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STORY OF SURVIVAL: Amanda Berry & Gina DeJesus tell their story

Amanda Berry & Gina DeJesus open up in People magazine article (Source: WOIO) Amanda Berry & Gina DeJesus open up in People magazine article (Source: WOIO)
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It is an amazing story of survival: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escaped years of captivity, held hostage for more than a decade by Ariel Castro.

Amanda and Gina broke their silence in Friday's issue of People Magazine, revealing new, shocking details about their time inside Castro's house on Seymour Avenue.

Amanda opens up about her bizarre relationship with Castro, the father of her daughter, and Gina says she had a chance to kill Castro.

Amanda reveals that she got into Castro's vehicle back in 2003 because she knew his daughter Angie. In her new book "Home: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland" Amanda writes, "I know this family and they are nice people."

She later thought "Why didn't I see this coming? How could I be so stupid?"

Gina says in April 2004 after being captured, she hated how Castro stroked her hair. She writes "It's like he thinks we are friends," and admits her terror.

Gina says Castro played Russian roulette with them and says she did not hesitate to pick up the gun put it to Castro's head. She says she pulled the trigger only to hear a click.

In 2005, Amanda and Gina were chained together in the basement for the first time with Michelle Knight. It was there where they talked for the first time.

When Amanda's daughter Jocelyn turned two, the chains finally came off for good.

In 2012, Castro was fired from his job as a bus driver. He thought the end was near and asked Amanda, "I wonder what they'll call me in newspapers? Maybe the Cleveland Kidnapper? Or maybe the Monster."

Amanda tells People that she survived by staying positive, saying, "You have to stay positive because if you didn't there was no reason to survive it."

She also told the magazine that she plans to wait to tell 8-year-old Jocelyn about her father until she is old enough to understand. 

Click here to read more about her hopes for her daughter.

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