The three all hoped their captor would plead guilty to avoid a trial, according to documents released by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office Monday, and the FBI and Cleveland Police Department also did not want the women to be re-traumatized by a trial.
“They say they understand the need to put Castro away for life,” according to a July 11, 2013 prosecutor’s document weighing the pros and cons of seeking the death penalty.
Castro pleaded guilty to hundreds of charges last year and committed suicide in prison shortly after beginning a life sentence.
DeJesus was 14, Berry was 16 and Knight was 20 when they disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004. They were rescued from Castro’s run-down house May 6, 2013, after Berry broke through a screen door.
Berry and DeJesus are collaborating with two Washington Post reporters on a book due out next year. Charles Ramsey, the man credited with helping the women escape from the house, also has written a book.