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."

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.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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