“Little Treasures like This Mean a Great Deal to Some of Us that have been Involved with These Young Women”


 Source of Screenshot: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/31/michelle-knight-thank-you-note_n_3685354.html

For more than 10 years, Michelle Knight was held captive and raped by Ariel Castro in Cleveland, Ohio. He also kidnapped and held captive and raped Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus for years. Ms. Knight sent the Cleveland police a thank-you note: “Dear [Second District] Commander [Keith] Selzer, officers and staff, you don’t know how much I appreciate all your time and work collecting cards and gifts from people for me and the other girls. I am overwhelmed by the amount of thoughts, love and prayers expressed by complete strangers. It is comforting. Life is tough, I’m tougher. Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly. Thanks. God bless you.”

The three women released a video in July 2013 to thank people for supporting them. In the video, Ms. Knight said this, in part:

“I don’t want to be consumed by hatred. With that being said, we need to take a leap of faith and know that God is in control. We have been hurt by people, but we need to rely on God as being the judge. God has a plan for all of us. The plan that he gave me was to help others who have been in the same situations I have been in. To know that there is someone out there to lean on, and to talk to.

“I am in control of my own destiny, with the guidance of God. I have no problem expressing how I feel inside. Be positive. Learn that it’s important to give than to receive. Thank you for all your prayers. I’m looking forward to my brand-new life.”

The Cleveland Police in the Second District published Ms. Knight’s thank-you note on Facebook along with this comment: “Little treasures like this mean a great deal to some of us that have been involved with these young women.”

For Further Information: Melissa Jeltsen, “Michelle Knight Pens Handwritten Note To Cleveland Police.” Huffington Post. 31 July 2013


For Further Information: “Kidnapping victim Michelle Knight sends thank-you letter to Cleveland police.” Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio).  1 August 2013


For Further Information: “Thank You from Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus & Michelle Knight.” youTube. Posted 8 July 2013


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