"I was eating my McDonald's. I come outside and see this girl going nuts trying to get out of the house. I go on the porch and she says, 'Help me.'" ~ So begins the interview with neighborhood hero Charles Ramsey, as he tells the rescue story of Amanda Berry's escape from Hell in Cleveland, Ohio.
The suspected abductor Ariel Castro, 52, was arrested at a nearby McDonald's. Perhaps it was this McDonald's at 10710 Lorain Avenue, Westown Square Shopping Center, Cleveland, Ohio? Or apparently, more likely, at 3211 Clark Avenue, Cleveland?
On April 2, 2004, 14-year-old Georgina "Gina" DeJesus went missing while walking home from Wilbur Wright Middle School. She was last seen around West 105 Street and Lorain Avenue.
Michelle Knight, 20, was last seen leaving her cousin’s house near West 106th Street and Lorain Avenue (shown), on August 23, 2002.
The name "Lorain" originates from "Lothar = famous army." The Lorraine region is in eastern France, from Medieval Latin Lotharingia, literally "Lothar's Realm," name later given to the northern portion of the lands assigned by the Treaty of Verdun (843 C.E.) to Lothair I in the first division of the Carolingian empire. His empire stretched from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. Before his death (855 C.E.), Lothair subdivided his lands among his three sons. His son, Lothair (for whom the region is named), was given Lotharingia as his kingdom.
For more on the name "Charles Ramsey," see here.
May 8th Update: Ariel is being charged with the kidnapping of four and the rape of three. His two brothers, below, are not being charged with any involvement with his crimes, based on the testimony of Knight, Berry, and DeJesus - and Ariel.
"The fields of Islington and Marybone.To Primrose Hill and Saint John's Wood.Were builded over with pillars of gold.And there Jerusalem's pillars stood."
~ William Blake, Chapter II, Jerusalem in 1804-1818.