Michelle Knight is the first to come forward and the only victim to speak out about what went on inside Ariel Castro's house on Seymour Avenue.
Michelle Knight is the first to come forward and the only victim to speak out about what went on inside Ariel Castro's house on Seymour Avenue, a house where she was kept captive for 11 years. Dr. Phil describes her as "…very small in stature and very big in spirit..."
Dr. Phil asked her about the day she first entered Castro's house. "On the day that you were taken by Ariel Castro, you were walking to an appointment, "he said. She had gone inside the Family Dollar store on Clark Avenue to ask for directions.
Castro was in the store at the same time and, when he overheard her asking directions to another place, he said he knew where that was and would drive her there. Knight accepted a ride from Castro outside the Family Dollar Store, right down the block from where she lived
Knight said she knew Castro as the father of a friend, Emily Castro. She said she got in his car and they started driving. He told her he had to make a stop first at his house to check on the puppies there. She told him she would sit in the car and wait for him because she didn't want to go in the house.
He pulled into his driveway, locked the gate behind him, and went in the house. He came back out and asked Knight again to come inside, that the puppies were upstairs and that she could take one home for her son. Knight said she'd come in and Castro took her in the back door.
"So no one ever saw you go through the front door?" Dr. Phil stated.
While going upstairs, Knight saw a picture of Emily and asked Castro if she was there, to which he replied,"Yes, she's downstairs."
"Could you have ever dreamed or imagined, as you stepped through that door, that you would not breathe that air again for 11 years?" Dr. Phil asked.
Michelle Knight responds with "Nope."
She goes on to relate how she tried to escape once, at the beginning of her captivity. She tried to pick the lock on the chains that were around her neck.
"One time he decided to take me downstairs and I found a needle and I picked the lock and then he leaves and I didn't know he was in the back yard and I tried to escape...and then he comes running up the stairs and I am panicking. I am halfway out the window. I run back to the bed, chained myself up the best way I could, and I just pretended….but he noticed."
She was Castro's only victim for almost a year.
"He said, 'When I get two other girls in the house, I'll let you go,'" she told Dr. Phil.
Castro then imprisoned Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, and the three women were sexually, physically and emotionally abused for 10 more years until Berry pushed out the front door and yelled for help on May 6. Castro pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years. He hanged himself in his cell on Sept. 6.
In their interview, Dr. Phil said Knight told him she had "one beacon" of hope — her 2½-year-old son, who is now 13.
"She said, 'I have to live for him. And I'm fighting to stay alive for him.'"