Author: Charles Ramsey with Randy Nyerges
May 6, 2013 began like any other day for Charles Ramsey. Little did he know that by the end of the day he would help rescue three women and a young child who were being held captive for many years by his neighbor, Ariel Castro. Ramsey would also become a hero and instant celebrity as a result of the events of that day.
Many people recall the nationally televised interview where Charles Ramsey describes how he heard a young woman yelling for help and saw her struggling to try to get out of the door of his neighbor's home. Ramsey originally thought the woman was involved in a domestic disturbance with Castro and proceeded to help the woman get the door kicked open, where she exited the home along with a small child. The woman then revealed her identity to Ramsey as being missing person Amanda Berry, then asked Charles Ramsey to call 911.
After the police arrived, Berry informed them that there were other women being held against their will within the home. Ramsey claims that he had lived next to Ariel Castro for around one year and never suspected that anything was amiss or that anyone was being imprisoned in the home located in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. Ramsey states that he would see his neighbor Castro going about normal, daily activities, and even ate ribs with him on occasion, all the while never suspecting that three women and one child were being held against their will right under everyone's noses.
Two other women, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, were also rescued that day thanks to the help of Charles Ramsey. The young girl who was with Berry was identified as her daughter who was fathered by Castro during the ten years of her captivity at the hands of Castro.
This heroic rescue, along with a popular televised interview with Ramsey that was later made into a viral music video called "Dead Giveaway", the title being taken from a popular quote from Ramsey during the interview, made Charles Ramsey a household name known by millions.
Charles Ramsey is now the topic of a new book written by himself along with the help of Randy Nyerges. This new book is scheduled to be shipped on April 18, 2014. The paperback edition, published by Gray & Company, consists of 163 pages in which Charles Ramsey recounts his heroic efforts , along with details of what his life was like prior to and after the rescue took place. From dishwasher to hero, to dealing with his instant celebrity status and its perks, such as being offered free hamburgers for life, Ramsey tells it all with his special brand of sharp humor. He touches on being one of the few black kids growing up with mostly white folks, gives his opinions on race, discusses growing up in the inner city, and lets us know that what you saw on TV doesn't begin to tell the story of what really took place that day. The book retails for $14.95 and will be available soon.