Ohio kidnap survivor recounts abuse, dog’s killing

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Michelle Knight, a victim, speaks during the sentencing phase for Ariel Castro, right,  Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Michelle Knight, a victim, speaks during the sentencing phase for Ariel Castro, right, Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — One of three women held for a decade in a Cleveland home says kidnapper Ariel Castro chained and raped her, struck her with a barbell to force a miscarriage when she became pregnant, and killed her dog by snapping its neck.

Michelle Knight recounted graphic allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse by Castro in a taped interview Tuesday on the “Dr. Phil” show. The second part of the interview airs Wednesday.

Knight was kidnapped in 2002, when she was 20. Knight says she once tried to escape, using a needle to pick a lock, and made it to a window before Castro returned and punished her.

Knight and two other women escaped May 6.

Castro was convicted and later died in prison. His hanging death was ruled a suicide.

 

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