Michelle Knight: ‘I Was Tied Up Like A Fish’ By Ariel Castro

Castro's first victim speaks out to Dr. Phil

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One of the women held captive for years by kidnapper Ariel Castro says in a new interview that she was “tied up like a fish” during parts of her ordeal.

Michelle Knight, Castro’s first victim, will break her silence during an interview airing on the Dr. Phil show Tuesday and Wednesday. “I was tied up like a fish, an ornament on the wall,” she said in excerpts of the interview that aired Monday morning on the Today show. “That’s the only way I can describe it.”

Knight said that Castro lured her into his home and then beat her and wouldn’t let her leave, tying her up with an orange extension cord. In the interview, she shows Dr. Phil how she was bound by her neck and feet and left that way for days at a time.

Castro, who held three women captive in a Cleveland home for years, was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years earlier this year, but one month into his sentence, he was found dead in his cell. An investigation found the cause of death may have been auto-erotic asphyxiation, a masturbation technique that involves oxygen deprivation.

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