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  1. 1. Do stories like these happen? Three women held captive in a run-down home for a decade kept diaries documenting the horrific physical and sexual abuse they suffered on a daily basis, prosecutors said Wednesday. The women’s kidnapper, Ariel Castro, lured one of them into his Cleveland home with the promise of a puppy for her son and later locked all of them in a vehicle in his garage After some time one of the women broke free in May and called for help, frantically telling an emergency dispatcher, “I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for 10 years, and I’m, I’m here. I’m free now.” Castro has pleaded guilty to 937 counts, including kidnapping, rape, assault and aggravated murder. Castro, who chained his captives by their ankles and fed them only one meal a day, “admits his disgusting and inhuman conduct” but “remains remorseless for his actions.” In the memorandum, prosecutors describe the horrific conditions the women endured at Castro’s hands. The women’s diaries, they say, “document abuse and life as a captive.” “The entries speak of forced sexual conduct, of being locked in a dark room, of anticipating the next session of abuse, of the dreams of someday escaping and being reunited with family, of being chained to a wall, of being held like a prisoner of war,” When Castro was arrested, his attorneys said evidence would show he wasn’t a monster The women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. Many horrific details of the women’s ordeal had already emerged, with one woman forced to wear a motorcycle helmet while chained in the basement and, after she tried to escape, having a vacuum cord wrapped around her neck.
  2. 2. Castro repeatedly starved and beat one of the victims each time she was pregnant, forcing her to miscarry five times. He forced that woman on threat of death to safely deliver the child he fathered with another victim on Christmas Day 2006. That day, prosecutors say, Castro raped the woman who helped deliver his daughter. Prosecutors will ask the judge to prohibit Castro from ever seeing his daughter, now 6. McGinty says experts also will discuss the Stockholm syndrome to explain how Castro was able to keep the women captive for so long. The syndrome describes situations in which hostages and victims of abduction begin to sympathize with their captors and even defend them. It was named for a 1973 bank hostage situation in Stockholm, Sweden. Pronunciation Check the words and write the words in English _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ : / t n ə m s . ɪ e bˈ / 8. ___________________________:/̩lk.ŋæˈ/ 9. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ : / k ɪ . f ɪ rˈ ə h / 10. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _:/t er θ/ :___________________________ :_________________________ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ : / n ə m . ː u j hˈ n ɪ / /i . p ʌ pˈ / 5. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ : / t n ə n . ɡ e r pˈ / 4. 7. /l ə ɪ dˈ ː ɔ / 3. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _:/ mː ur/ 2. 6. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ : / r əʃ t æ p sˈ ɪ d / 1. Check the meanings and write the words 1. a suggestion that something unpleasant or violent will happen:________________ 2. to force someone to have sex when they are unwilling:_____________________ 3. unintentional end to a pregnancy when the baby is born too early and dies because it has not developed enough:_____________________ 4. an occasion when someone is kidnapped:__________________________ 5. a very unpleasant and painful or difficult experience:____________________ 6. severe and showing no sadness or guilt:___________________________ 7. any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange:_______________________

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