Michelle Knight Book Deal: Castro Kidnap Victim to Write Memoir

Monday, 25 Nov 2013 03:56 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Michelle Knight has landed a book deal writing a memoir about being kidnapped and held captive by Ariel Castro with two other women in Cleveland, Ohio, for 11 years.

Knight, who escaped from Castro in May, will write a book with author Michelle Burford for Weinstein Books. Along with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, Knight was victimized by Castro, who killed himself in jail after being sentenced to life plus 1,000 years.

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Knight told The Associated Press in a news release that she hopes her book, due out in the spring, will help other victims. “Victims need to know that no matter how hard it rains in the darkness, they will have the strength and courage that God gave them when they were born to rise above and overcome any obstacle that stands in their way,” she said.

The other two kidnapping victims are working together on a book, teaming up with Washington post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, the AP said.

Knight was 21 years old when she was kidnapped by Castro. All three of the kidnap victims appeared to have kept diaries of their torture. Reported details, including the fact that Castro got Knight pregnant and then kicked her viciously causing her to lose the baby, show Knight’s strong spirit.

Knight wrote on the Celveland Police Department’s Facebook page, “Life is tough, but I’m tougher! Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.”

Knight’s co-author Burford is a freelance writer who has written for numerous magazines and wrote “Grace, Gold & Glory: The Gabrielle Douglas Story.”

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