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August 13th, 2013
08:33 AM ET

Hannah Anderson Returns to Heal in California

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Anderson is home safe and sound this morning, more than one week after being abducted by a close family friend, but her horrible ordeal is far from over.

“Hannah is just learning that her mother and 8-year-old brother were murdered—their bodies found in the burning home of abductor James Lee DiMaggio in East of San Diego on august 4th,” reports CNN’s Miguel Marquez.

“She was found 1,000 miles from DiMaggios home.”

According to authorities, DiMaggio had a rifle when FBI reached a remote location in Idaho where he held Hannah “under durress”, and was gunned down by the FBI.

The tip to the location came from a group of horseback riders who encountered the pair in the backcountry and later recognized the teen from an Amber Alert.

Marquez reports, “Now that Hannah is back, her father says, the family needs to heal and grieve.”

CNN EXTRA: Watch the "New Day" interview with the horseback riders who provided authorities with the critical tip leading to Hannah's rescue.

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August 2nd, 2013
11:17 AM ET

Michelle Knight: "Your Hell is Just Beginning"

Ariel Castro's sentence will last a lot longer than he will.

The Cleveland man who held three women captive in his home for a decade is getting life in prison without parole, plus 1,000 years.

Castro spoke at his sentencing hearing Thursday, blaming everyone, it seemed, but himself.

“These people are trying to paint me as a monster, and I am not a monster,” Castro told the court.

“I am sick. My sexual problems were so bad in my mind that I am impulsive.”

However, “It was the words of one of victims, and those who spoke for the others, that will be remembered,” reports CNN's Martin Savidge.

 “Michelle Knight was the only victim to appear in person, bringing the proceedings to an emotional halt. She had suffered the most and the longest in captivity from Castro, which is why her words meant so much.”

Knight said, “You took 11 years of my life away and I've got it back. I spent 11 years in hell now your hell is just beginning..."

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May 10th, 2013
08:12 AM ET

CNN’s Laurie Segall sits down with the daughter closest to kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro in a CNN exclusive

The daughter closest to kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro is speaking exclusively to CNN. Angie Gregg is angry and heart-broken. She says she never saw signs of the horror that was allegedly unfolding inside her father's house and she wants the world to know her family doesn't have "monster" in their blood.

CNN’s Laurie Segall sits down with Gregg in an interview you'll see only on CNN.

READ MORE: 'He is dead to me,' daughter of Ohio suspect says in CNN exclusive


Filed under: Crime • Kidnapping
May 9th, 2013
08:18 AM ET

Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone on working with the Ohio kidnapped women's families

Two of the women found in Ariel Castro’s home, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus are back with their families. The third victim, Michelle Knight remains in the hospital – however doctors say she is in good condition.

One man who played a big role in bringing them home after their escape on Monday is Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone. This morning he joins “Early Start” to discuss working very closely with the DeJesus and Knight families throughout their ordeal.


Filed under: Abduction • Crime • Kidnapping • Ohio
May 9th, 2013
08:03 AM ET

Police incident report details horrifying abuse three women faced in a Cleveland home – CNN’s Pamela Brown reports

Thursday morning, new details continue to emerge regarding what went on inside the Seymour Avenue house where Amanda Berry and two others were held captive. The accused captor, Ariel Castro is now facing three counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping.

READ MORE: Ohio captive to police: Suspect punched me in the stomach until I miscarried

-CNN’s Pamela Brown reports


Filed under: Abduction • Abuse allegations • Crime • Kidnapping • Ohio
May 7th, 2013
08:14 AM ET

Three missing women who disappeared in separate incidents between 2002-2004 found alive – CNN’s Martin Savidge reports

Three women who vanished without a trace a decade ago were found alive Monday night in a Cleveland neighborhood not far from where they were abducted. Three suspects, all brothers, are arrested and awaiting charges, police say. Amanda Berry is one of the victims who disappeared in three separate incidents between 2002 and 2004. It was her frantic, breathless 911 call that brought the ordeal to an end. This morning CNN’s Martin Savidge has the latest on the escape and the three women’s conditions.

READ MORE: http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/07/us/ohio-missing-women-found/index.html?hpt=us_c2


Filed under: Amanda Berry • Kidnapping • Ohio
February 4th, 2013
07:36 AM ET

Bus driver killed in Alabama standoff remembered as a hero as standoff continues – Victor Blackwell reports

The stand-off between police in Alabama and a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in a bunker has been going on close to a week now. The suspect is 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, described as a survivalist with "anti-government" views.

Dykes had forced his way onto a school bus and demanded to take two of the 22 children on board. The bus driver, Charles Albert Poland Jr., refused and shielded the children. Dykes killed him and kidnapped the 5-year-old. Poland is now being remembered as a hero. He was honored at a memorial service yesterday.

Victor Blackwell is following developments from Midland City, Alabama and reports on the latest in "Early Start."

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