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UPDATE: Ariel Castro's House is Demolished
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland house where three women were held captive and raped over a decade has been demolished.
The house was torn down as part of a plea deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence. He was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years.
One of the women imprisoned there, Michelle Knight, showed up early Wednesday before the demolition began. She made a brief statement and released balloons into the air.
Spectators cheered and clapped as the demolition began. It took about an hour and 20 minutes to tear down the house.
Prosecutors say Castro cried when he signed over the deed and mentioned his "many happy memories" there with the women. The women escaped May 6 when one of them broke part of a door and yelled for help.
Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty told the spectators: "This was one evil guy."
UPDATE: Demolition Begins on Ariel Castro's House
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Demolition has begun on the Cleveland house where three women were held captive and raped over a decade.
The house is being torn down as part of a deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence. He was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years.
One of the women imprisoned there, Michelle Knight, showed up early Wednesday before the demolition began. She made a brief statement and released some balloons.
A crowd of onlookers clapped as the demolition began.
Prosecutors say Ariel Castro cried when he signed over the house deed and mentioned his "many happy memories" there with the women. The women escaped May 6 when one of them broke part of a door and yelled for help.
Google Earth has already blurred out a satellite image of the house, before the demolition even began.
Ariel Castro's House to be Demolished Wednesday
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The nonprofit responsible for demolishing the Cleveland house where three women were imprisoned and raped for a decade is taking additional precautions to ensure that rubble does not end up for sale online.
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that the Cuyahoga Land Bank plans to complete the demolition of Ariel Castro's house in one day and shred all the building materials. A contractor is tearing down the home at no cost Wednesday.
The land bank's president Gus Frangos says the county is trying to keep away "scavengers" who later may try to sell the rubble as what is known as "murderabilia." The 53-year-old Castro was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to hundreds of kidnapping and rape charges.
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