTH” tattooed across her chest.
Live Action News reports that the tattoo is reminiscent of how martyrs are described in Hebrews 11:38. In the interview with Newsweek, she said the following about her years in Castro’s house: “I couldn’t emphasize enough how much pain it was. And how every day was pure torture: what he did, how he did it or where he did it. It was hard to control my fear ’cause every day I thought I was gonna die. And if I didn’t die, I was gonna be in pain.”
Since the horrific experience, Knight has changed her name to Lillian Rose Lee and authored a book about her time in captivity.
As LifeNews previously reported, an Ohio grand jury returned a 329-count indictment against Ariel Castro charging him with kidnapping and rape of three women as well as two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of two unborn babies.
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In 2013, several national and Ohio pro-life groups joined together to sign and deliver a letter asking Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty to file murder charges against Ariel Castro for killing five unborn children during the kidnapping of Michelle Knight, one of the three women he abducted. The signers of the letter believed that Castro should be charged for violating Ohio’s Fetal Homicide Law.
A representative of one of the groups told LifeNews he’s happy the grand jury returned charges. “Our coalition is pleased that the prosecutor kept his word by following our urging to charge Castro with murder. The grand juries’ decision to charge Castro with murdering two of the unborn children that Michelle Knight was carrying will hopefully bring them justice,” said Mark Harrington of Created Equal. “These babies deserve the same protection that all pregnant mothers have. Despite the fact that the Michelle Knight was not also killed in this instance is beside the point. We expect Castro to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for murdering these unborn babies.”
The Ohio Fetal Homicide Law (ORC 2903.01) reads, “No person shall purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the death of another or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy.”
Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to 937 criminal counts of rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder. However, one month into his sentence, he committed suicide by hanging himself with bedsheets in his prison cell.