At his sentencing hearing, Ariel Castro shared his twisted version of reality, making outrageous remarks about the three young women he imprisoned and tortured for a decade. What he said about his former common-law wife, Grimilda Figueroa, was equally stunning. She died last year. Tonight Anderson spoke with her sister, Elida Caraballo.
It was a shocking final act for a man who committed unthinkable atrocities. In court today, Ariel Castro outlined his delusional justifications for his crimes minutes before a judge sentenced him to life in prison plus 1,000 years. One of the most powerful moments came when Michelle Knight, one of Castro’s victims, took the floor and addressed her captor. CNN's Pam Brown looks at today’s extraordinary hearing.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight had to endure a decade as Ariel Castro's prisoners. Today the world got a small glimpse of the man who pleaded guilty to committing horrific acts against them. Castro told the court he’s not a monster but that’s exactly the impression many people took away. Anderson discussed Castro's mental state with former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole and Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of HLN's Dr. Drew on Call.
Ariel Castro is heading to prison for life plus 1,000 years. Before he was led away, Castro used his one opportunity to address the court to offer a delusional account of his crimes. Anderson discusses Castro’s stunning statements with Senior Legal Analyst and Former Federal Prosecutor Jeffrey Toobin; Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Geragos; Former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole; and Dr Drew Pinsky, host of HLN's Dr. Drew on Call.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight are making the difficult transition from a life controlled in every way by Ariel Castro, to one of freedom. Ed Smart is one of the few people who have any idea what this process is like. Anderson spoke with Smart about his daughter’s recovery after spending nine months in captivity. They were joined by family psychologist Rebecca Bailey, who has counseled kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard.
To help educate and empower kids, Ed Smart recommends checking out http://www.radkids.org.
Michelle Knight showed unimaginable bravery, not just speaking in court today, but sitting through Ariel Castro's entire tirade. Tonight, Ed Smart told Anderson about the moment his daughter faced her accuser in court.
Ariel Castro is being sent away to prison for life, but the community he left behind is grappling with the pain he caused. The house where Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were imprisoned is now an unwanted symbol of Castro's atrocities. 360's Randi Kaye takes a look at how this neighborhood plans to move forward.
The man who held three young women hostage for a decade in his Cleveland home is set to speak. Ariel Castro is expected to address the court at his sentencing tomorrow. He pleaded guilty to more than 900 counts. A plea deal took the death penalty off the table, but he will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. CNN's Pam Brown takes a closer look at what to expect from tomorrow's hearing, including potentially dramatic testimony from one of the freed captives.
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