Amazing: 3 missing Ohio women escape kidnappers after nearly a decade

After nearly 10 years after their disappearance, three Ohio women were miraculously found alive Monday just south of downtown Cleveland.

TheBlaze.com reports that one of the women told a 911 dispatcher the person who had taken her was gone, and she pleaded for police officers to come and get her, saying, "I'm free now."

On a recorded 911 call Monday, Berry declared, “I’m Amanda Berry. I’ve been on the news for the last 10 years.”

She said she had been taken by someone and begged for police officers to arrive at the home on Cleveland’s west side before he returned.

“I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for 10 years,” she told the dispatcher. “And I’m here. I’m free now.”

Below is the 911 call of Amanda Berry following her rescue:

Police said a 52-year-old man was among those arrested. They released no names and gave no details about the others arrested or what charges they might face. However, Cleveland.com reports that police arrested the owner of the house, Ariel Castro, who has lived in the house since 1992. “Records show he was arrested for domestic  violence in 1993, but a grand jury declined to indict him,” the report adds.

"An amazing development," Glenn said upon reading the news report. "First of all, it's incredible that the women survived. It's really amazing the defense mechanisms we have. It's truly amazing on what we can endure and what we will endure for ten years."

The remarkable story reminded Glenn of a gift he received after the Restoring Love event in Washington D.C. from the family of Hugh Stafford, a veteran who had been held in a Vietnamese prison camp.

"I want to show it to you on television tonight," Glenn told his radio audience. "Here's a guy who was in prison for about ten years in Vietnam, and one of the things that he wrote was, am I going to be mad at my loved ones, because they went on with their life, and they had to, because they thought I was dead, but will I be mad?"

Transitioning back to the newly freed women, Glenn noted that there must be so much going through their minds. At least one of the families knew the man who took the girls. They grew up in the same neighborhood and he was a bus driver up until last fall for the local school.

"It is amazing to me the evil that exists and the evil that is in our own communities," Glenn said.

It's incredible to think that these women were hidden just a few miles away from their homes for ten years without being discovered.

"How do you hide this for ten years?" Pat asked.

A local reporter interviewed the neighbor who helped the girl after he heard her screaming. He was beside himself at the possibility of the three women being trapped there for ten years without knowing. Even though he didn't know what was happening inside his neighbors home, he did have a gut feeling something was wrong there.

"That's what's so amazing," Glenn said.

The neighbor knew that something was wrong in that house.

"That is the gift of fear," he added. "It is the gift of fear.  It is a gift given the each of us. Remember when I have said in the past, there's going to come a time when you are going to hear stop, turn around, go the other way.  Do it."

"It's not just stop, town around, go the other way.  If you feel there's something wrong, you should follow up on that.  You should follow.  There's something wrong here. I'm telling you, as the darkness grows darker, the light will grow lighter. Darkness is merely a shadow — one can't grow without the other.  And so the light will become lighter. Your senses — if you work on it — your senses will become stronger," Glenn said.

Glenn shared that he gets these feelings a lot at book signings. He meets so many people that it's hard to connect with all of them, but from time to time, someone will approach him and he'll get a gut feeling or a prompting to say something.

"I can usually sense in people things," Glenn said, "and Saturday [at a book signing], this guy comes in line, and he looks fine and I have no idea what's going on in his life, but he looks fine, he smiles at me and says, 'Hi, Mr. Beck, how are you?'  I said 'good', signed his book, and I immediately hear, 'tell him everything is going to be okay'."

But the man had already walked away and the line kept moving. Still holding on to that sense that he needed to talk to the man, Glenn eventually excused himself and was able to find and approach him.

"By the time I did that, he was out of the line and almost all the way over to the escalators, it's 50 feet from here.  And so I had to go around the line, around the curtains and go out to where he was. And now I feel really stupid, because as I'm approaching him, he's with two friends and they are laughing.  I'm like he seems fine.  He's fine.  I tap him on the shoulder and I said 'excuse me'.  He said, 'Hey…Oh hey'.  I said, 'I don't know what this means, but I just want you to know everything is going to be fine'," Glenn told listeners.

The man then broke down into tears.

"The reason I tell you this story is because this guy said similar things. He says 'I knew it, I just knew it. I would have pulled this heroic stuff last year.' What was it last year?" Glenn asked. 

"Listen. Listen to the spirit. Listen to that inner voice," Glenn continued. "There's something to it. Now, if that inner voice is saying go kill some people and go get me a ham sandwich, that's probably — that's something else. Something you probably want to not pay attention to that one, but listen to it, because we're all going to need it. And it really truly is a muscle. The more you exercise that muscle, the better it is."

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.