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Duration: 57 minutes

Two teenage girls and a 20-year-old woman are kidnapped on the same stretch of road in Cleveland, Ohio. For 10 years they are missing presumed dead, but in May 2013, miraculously, they are discovered alive, one of them with a six-year old daughter. Their captor, Ariel Castro, is now charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. He may even face the death penalty if prosecutors successfully argue that he forcibly caused his captors to miscarry their unborn babies.

Rick Edwards investigates how the victims could disappear from the same area and be held prisoners in the basement of a nearby house with no-one knowing anything about it for a decade. He goes to the address in Seymour Avenue to speak to neighbours and relatives of the accused, interviews people who responded to a woman's cry for help and hears how they made the amazing discovery.

Featuring 3-D graphics of the house, showing where the women were kept and how they were moved around to avoid being discovered by visitors, this documentary attempts to provide the most complete picture yet of a case that has shocked the world.

Last on

Thu 6 Jun 2013 03:00 BBC Three

  • Kidnap suspect Ariel Castro's daughter 'devastated'

    Arlene Castro
    The daughter of the man accused of imprisoning three women for about a decade in the US city of Cleveland has broken down in tears during a morning TV interview.

    Watch the interview
  • 'I saw this girl going nuts, trying to get out'

    Charles Ramsey
    A man who helped one of three women who disappeared over a decade ago escape from a house in Cleveland has been speaking to reporters.

    Watch his interview


Executive Producer
Steve Anderson
Dylan Howitt
Rick Edwards


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