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July 9th, 2013
11:52 PM ET

Cleveland kidnap victims give thanks

The three young women, held captive for years, speak out for the first time since their rescue. Pamela Brown reports.

June 12th, 2013
11:18 PM ET

Therapist: Victims adapt to survive

A therapist who's helping kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard has advice for others rebuilding their lives after a traumatic ordeal. Anderson Cooper spoke with psychologist Rebecca Bailey about the will to survive and triumph after tragedy.

May 17th, 2013
10:14 PM ET

Cleveland officers on discovering missing women

When officers arrived at Ariel Castro's home in Cleveland, a crowd had formed on the porch.

But where was the woman they came for? Where was Amanda Berry?

Then she stepped forward, holding a crying child. It was really her, the missing girl they had searched for for 10 years.

It is Amanda Berry, Officer Michael Tracy said.

"Just the emotion at that point of my partner confirming that it was Amanda ... It was overwhelming," Officer Anthony Espada recalled.

Cleveland police this week released the emotional video interviews of officers Espada, Tracy and Barbara Johnson, who helped in the May 6 rescue of the three women from Castro's home.

It's also a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at the raw emotions of officers involved in the ordeal.

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May 17th, 2013
10:10 PM ET

Examining Castro's work attendance record

WOIO's Scott Taylor reports that Ariel Castro was absent from work on the days surrounding Gina DeJesus' disappearance.

May 15th, 2013
10:42 PM ET

Life in captivity for Cleveland women

An FBI agent tells CNN's Randi Kaye that Michelle Knight was beaten with hand weights while held captive for more than a decade in Ariel Castro's house. But she doesn't need facial reconstruction as previously reported.

The agent also clarified reports about a hierarchy among the women when they were in captivity. At the hospital they were walking around together and seemed equally concerned about each other.

The agent also mentioned that the only reason Gina DeJesus and Knight didn't follow Amanda Berry out of the house the day she escaped was because they feared Castro, and not because they didn't trust Berry.

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May 14th, 2013
11:34 PM ET

Kidnapped and forgotten

Michelle Knight was 21 when she vanished in 2002. After 11 years, she was found in Ariel Castro's Cleveland house with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. The three women were allegedly tortured, raped, and mentally abused by their captor.

While residents remember Berry and DeJesus disappearing, they aren't as familiar with Knight's case. One neighbor told CNN that people thought she may have left town; her family also thought that was a possibility. Because she was an adult, authorities may have assumed that too.

Cleveland police removed Knight's name from the FBI's missing persons database just 15 months after she was last seen. The FBI has said it couldn't find her mother and was unable to confirm Michelle was still missing.

According to the police report, Knight told officers Castro got her pregnant and then abused her as a means of aborting the baby. She said he starved her for at least two weeks then he repeatedly punched her in the stomach until she miscarried.

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Support for Cleveland survivors
Photo credit: David Puente
May 14th, 2013
06:34 PM ET

Support for Cleveland survivors

Editor's note: Tonight Randi Kaye reports on kidnapping survivor Michelle Knight. She was abducted in 2002 at age 21 but her name was removed from the FBI's Missing Persons Database just 15 months after she vanished. Tune in at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

This Sunday, a citywide rally will unite the residents of Cleveland. Churches on the east and west sides want to come together to honor Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, the three missing women found last week. Cleveland desperately needs to heal and process the raw emotions of what happened.

On Seymour Avenue where the girls were allegedly tortured for a decade, neighbors tell me they can't sleep, they cry for no reason and they feel extremely mad. It's upsetting that heinous crimes were allegedly committed only feet away from where they live. Not knowing about it makes residents increasingly angry at themselves and at suspect Ariel Castro.

Today I spoke to Lupe Collins, a friend of the DeJesus family, who said she still feels ill, and not figuratively. "My stomach is upset. I'm nervous. I feel physically sick," she said.

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May 13th, 2013
11:00 PM ET

Barbed wire, chains litter Ariel Castro's yard

Bicycles. Barbed wire. A chain.

Those are of just some of the items found in kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro's Cleveland yard, according to photographs taken over the weekend by a neighbor and obtained by CNN.

The neighbor asked not to be identified and said that he took the photographs because he wants people to know what's there.

The images show a cluttered yard.

A garage sits in the background, while basketball nets, a ladder and what looks to be a pile of debris rest in the foreground.

One of the photographs shows a thick spool of barbed wire; another shows a chain.

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May 13th, 2013
10:25 PM ET

Councilman: Audit missing people cases

Councilman Michael Polensek wants police to evaluate missing persons cases in light of the three women found in Cleveland last week. Anderson Cooper spoke with him about the unresolved disappearances and how law enforcement should investigate.

Tonight on AC360: Inside Castro's backyard
May 13th, 2013
08:00 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Inside Castro's backyard

CNN's Randi Kaye has exclusive photos of Ariel Castro's backyard. They show chains, barbed wire, junk, children's toys, tarps and more on the suspect's property. Watch her report at 8 p.m. ET.

Anderson will talk with Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins about the latest in the kidnapping investigation. He started a fund to help the victims. If you'd like to donate, go to http://www.clevelandfoundation.org/about/cleveland-courage-fund/

Also, the brothers of the accused kidnapper are speaking out. They claim they knew nothing about Castro's alleged crimes and they want him to suffer for the pain he has caused. Don't miss Martin Savidge's exclusive interview.

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