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The home where three Cleveland women were held captive for a decade by Ariel Castro was demolished Wednesday. Michelle Knight, who is becoming the public face of the victims, was there.
The three women held captive by Ariel Castro will have a lead role, along with members of the Cleveland community, in determining what will replace the Castro house, says the president of the bank that now owns the property. Demolition begins Wednesday.
Facing 997 counts, including rape and aggravated murder, Ariel Castro opts for a plea deal for life plus 1,000 years in prison without parole, sparing himself the death penalty and the women he kidnapped from testifying.