Michelle Knight says she now forgives kidnapper

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) – One of the three women held captive in a Cleveland home for about a decade says she has been able to forgive her kidnapper and find peace in her life.

Michelle Knight made the comments during an interview conducted by a radio host on Sunday at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School in Chardon, Ohio.

Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus broke out of the house in May 2013 after suffering years of torture.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the 33-year-old Knight, who was kidnapped in August 2002 when she was 21, says she realizes now that Ariel Castro had a disease, and therapy has taught her that what he did hadn’t been his fault.

Castro pleaded guilty to a long list of charges and committed suicide in prison in September 2013.

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