For 11 years, Michelle Knight was held captive by a man who kidnapped her and two other women in Cleveland.
A year after her headline-making rescue, Knight has written a memoir, Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed. Written with Michelle Burford, the book describes the torture Knight endured at the hands of her captor and goes into detail about the shocking life she lived before he kidnapped her. Knight’s terrible childhood began early with getting molested beginning at age five, never having enough food, and finally ending up on the streets as a young teenager. She moved in with a drug dealer after a time on the streets and after his arrest, she again became homeless. Michelle later gave birth to a son Joey, who was the center of her world, but was placed in foster care after her mother’s boyfriend got drunk and broke the boy’s leg.
Michelle was on her way to a hearing to regain custody of her son when she was kidnapped by Ariel Castro. Castro was the father of one of her friends and she was glad to get a ride from him when the ride she was supposed to get from a family member fell through. That fateful decision to accept Castro’s offer led to a life of horror for many years.
The most shocking aspect of Michelle Knight’s story was the fact that her childhood placed her in the direct path of her kidnapper. She was a victim before her abduction and this victimhood put her in even greater peril. Her life is a testament to survivorship, resilience, and bravery. My greatest hope for her is that at some point she can get to know the son Ariel Castro took from her. He stole much more than most people know and her story is worth reading as warning to us all to be aware that someone may be in peril and we may be the one who can help. Definitely a memoir worth reading and this from a booklover who doesn’t typically favor memoirs. At 280 pages, this is a riveting read.
Book Details: Published by Weinstein Books (May 6, 2014), 280 pages, ISBN: 1602862567.