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Kidnapping victim Michelle Knight speaks out on Dr. Phil
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Kidnapping victim Michelle Knight speaks out on Dr. Phil

Kidnapping victim Michelle Knight speaks out on Dr. Phil
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Michelle Knight, the first of Ariel Castro's Cleveland kidnapping victims, is interviewed by Dr. Phil McGraw during the taping of the Dr. Phil Show in Cleveland, Ohio in this handout provided by CBS Television November 4, 2013. The two-part interview will be released beginning November 5, 2013. REUTERS/CBS Television Distribution/Peteski Productions/Handout via Reuters

Kidnapping victim Michelle Knight speaks out on Dr. Phil

Michelle Knight, one of three women imprisoned by Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, is revealing new details of the abuse she suffered during her 11 years in captivity.

“I was tied up like a fish. An ornament on the wall. That’s the only way I can describe it. I was hanging like this, my feet, and I was tied by my neck and my arms.” (Via CBS)

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Castro kidnapped Knight in 2002, one year before he abducted his other two victims, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. They escaped in May 2013 after Berry broke free and called for help. (Via CNN)

Knight described her ordeal in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil to be aired Tuesday. Dr. Phil told the Today show the gruesome details of Knight’s captivity left him shaken.

“She’d been hanging for days, no circulation. She still has nerve damage in her hands and feet.” (Via NBC)

Knight has been one of the most outspoken of Castro’s victims, delivering a powerful condemnation at Castro’s trial.

“I spent eleven years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning.” (Via BBC)

And attending the demolition of Castro’s “house of horrors”, which was torn down by the city of Cleveland in August as part of Castro’s plea deal. (Via ABC)

Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years. He committed suicide in his prison cell in September.

>>  See more at: Newsy.com

AP Coverage of Dr. Phil's interview with Michelle Knight:

The first of three women kidnapped and held for a decade in Ariel Castro's Cleveland home was chained and raped by her captor, who struck her with a barbell to force a miscarriage when she became pregnant and snapped her dog's neck after it tried to protect her and bit Castro, the woman said in a taped interview Tuesday on the "Dr. Phil" show.

Michelle Knight recounted graphic allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and said Castro kept her in filthy conditions, sometimes naked and freezing, after she was kidnapped in 2002, when she was about 20.

Knight said Castro lured her inside with the promise of a puppy for her young son. She said she was kept in a basement and a boarded-up bedroom and once tried to escape, using a needle to pick a lock on chains that bound her. She said she made it to a window before Castro returned and punished her.

Knight said she sometimes fell asleep praying that her lock would open, and she feels she survived because of her son, now a teenager.

"I want my son to know me as a victor, not a victim," Knight told the TV host. "And I wanted him to know that I survived, loving him. His love got me through."

Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escaped from Castro's house May 6 when Berry pushed out a door and called for help. Knight has been the most public since, including a visit to Castro's neighborhood before his house was demolished.

Castro, 53, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. A month into his sentence, he was found dead in his cell. His hanging death was ruled a suicide, but a prison report indicated he may have died accidentally while choking himself for a sexual thrill.

In the "Dr. Phil" interview, Knight said Castro had a sexual fetish about choking her but never himself.

Knight also raised previously reported allegations that Castro had held someone else and said he'd told her that there was another girl before her. Authorities have said no remains were found at the home.

The second part of Knight's interview airs Wednesday.

Berry and DeJesus plan to share their stories in a book about their ordeal.

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