Michelle Knight who was one of the three women rescued from the Cleveland sex slave prison of ARIEL CASTRO says she forgives him despite his repeated rapes and beatings.
Knight told Today show anchor Savannah about her forgiveness for the man many described as a monster, who also kidnapped and held Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry
Castro, 53, hanged himself in his prison cell after he was sentenced to life imprisonment without the chance of parole plus 1,000 years — and Knight said she “felt sad” when she heard of his suicide. As the one-year anniversary of her escape approaches, Knight said, “It’s just a day that I wish would go past, and I could live my life. Every day I feel so much more free. I’m able to do anything and everything I always wanted to do.”
Knight was 21-years-old when she was captured in 2002 and since her May 6, 2013, rescue she doesn’t appear to stay in close touch with the two other women, Berry and DeJesus.
“Right now we’re all healing in our own way. Sometimes relationships, including friendships, don’t last that long,” she said. “We were just in each other’s lives for a short time and maybe, just maybe one day, we’ll get back together.”
And despite the torture the three women endured, Knight said she forgave Castro.
“If I did something wrong, even if it was a small thing, I’d want someone to forgive me. So I can forgive him for what he done wrong, because that’s the way of life,” she said. In fact, she even said she was sad to hear of his death just one month into serving his prison sentence.
“I was saddened about it, but also confused at the same time. Like why would he hurt his children like that? Why would he leave them?” she said. “I felt sad. He didn’t have to do that to himself, he didn’t have to hurt himself. But then I come to the realization he did it because he couldn’t face what he did… You don’t have to fill your heart with hate.”