Every time I see [a butterfly], it reminds me how precious life can truly be. -Michelle Knight, rescued from Ariel Castro’s home one year ago
Ariel Castro, responsible for the kidnapping, rapes, forced miscarriages, and years of brutality towards three women in the famous “Cleveland kidnapping” case, has been forgiven by one of his former prisoners. Michelle Knight, who received the brunt of Castro’s abuse on innumerable occasions, has heroically forgiven the now-deceased criminal, who hanged himself in prison shortly after his indictment.
Although Knight, abducted at the age of 21 by Castro and separated from her young son, was brutally victimized for eleven years of her life, her belief in the dignity of every human life remained firm through her drawn-out ordeal. An incredible example of the ‘do unto others’ mantra, Michelle told Savannah Guthrie, of NBC’s Today Show, that she forgave Castro for what he did to her because she herself would want forgiveness if she did something wrong in her life:
If I did something wrong, even if it was a small thing, I would want somebody to forgive me, so I can forgive him for what he done wrong because that’s the way of life.