Two neighbors freed her by kicking in the door. Berry then called 911 which led to the freeing of Gina DeJesus who disappeared in 2004 at the age of 14, and Michelle Knight who vanished at the age of 20 in 2002.
Three brothers were arrested in the kidnapping, Ariel, Pedro, and Onil Castro.
According to the FBI these men used a perverse system of rewards and punishments to create fear, submission, and loyalty. They achieved almost total control over the women who needed them in order to survive.
Some neighbors seemed surprised, while other claimed that they always thought something was odd about the brothers.
Police and FBI officials are thrilled the three women, now in their 20’s and 30’s, survived for such a long period of time as often such cases end tragically.
Other similar cases recently in the news include Jaycee Dugard who was help prisoner in California for 18 years; Elizabeth Smart who was tormented for 9 months, and six women who were held and tortured in Belgium in the mid 1990’s.