A backhoe demolishes the home of Ariel Castro on Aug. 7 in Cleveland. Neighbors cheered and clapped as a backhoe began ripping into the roof of the house just before 7:30 a.m. Castro, 53, abducted Michelle Knight, DeJesus and Amanda Berry and kept them against their will at the white-washed home at 2207 Seymour Ave. until Berry kicked her way through the front door in May and escaped with the young girl she bore in captivity.
Michelle Knight speaks during the sentencing phase for Ariel Castro on Thursday, Aug. 1, in Cleveland. Three months after an Ohio woman kicked out part of a door to end nearly a decade of captivity, Castro, a onetime school bus driver faces sentencing for kidnapping three women and subjecting them to years of sexual and physical abuse.
Michelle Knight hugs supporters before she addressed the court.
An image displayed during court proceedings shows chains found inside Ariel Castro's home.
An image displayed during court proceedings shows a bedroom inside of Ariel Castro's house.
Sheriff's deputies set in place a model of the house where Ariel Castro held three women during his sentencing hearing on Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland. Three months after an Ohio woman kicked out part of a door to end nearly a decade of captivity, Castro, a onetime school bus driver faces sentencing for kidnapping three women and subjecting them to years of sexual and physical abuse.
Ariel Castro enters the courtroom on July 26. Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts in a deal to avoid the death penalty. In exchange, prosecutors recommended Castro be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.
Jessica Rodriguez and Caitlin Coyne walk past the house where Ariel Castro kept three women captive on July 26 in Cleveland. Coyne and Rodriguez welcomed the news that Castro was convicted as part of a plea deal sending him to prison for life.
From left, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, the three Cleveland women who escaped in May after about a decade of captivity, speak in a July 2 thank-you video to show their appreciation to all the people who have offered their support.
Ariel Castro is arraigned at Cleveland Municipal Court for the kidnapping of three women May 9, in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro appeared in court to faces charges that he kidnapped and raped three young women and held them in his home for a decade. The 52-year-old did not enter a plea and stood with his head bowed while the court set a large bond of two million dollars per case, effectively ensuring that he will remain in detention.
Leonard Allmon hugs his daughter Kayla Rogers after looking at photos on May 8 of her best friends Arlene Castro and Gina DeJesus in her 2004 Wilbur Wright Middle School yearbook.
FBI agents search a home in Cleveland, Ohio, May 8, on the same street as a home where three women were found alive after vanishing a decade ago.
Nancy Ruiz, facing camera, mother of kidnapping victim Gina DeJesus, celebrates with friends and family at the DeJesus' home in Cleveland, May 8.
Gina DeJesus's parents Nancy and Felix rejoice with other family members and friends after their daughter arrived at her family home on May 8 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Beth Berry Serrano, the sister of Amanda Berry, speaks to the press after Amanda Berry arrived at her sister's home on May 8, in Cleveland, Ohio. Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women, including Amanda Berry. They were found safe in a home after being missing for a decade, authorities said. Serrano made a brief statement to the press asking for privacy and said, "We appreciate all you have done for us.”
A sign hangs on a street pole near the Burger King restaurant where Amanda Berry was working and last seen a decade ago, on May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Maria Castro Montes talks with members of the press about her cousins who were arrested in connection with the three women, including Gina DeJesus, who were freed from the home on Seymour Ave., in Cleveland after years of confinement. "The history between these families (Castro and DeJesus) goes back many years. We're as stunned by this as the rest of the nation. These three men do not define our family," she said. The house where the women were kept captive is the third one from the left with the red roof.
Amanda Marie Berry, left, Georgina Lynn DeJesus and Michelle Knight are seen in these newly released photos. Berry, DeJesus and Knight were rescued May 6, 2013, from a house in Cleveland, Ohio, where they had spent years in captivity. The three vanished between August 2002 and April 2004 in separate incidents; they were between 14 and 20 years old.
A deputy sheriff stands outside the house in Cleveland on May 7, where the day before three missing women were found alive.
Friends and relatives stand in front of the family home of Gina DeJesus on May 7.
Members of the FBI evidence response team carry out the front screen door from a house on, May 7, where three women were held, in Cleveland.
A missing person sign with portraits of Amanda Berry hangs in front of her sister's house on May 7 in Cleveland.
Noel Ruiz Sr., the great uncle of Gina DeJesus, sips a Corona just down the block from the home where she had been held captive until yesterday. The corner store he sits in is owned by Julio Castro (not pictured) who is the uncle of the suspects on Seymour Street. The families have known each other for decades. "We used to throw parties here", Ruiz said, adding that he's been coming to the store for decades. Ruiz is still adjusting to the news that Gina is alive. "Our family took a big hit when it happened, but you know everyone in my family believes in God and our prayers were answered. Thank God Gina's alive." He added: "It seems like we can breathe a little better - today is like a holiday for us."
Balloons and a photo of Amanda Berry are seen at the home of Beth Berry in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 7, the sister of Amanda Berry. Amanda Berry is one of three Cleveland women found alive after vanishing about a decade ago.
Amanda Berry, right, reunited with her sister on May 6, 2013, in Cleveland after Berry and two other women who had been missing were found in a house not far from where they were last seen.
The broken front door of a house on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 7, 2013, where Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found alive after having been held hostage for years. A neighbor helped Berry kick open the door the night before so she could climb out with her child.
Charles Ramsey talks to media as people congratulate him on May 6, 2013, in Cleveland. The dishwasher kicked in a door to rescue a woman held captive for a decade — and then charmed his way into America's heart with his colorful candor.
Members of the FBI evidence team remove items from the house in Cleveland on May 6, 2013.