Ariel Castro's home where three women were held hostage for a decade in Cleveland is demolished

The Cleveland house where three women were held captive and raped over a decade was demolished Wednesday morning.
 
The house was torn down as part of a deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence. He was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years.
 
One of the women imprisoned there, Michelle Knight, showed up early before the demolition began. She made a brief statement and released some balloons.
 
A crowd of onlookers clapped as the demolition began.
 


Prosecutors say Ariel Castro cried when he signed over the house deed and mentioned his "many happy memories" there with the women. The women escaped May 6 when one of them broke part of a door and yelled for help.

Google Earth has already blurred out a satellite image of the house, before the demolition even began.
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