Ohio Kidnapping Victim Michelle Knight Pens Emotional Memoir, ‘Finding Me’

December 31, 2013  |  

The first of the Ohio kidnapping victims to be abducted by Ariel Castro, Michelle Knight, is shedding light on over a decade of abuse in her chilling new memoir, “Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings.”

According to Amazon, the memoir was co-written by Michelle Burford, co-author of “Grace, Gold & Glory: The Gabrielle Douglas Story.” In the book, which is slated for a May 6, 2014 release—the date marking the one-year anniversary of her rescue—Michelle shares the chilling tale of being abducted by Castro, who worked as a local school bus driver.

“In ‘Finding Me,’ Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living,” the memoir’s description reads. “By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.”

It has also been revealed that Michelle had just become a first-time single mother prior to her abduction.

“Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004,” another excerpt from the book’s description reads.

“Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken.”

According to RadarOnline, Knight’s co-captors Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus are also working on their own memoirs about the traumatic experience. It’s great to see these young ladies finding their voices after enduring such a horrifying tragedy.

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