(NEW YORK CITY) – Three women once gone, suddenly brought back to life. The miraculous discovery of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, and Gina DeJesus in Cleveland on Monday night was as if it was peeled right off the silver screen.
Ron Shindel, a former NYPD Deputy Inspector said the discovery was, “astounding.”
During the course of his career Shindel conducted hundreds of investigations including kidnapping, missing children and unlawful imprisonment. What is remarkable to Shindel in the Cleveland case is that no one saw the signs, “Garbage men didn’t see anything. Mailmen didn’t see anything. Regular delivery people didn’t see anything. There was report that the house was boarded up, nobody thought that was strange.”
According to reports, in 2004 Cleveland Police visited the home in response to a child left alone on a school bus. They left when no one answered the door.
Also in 2004 Anthony Castro, the student journalist and the son of alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro, writes an article about the disappearance of Dejesus and Berry. He interviews the mother of Dejesus for the piece.
Meanwhile in a 2006 a lead in the case emerged, which resulted in a garage being turned upside down. In the end, nothing was discovered.
In 2011, cops were called to the home after reports of poundings. They left after a few minutes.
Another neighbor says cops didn’t take her call of naked woman crawling in the backyard seriously.
Finally, in 2012 another new lead. A new excavation produced nothing.
Yet throughout all this no reports of neighbors or others seeing the obvious signs of empty diaper boxes or large amounts of garbage that would reflect several people inside of the home, “They should have seen the rubbish coming out, that would have indicated four people coming in there,” said Shindel.
All of this makes one wonder whether Castro was good just lucky?
Shindel’s take? “I can’t say if he was good, but he was certainly lucky.”