ESTN Library Spotlight: Finding Me

By: Clarice Grooms, ESTN Librarian

Book: Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed

Author: Michelle Knight

This read is a detailed depiction of three young girls held captive and abused for years. By sharing her story, Michelle Knight becomes the voice for thousands of children and young adults that go missing each year.

Michelle tells her story of being held captive and abused for 4,000 days at the hands of Ariel Castro. Convinced by her friend’s father to accept a ride to an appointment, she found herself locked in an unfamiliar place, where she would be prisoner for the next decade. The second victim of Ariel Castro was a sixteen-year-old, named Amanda Berry; Amanda was walking home from work when offered a ride home.  She was imprisoned for years and had a child by her abuser. Gina DeJesus, age fourteen, was a friend of Ariel Castro’s daughter. At his request for help to find his daughter, Gina got into his automobile and became his third victim.

The horrors of the house on Seymour Avenue lasted from August 21, 2002 through May 6, 2013, upon which the girls were rescued.