CLEVELAND (WKOW) -- The so-called "House of Horrors" in Cleveland, Ohio is now down to rubble.
Crews tore down the house owned by Ariel Castro, the man convicted of holding three women captive there for a decade.
The demolition was part of a plea deal that spared Castro a possible death sentence. Instead he received a life sentence, plus 1,000 years.
Today, one of the victims, Michelle Knight, showed up and released some balloons as a sign of hope and freedom.
"I go from here as being a motivational speaker and let everybody know ... that they're heard. That they are loved. And there is hope for everyone," Knight said.
CLEVELAND (WKOW) -- The house where three women were held captive and raped over a decade faces demolition Wednesday morning in Cleveland.
The house will be demolished as part of a deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence. He was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years.
Family members including son Anthony Castro went to the house Monday and picked up personal items including old photographs and guitars.
Prosecutors say Castro cried when he signed over the house deed and mentioned his "many happy memories" there with the women. The women escaped May 6 when one of them broke part of a door and yelled for help.
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