For 10 years Amanda Berry, Georgina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were presumed dead when they were kidnapped on the same stretch of road in Cleveland, Ohio. But in May, 2013, the trio were miraculously discovered alive, one of them with a six-year old daughter.
Their captor, Ariel Castro, who has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. He is facing the possibility of the death penalty if prosecutors successfully argue that he forcibly caused his captors to miscarry their unborn babies.
The documentary 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. BBC’s Rick Edwards goes to the address in Seymour Avenue to speak to neighbours and relatives of the accused, interviewing the people who responded to a woman’s cry for help and hears how they made the amazing discovery.
Cleveland Captives: What Really Happened? features 3-D graphics of Castro’s 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.