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Cleveland House of Horrors Demolished

"The monument to hell is no more."

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Paula Bolyard

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August 7, 2013 - 4:45 pm

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With a crowd of onlookers and media present as well as kidnapping and torture victim Michelle Knight, Ariel Castro’s home on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland was demolished on Wednesday. Prior to the demolition, the now-infamous home at 2207 Seymour quietly disappeared from Google Maps.

Michelle Knight handed out yellow balloons to onlookers and released a handful of them herself as she briefly spoke to the media in support of other missing children and their parents.

Why it was important for me to be here today is because nobody was there for me when I was missing. And I want the people out there to know, including the mothers, that they can have strength, they can have hope, and their child will come back. They will. Just have the love in God and you’ll see. They will come back.

Knight, Gina DeJesus, and Amanda Berry were held captive, raped, and tortured in the home for over a decade. Castro pled guilty to the crimes and was sentenced last week to life plus 1000 years of incarceration.

As part of the plea deal that spared his life, the property will be turned over to the Cuyahoga County Land Bank. A committee will decide the fate of the property.

Cuyahoga Land Bank President Gus Frangos said two adjacent properties to the west will be torn down in the next 10 days. “The monument to hell is no more,” Frangos said. The home became an attraction after news of the captivity and rescues at the home became public, requiring 24-hour security by the city of Cleveland amid arson threats.

The crowd cheered as Peggy Arida, the aunt of victim Gina DeJesus, climbed into the seat of the giant excavator to take the first few swipes at the house.

In a little over an hour the home was reduced to rubble. Immanuel Lutheran Church sounded its church bells to mark the destruction of the home. The debris will be hauled off and shredded.

“This house represented evil incarnate, which is Ariel Castro,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty. “Now, it is gone.”

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Recently "retired" from homeschooling, Paula is an unapologetic Christian and Constitutional conservative. Though she aligns politically with the Tea Party, she is a member of the Wayne County Republican Executive Committee. She is also a contributor at Ohio Conservative Review. Paula lives in N.E. Ohio with her husband, three dogs, and two parrots.

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It's too bad they tore that house down. It would have made an interesting tourist attraction.
36 weeks ago
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Are you serious?
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
This makes me wonder what happened to Jeffrey Dahmers house? John Wayne Gaceys? Ted Bundys? Son of Sams? Brian David Mitchell/Wanda Ileen Barzees? Phillip Craig Garrido/Nancy Garridos? I am ALL FOR the harshest punishment available for Ariel Castro, but I am unclear how taking it out on his house (an inantimate object), does anything but make a "hole" in the middle of an otherwise residential neighborhood????
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
You forgot B. Hussein Obama in your list.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
It's mostly symbolic, but I'm all in favor of tearing the place down. Let all evidence of his existence be erased. When he dies, let no one shed a tear; in fact let no one even notice. He doesn't deserve the dignity of any remembrance.
36 weeks ago
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I don't know about any of the others, you named, but the house Jeffrey Dahmer grew up in is in a suburb just south of Cleveland in the pricey (by Cleveland standards) town of Bath (where LeBron James has a home). The house was for sale a few years ago (see pics here http://fairlawn-bath.patch.com/groups/editors-picks/p/look-inside-jeffrey-dahmer-s-bath-township-home-for-sale-poll ).

Dahmer confessed to killing his first victim there and scattering the remains in the woods around the property.

The home of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland serial killer who stashed the decomposing remains of 11 women he murdered in his home was a few blocks from Ariel Castro's house. That house was condemned and torn down six months after his conviction.

Unfortunately, people are sick and want to turn these places into tourist attractions. Or, as in the case of Castro's house, they threatened arson so that the police department had to spend a boatload of money on a 24-hour guard.
36 weeks ago
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"The debris will be hauled off and shredded."

Too bad the same can't be said for Ariel Castro.
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