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The memoirs of Charles Ramsey – the man who became famous after he helped Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escape from Cleveland home they had been held captive in for over a decade – are available for pre-order.

Charles Ramsey told NewsChannel5 in an interview that went viral that he was eating a Big Mac when he heard Amanda Berry screaming for help from his neighbor Ariel Castro’s home.

From dishwasher to international celebrity in one afternoon, that’s how Charles Ramsey’s new website CharlesRamseyWorld.com describes the roller coaster ride that transformed him in a matter of hours from that local dishwasher to an internet star.

Charles Ramsey became famous after he helped Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escape from Cleveland horrors house

Charles Ramsey became famous after he helped Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escape from Cleveland horrors house

The nearly 200 page book available in paperback for $14.95 begins with the day of May 6, 2013 and what Charles Ramsey heard while he was famously eating his McDonalds, that led him to the porch of his neighbor Ariel Castro and the freedom of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

It was a story that captured the immediate attention of the world. People wanted information, they wanted details and they wanted it immediately and it was in that vacuum that an internet star was born.

Charles Ramsey’s live interview on NewsChannel 5 in the seconds after a live signal was established from the street was soon replaying on networks around the world and achieved viral status on the internet within hours.

It is an interview that to this date has over 15 million views online and was voted one of YouTube’s top 10 news videos of 2013.

It was auto-tuned within 24 hours, a song that itself has more than 22 million views online.


An excerpt from the book Dead Giveaway: The Rescue, Hamburgers, White Folks, and Instat Celebrity… What You Saw on TV Doesn’t Even Begin to Tell the Story… (Gray & Company Publishers) is available on the publisher’s website.

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It was nearly year ago that Charles Ramsey helped Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escape about a decade of captivity in Ariel Castro’s home on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland.

Charles Ramsey sat down for an interview with Plain Dealer reporter Tom Feran.

Ariel Castro’s neighbor helped Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Amanda’s daughter escape a nearly a decade of captivity and abuse in the house of horrors on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland.

Charles Ramsey's new book Dead Giveaway written with Randy Nyerges, has been released on May 1

Charles Ramsey’s new book Dead Giveaway written with Randy Nyerges, has been released on May 1 (photo Digital First Media)

“Their faith has been test for ten years,” said Charles Ramsey about Gina DeJesus’ mother and father during the interview with Plain Dealer.

“They didn’t give up one day of hope….Those are the heros, it’s not me.”

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were given 2014 Ohio Courage medals by Gov. John Kasich during his State of the State speech in February.

Ariel Castro, 53, died in prison last year when he was found hanging in his prison cell after being sentenced to life plus 1,000 years when he plead guilty to hundreds of counts of kidnapping and rape involving the three young women.

Charles Ramsey’s new book Dead Giveaway written with Randy Nyerges, has been released on May 1 by publisher Gray& Co.

Almost a year later, Charles Ramsey is the first person connected to the ordeal to release a book, Dead Giveaway, the title coming from a phrase Ramsey used in a local TV interview.

Written with Randy Nyerges of Berea and carrying the lengthy subtitle The Rescue, Hamburgers, White Folks and Instant Celebrity … What You Saw on TV Doesn’t Even Begin to Tell the Story …, the book covers a wide range of topics and much of his life.

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Hodges restaurant in downtown Cleveland is helping to make Charles Ramsey – the man who famously helped rescue kidnapping victim Amanda Berry – even more of a household name.

Hodges has added the “Ramsey burger” in honor of the 43-year-old hero, who has worked as a dishwasher at the restaurant.

The $12 burger is eight ounces of Certified Angus Beef with lettuce, cheddar cheese, bread and butter pickles, and a “secret sauce” on a toasted sesame seed bun.

The owner of the restaurant, Chris Hodgson, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the burger is a “play on a Big Mac, which is what he was eating [when the rescue occurred]”.

Chris Hodgson has also been selling T-shirts that honor Charles Ramsey, raising more than $17,000 so far.

The $12 Ramsey burger at Hodges restaurant is eight ounces of Certified Angus Beef with lettuce, cheddar cheese, bread and butter pickles, and a secret sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun

The $12 Ramsey burger at Hodges restaurant is eight ounces of Certified Angus Beef with lettuce, cheddar cheese, bread and butter pickles, and a secret sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun

Unlike the burger, the proceeds of the shirt sales are going to the kidnapping victims, Chris Hodgson said.

Charles Ramsey won hero status across the nation for breaking into his neighbor’s home to rescue Amanda Berry, who had been kept inside the house for years against her will along with Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and her 6-year-old daughter.

Hours after the rescue, Charles Ramsey catapulted to Internet fame for the series of colorful television interviews that he gave on the ordeal.

Hodges patron Melissa Rush tried the burger on Monday afternoon and told the Cleveland Fox affiliate it was “delicious”.

When asked what she thought about Charles Ramsey, she said: “Oh, I’m obsessed. I’ve been following it. I think the guy is great. I’m really proud to know that he’s from Cleveland.”

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Amanda Berry may start a new life near her extended family in Tennessee after escaping the abductor who held her captive in Cleveland for ten years.

Amanda Berry, now 27, vanished in Cleveland, Ohio, on the day before her 17th birthday on April 21, 2003, shortly after calling her sister to say she was getting a lift home from her job at Burger King.

She incredible emerged alive earlier this month when she managed to escape from the basement of a house in Cleveland where she had been sexually abused by her captor Ariel Castro and gave birth to her 6-year-old daughter Jocelyn.

The other two women, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michele Knight, 32, who disappeared from the same block as Amanda Berry in 2004 and 2002 were also rescued from the property.

Amanda Berry’s relatives now hope she will move to Tennessee so she can be closer to her father and extended family.

Her uncle, Curtis Berry, 50, from Elizabethton, Tennessee, told nydailynews.com: “She has more kin here than anywhere else. This is her home.”

Amanda Berry may start a new life near her extended family in Tennessee after escaping the abductor who held her captive in Cleveland for ten years

Amanda Berry may start a new life near her extended family in Tennessee after escaping the abductor who held her captive in Cleveland for ten years

Amanda Berry has also been to visit the grave of her mother Louwana Miller, who never gave up hope her daughter was alive, for the first time since she passed away.

Her alleged abductor Ariel Castro, 52, is currently being held in prison awaiting trial.

A brief video filmed by Jasmina Baldrich shows the very first image of Amanda Berry after she broke out of the house of horrors after being held captive for a decade.

Amanda Berry can be seen clutching her six-year-old daughter Jocelyn in her arms and holding Charles Ramsey’s hand for comfort. Charles Ramsey was later hailed has a hero for responding to Berry’s cries for help and phoning 911.

Cops can be seen prying open the front door of Ariel Castro’s house. Once open, they flood into the home, some reaching for their handguns.

Jasmina Baldrich and her friend Ashley Colon were driving down Seymour Avenue on Monday evening when they were suddenly surrounded by police cruisers.

The revelation that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were alive and had been kept as sex slaves for a decade shocked and horrified the nation, but it was seen as a miracle in Cleveland.

The three women have hired attorneys and a PR firm to represent them as the entire world waits for them to make their first public appearances.

Their lawyer addressed the media on Sunday morning with a brief public statement saying the girls were thankful for the support from the community.

However, they asked for privacy and said they would not give any public interviews until after Ariel Castro’s trial.

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Charles Ramsey, Cleveland hero neighbor who saved three young women and a child from the “house of horrors”, has spoken out about his criminal past saying the domestic violence incidents made him the good man he is today.

Charles Ramsey, 43, who has become something of a celebrity since the rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight due to his antics with the media, was picked up on domestic violence charges in 1997, 1998 and 2003.

Speaking to TMZ, Charles Ramsey said: “I’ve made amends with the people involved and we’ve all moved on and grown up.

“Those incidents helped me become the man I am today and are the reason why I try to help the community as much as I can … Including those women.

“If I had so much hatred for women, I would have minded my own business this week and walked away instead of risking my life to save someone else.”

Charles Ramsey has spoken out about his criminal past saying the domestic violence incidents made him the good man he is today

Charles Ramsey has spoken out about his criminal past saying the domestic violence incidents made him the good man he is today

Charles Ramsey served six months in jail after he entered a “no contest” plea in 1998 – when he was charged with domestic violence and failing to appear in court following his first arrest, according to documents revealed on Wednesday by The Smoking Gun.

After his third arrest in 2003, Charles Ramsey was sentenced to another eight months in prison.

That same year, his wife Rochelle filed for divorce.

In an interview with The Smoking Gun, Rochelle said that her ex-husband Charles Ramsey also dodged $51-per-month child support payments for the couple’s daughter.

Meanwhile, a second neighbor, Angel Cordero, claimed he was the one who rescued Amanda Berry – and Charles Ramsey did not arrive at the scene until after the woman was freed.

Speaking Spanish, Angel Cordero told NewsChannel5: “I helped her and I was first.”

Angel Cordero added that by the time Charles Ramsey arrived, Amanda was already “outside with the girl”.

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Charles Ramsey has been hailed as America’s hero since rescuing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight, who were kidnapped ten years ago in Cleveland.

Countless TV interviews and accolades, it looks like Charles Ramsey is here to stay in our good graces for a while for his amazing deed.

But what is there to know about Charles Ramsey?

Age: 43

Occupation: Dishwasher at Hodge’s Restaurant in Cleveland

Fun fact: Charles Ramsey attended Charles F. Brush High School in Cleveland which is rivals to Orange High School which Good Morning America anchor, George Stephanopoulos, attended.

Charles Ramsey appeared on GMA on May 8.

Since rescuing the three missing girls, he’s already been autotuned a few times (as well as chopped and screwed, unfortunately).

Charles Ramsey lived next door to where Ariel Castro is alleged to have kept the women in a makeshift prison until Monday afternoon, when Ramsey happened to be home and heard Amanda Berry’s scream.

As he said: “I got the day off from work, so naturally you’re doing nothing.”

Actually, Charles Ramsey was “eating my McDonald’s,” a fact he trumpeted so frequently that the grateful food giant is trying to get in touch with him. A website that compiled some of Charles Ramsey’s television interviews kept count of how many times he mentioned McDonald’s in each.

Charles Ramsey has been hailed as America’s hero since rescuing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight

Charles Ramsey has been hailed as America’s hero since rescuing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight

McDonald’s seemed particularly delighted by the unexpected association with a hero. The corporation tweeted on Tuesday: “Way to go Charles Ramsey – we’ll be in touch.”

A company spokeswoman said Wednesday that it was trying to reach out to Charles Ramsey through its local franchise.

Charles Ramsey, 43, gave a series of interviews to Cleveland television stations as the story broke Monday night that were replayed on national news. CNN’s Anderson Cooper tracked him down for a lengthy conversation the next night. The interviews are performance art masterpieces, so filled with colorful language and astute reporting that he trended on Twitter and was the subject of Internet memes and an Auto-tuned song.

Similarly, a tape of a much more profane Charles Ramsey talking to a 911 operator (whom he later called an imbecile) is circulating on the Web.

During his initial interviews, Charles Ramsey said he was shocked to learn of allegations that Ariel Castro led a double life.

Charles Ramsey said he “used to barbecue with this dude. We eat ribs and what-not, listen to salsa music”.

He attracted so much attention that websites and media organizations dug into his past. He did jail time for domestic violence in the 1990s, according to the Ohio Department of Corrections.

Charles Ramsey, whose colorful television interviews quickly rocketed him to Internet stardom, was first charged with domestic violence in 1997, according to court records obtained by The Smoking Gun. He pleaded no contest to the charge and was found guilty. While waiting to be sentenced in July 1998, Charles Ramsey was arrested for domestic violence again.

He was ordered to serve six months in jail, placed on 5-year probation and directed to attend a domestic violence counseling program, the court records show.

Charles Ramsey was arrested again for domestic abuse in 2003, this time sentenced to eight months in prison. His wife, Rochelle, with whom he fathered a daughter, subsequently filed for divorce, citing “extreme cruelty”.

Rochelle, who is now remarried, told The Smoking Gun that Charles Ramsey “eventually apologized for battering her”.

There was some indication Charles Ramsey’s attention was prompting some jealousy. A Cleveland television station ran a story quoting Angel Cordero, another neighbor of Ariel Castro’s, who also said he was there helping Amanda Berry on Monday.

“I was there and I was first,” Angel Cordero said, according to WEWS-TV.

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Cleveland’s NBC affiliate WKYC scored an exclusive sit-down interview with Charles Ramsey, the man who discovered missing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight imprisoned into his neighbor’s home.

Charles Ramsey, 43, instantly became famous across the internet after he gave a descriptive and opinionated interview to another local Cleveland reporter Monday evening.

Cleveland’s NBC affiliate WKYC scored an exclusive sit-down interview with Charles Ramsey, the man who discovered missing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

Cleveland’s NBC affiliate WKYC scored an exclusive sit-down interview with Charles Ramsey, the man who discovered missing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

Now, he said he’s just glad the three women got out of captivity alive and rejects the “hero” label that WKYC’s anchors and others have been affixing to him.

Charles Ramsey says he knows he did a “good deed” but he’s finding it difficult to live with the fact that the three girls were being held against their will next door to him for so long. After retelling the story he originally relayed the night before, Charles Ramsey reacted to the internet sensation he has become, with the anchor asking him what it’s like to be “hashtag Charles Ramsey.”

“I don’t even want it,” Charles Ramsey said of the attention.

“They keep saying I’m a hero. Let me tell you something, I’m an American, and I’m a human being. I’m just like you. I work for a living. There was a woman in distress, so why turn your back on that?”

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Cleveland hero Charles Ramsey became an internet sensation following the incredible rescue of Amanda Berry, Georgina “Gina” DeJesus and Michele Knight after a decade in captivity.

Charles Ramsey, who heard Amanda Berry’s cries for help and busted open a door to help get her out, then called 911.

Charles Ramsey’s animated 911 call and the interview with a local news reporter recounting the incident quickly went viral

Charles Ramsey’s animated 911 call and the interview with a local news reporter recounting the incident quickly went viral

His animated 911 call and the interview with a local news reporter recounting the incident quickly went viral (and continues to be a top trending topic on Twitter).

Now – as is inevitable in this meme-tastic age – the Gregory Brothers are the best in this area and this remix named Dead Giveaway lives up to their reputation.

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Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland hero who helped rescue three women after a decade of captivity in his neighbor’s house, appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday morning in his latest interview.

Charles Ramsey, who has emerged an overnight sensation both for his good citizenship and animated on-camera commentary, told George Stephanopoulos via satellite that he had been living next door to Ariel Castro for a year but hadn’t seen any clues that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were being held inside.

Cleveland hero Charles Ramsey appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday morning in his latest interview

Cleveland hero Charles Ramsey appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday morning in his latest interview

On Monday, Amanda Berry got his attention while Ariel Castro was away and Charles Ramsey helped her out of the house.

Coverage of the kidnappings has featured prominently on the network morning shows. On GMA, George Stephanopoulos pressed Charles Ramsey on whether he had noticed anything awry next door prior to the women’s escape.

“Not one iota because I wouldn’t have been speaking to this dude,” said Charles Ramsey, noting how “scary” it was to learn what his neighbor had done.

“So either I’m that stupid or [he’s] that good,” Charles Ramsey added.

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A second Ariel Castro’s neighbor, Angel Cordero, is coming forward claiming that he was the one to save Amanda Berry from the house where she had been kept for nearly a decade.

Angel Cordero was never mentioned by Charles Ramsey, the entertaining folk hero who has captured the attention of the nation in the wake of the dramatic rescue Monday night.

Spanish speaking Angel Cordero, who has his niece Ashley translate for him in interviews, said that he was sitting on a neighbor’s porch when they heard some commotion and went to check it out, only to find the woman desperate for help.

“[The neighbor] had told me that there was something going on in the house at the front and we went to go see and all we heard was screaming,” Angel Cordero told Piers Morgan on CNN.

“We saw a hand outside the house that was moving up and down so we went to go check what was going on and she had told me that she had been kidnapped for ten years.

“I kicked the door at the bottom because I was trying to get it open because it was too hard so I got it at the bottom and that’s when Amanda ran out of the house.”

Angel Cordero claims that he was the one to save Amanda Berry from the house where she had been kept for nearly a decade

Angel Cordero claims that he was the one to save Amanda Berry from the house where she had been kept for nearly a decade

The detail of Amanda Berry poking her arm out of the locked door matches the description given by Charles Ramsey, who was in the crowd outside of the police station following the rescue of the three young women who Ariel Castro kidnapped years ago.

In his discussion with CNN on Wednesday night, Angel Cordero said that he was able to quickly understand the danger of the situation and insist that they run for fear of Ariel Castro’s return.

“When Amanda came out she returned to get her daughter and she took her out of the hole at the bottom of the door and I told her <<Quickly, let’s go across the street to [the neighbor’s] house just in case the man comes back so you won’t get hurt or anything>> so she went to [the neighbor’s] house and she used her phone and that’s when she let the police know what was going on,” Angel Cordero told CNN through the translation of his niece.

When Piers Morgan asked about Charles Ramsey’s role in the harrowing rescue, Angel Cordero did not mention his presence at all.

“The first one that talked directly to Amanda was me and she was the one that told me what was going on and she told me that there was two other women in the house,” Angel Cordero said.

In an earlier interview with local channel, Angel Cordero went into a bit more detail about Charles Ramsey’s role, saying that by the time Ramsey arrived, Amanda Berry was already “outside with the girl”.

“But the truth who arrived there, who crossed the street, who came and broke the door, it was me.”

Angel Cordero says that he does not harbor any resentment or jealousy toward Charles Ramsey, as long as the women he helped rescue from the home are OK.

For his part, Charles Ramsey didn’t mention Angel Cordero by name but did say that when he heard the woman screaming he saw his neighbor run across the street and so he went along to see what was going on.

His concern appears to be with the young women as well, saying that he does not deserve any of the reward money that was offered in relation to the case.

“I tell you what you do, give it to them… you know I got a job anyway” he said before pulling out his paycheck that he just picked up and showing it to Anderson Cooper.

Charles Ramsey, who is a dishwasher, brushed off his hero status, telling Anderson Cooper that he just had to “do the right thing”, adding: “Bro, I’m a Christian, an American, and just like you. We bleed the same blood, put our pants on the same way.

“It’s just that you got to put that – being a coward, and I don’t want to get in nobody’s business. You got to put that away for a minute.”

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Charles Ramsey, the McDonald’s loving neighbor hailed as a hero for rescuing three women held prisoner in a Cleveland home, was arrested three times for battering his now ex-wife, it has been revealed.

Charles Ramsey, who has become something of a celebrity since the rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight due to his antics with the media, was picked up on domestic violence charges in 1997, 1998 and 2003.

He served six months in jail after he entered a “no contest” plea in 1998 – when he was charged with domestic violence and failing to appear in court following his first arrest, according to documents revealed on Wednesday by The Smoking Gun.

After his third arrest in 2003, Charles Ramsey was sentenced to another eight months in prison. That same year, his wife Rochelle filed for divorce.

Charles Ramsey, who has become something of a celebrity since the rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight due to his antics with the media, was picked up on domestic violence charges in 1997, 1998 and 2003

Charles Ramsey, who has become something of a celebrity since the rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight due to his antics with the media, was picked up on domestic violence charges in 1997, 1998 and 2003

In an interview with The Smoking Gun, Rochelle said that Charles Ramsey also dodged $51-per-month child support payments for the couple’s daughter.

Meanwhile, a second neighbor, Angel Cordero, claimed he was the one who rescued Amanda Berry – and Charles Ramsey did not arrive at the scene until after the woman was freed.

Speaking Spanish, Angel Cordero told NewsChannel5: “I helped her and I was first.”

Angel Cordero added that by the time Charles Ramsey arrived, Amanda Berry was already “outside with the girl”.

“But the truth who arrived there, who crossed the street, who came and broke the door, it was me.”

But Angel Cordero says that he does not harbor any resentment or jealousy toward Charles Ramsey, as long as the women he helped rescue from the home are OK.

He told the station: “I did what had to be done. I helped her. They have their daughter, daughters are safe over there.”

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McDonald’s have reached out to Charles Ramsey, the man being dubbed a hero and a legend in Cleveland and told him they will be in touch as yet another hilarious interview with Ariel Castro’s neighbor hits the internet.

Charles Ramsey, who is responsible for freeing Amanda Berry and two other women who were being held captive at his neighbor’s home, joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper to re-tell the events of the heroic evening which led to the freedom of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus.

In a lengthy and animated interview with Anderson Cooper, Charles Ramsey describes the moment he heard Amanda Berry screaming from his neighbor’s home, the dramatic moment he kicked the door in to rescue her and the 911 call he made to the “moron” dispatcher, all while holding his half-eaten Big Mac.

When Anderson Cooper asked him what neighbor Ariel Castro was like, Charles Ramsey said: “He was cool, he wasn’t no freak of nature, he was like me and you. He talked about the same things me and you do bro.”

Charles Ramsey revealed that he actually spoke to Ariel Castro earlier that day because the mail man had put his mail into Ramsey’s mailbox. He said that Ariel Castro drove off and he cycled to McDonald’s.

Charles Ramsey, who is a dishwasher, brushed off his hero status, telling Anderson Cooper that he just had to “do the right thing”, adding: “Bro, I’m a Christian, an American, and just like you. We bleed the same blood, put our pants on the same way.

Charles Ramsey joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper to re-tell the events of the heroic evening which led to the freedom of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus

Charles Ramsey joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper to re-tell the events of the heroic evening which led to the freedom of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus

“It’s just that you got to put that – being a coward, and I don’t want to get in nobody’s business. You got to put that away for a minute.”

He also revealed he is traumatized and has had trouble sleeping after learning what was taking place right next door to him.

“Up until yesterday, the only thing that kept me from losing sleep was lack of money. You know what I’m saying? But now that that’s going on and I think I could have done this last year…”

He also says that any reward money should not be given to him, but to the three women who had lost so many years of their lives being held captive.

“I tell you what you do, give it to them… you know I got a job anyway” he said before pulling out his paycheck that he just picked up and showing it to Anderson Cooper.

Yesterday, after giving several zany interviews which catapulted him to internet celebrity status, Charles Ramsey’s mentions of McDonald’s caught the attention of the fast food chain.

McDonald’s later tweeted: “We salute the courage of Ohio kidnap victims & respect their privacy. Way to go Charles Ramsey – we’ll be in touch.”

Charles Ramsey’s expletive-filled 911 call is garnering just as much attention as his interviews.

He explains to the dispatcher: “Hey bro I’m at 2207 Seymour Avenue, West 25th. Hey check this out, I just came from McDonald’s right? And I’m on my porch eating my little food and this broad is trying to break outa the f***ing house next door to me.

“There was a bunch of people on the street right now and sh** and we are like, <<What’s wrong with you, what’s the problem?>>

“And she’s like, <<This mother f***er has kidnapped me and my daughter>>. Said her name is Linda Berry or some shit. I don’t know who the fuck that is, I just moved over here bro.”

The dispatcher asks Charles Ramsey to calm down and slow down and tries to ascertain what is happening and where they are.

He explains that he is looking at Amanda Berry, who is on the phone with a different dispatcher. Charles Ramsey explains that she is white, but her child is Hispanic and that she is wearing “a white tank top and blue sweat pants”.

Charles Ramsey is then asked if Amanda Berry needs an ambulance and he can be heard shouting over to her.

“You need an ambulance or what? She needs everything, she in a panic, she’s been kidnapped you know? So put yourself in her shoes.”

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Charles Ramsey 911 call to Cleveland police has been released.

Since Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight’s dramatic rescue Monday night, Charles Ramsey has become an internet celebrity due to his animated and zany interviews with news outlets.

His expletive-filled 911 call is garnering just as much attention.

Charles Ramsey explains to the dispatcher: “Hey bro I’m at 2207 Seymour Avenue, West 25th. Hey check this out, I just came from McDonalds right? And I’m on my porch eating my little food and this broad is trying to break outa the f***ing house next door to me.

“There was a bunch of people on the street right now and sh** and we are like, <<Whats wrong with you, whats the problem?>>

“And she’s like, <<This mother f***er has kidnapped me and my daughter>>. Said her name is Linda Berry or some shit. I don’t know who the fuck that is, I just moved over here bro.”

The dispatcher asks the man to calm down and slow down and tries to ascertain what is happening and where they are.

Charles Ramsey explains that he is looking at Amanda Berry, who is on the phone with a different dispatcher. He explains that she is white, but her child is Hispanic and that she is wearing a white tank top and blue sweat pants.

Since Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight's dramatic rescue Monday night, Charles Ramsey has become an internet celebrity due to his animated and zany interviews with news outlets

Since Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight’s dramatic rescue Monday night, Charles Ramsey has become an internet celebrity due to his animated and zany interviews with news outlets

He is then asked if Amanda Berry needs an ambulance and he can be heard shouting over to her.

“You need an ambulance or what? She needs everything, she in a panic, she’s been kidnapped you know? So put yourself in her shoes.”

ANIMATED 911 CALL FROM CLEVELAND HERO CHARLES RAMSEY

Charles Ramsey: Hey bro I’m at 2207 Seymour Avenue, West 25th. Hey check this out, I just came from McDonalds right? And I’m on my porch eating my little food and this broad is trying to break outa the f***ing house next door to me.

There was a bunch of people on the street right now and sh** and we are like, “Whats wrong with you, whats the problem?”

And she’s like, “This mother f***er has kidnapped me and my daughter”. Said her name is Linda Berry or some shit. I don’t know who the fuck that is, I just moved over here bro.

Dispatcher: Sir you have to clam down and slow down, is she still in the street?

Ramsey: Seymour Avenue.

Dispatcher: Is she still in the street or where did she go?

Ramsey: Yeah I’m looking at her, she right now. She calling you all, she on the other phone.

Dispatcher: Is she black, white or Hispanic?

Ramsey: Err she white, but the baby look Hispanic.

Dispatcher: Okay what is she wearing?

Ramsey: Err white tank top, light blue sweat pants, like a wife-beater.

Dispatcher: Do you know the address next door that she said she was in?

Ramsey: Yes 2207, I’m looking at it.

Dispatcher: Okay I thought that was your address, that house.

Ramsey: No No, I’m smarter than that bro, I’m telling you where the crime was, not my house.

Dispatcher: Sir we can’t talk at the same time, do you want to leave your name and number?

Ramsey: Charles Ramsey, R-A-M-S-E-Y

Dispatcher: Are the people she said that did this do you know if they are still in the house?

Ramsey: I don’t have a f***ing clue, bro, I just got out of McDonald’s.

Dispatcher: Can you ask her if she needs an ambulance.

Ramsey: You need an ambulance, or what? She needs everything, she’s in a panic bro, she’s been kidnapped so you know put yourself in her shoes.

Dispatcher: We’ll send the police out. Thank you.

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Ohio police have praised the bravery of three women – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight – found alive on Monday evening in a house in Cleveland, after they vanished about a decade ago.

Amanda Berry, who disappeared in 2003 aged 16, escaped with a neighbor’s help while her alleged captor, later identified as Ariel Castro, was away.

Gina DeJesus, who went missing aged 14 a year later, and Michele Knight, who vanished in 2002 aged about 19, were also rescued from the property.

School bus driver Ariel Castro and his two brothers have been arrested.

The three women were taken to hospital for a check-up and to be reunited with their relatives before being discharged on Tuesday morning.

A six-year-old girl also rescued from the house was believed to be the daughter of Amanda Berry, Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba told a news conference.

FBI Special Agent Stephen Anthony said: “The nightmare is over. These three young ladies have provided us with the ultimate definition of survival and perseverance. The healing can now begin.”

“Yes, law enforcement professionals do cry,” he added.

Ed Tomba vowed prosecutors would “bring the full weight of justice” on those responsible in the “horrific case”.

Ariel Castro, 52, and his two brothers, Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50, have been taken into custody.

Amanda Berry disappeared in 2003 aged 16

Amanda Berry disappeared in 2003 aged 16

Police Chief Michael McGrath said the women were believed to have been tied up at the house. Officials said they may also investigate other properties.

Amanda Berry, now 27, escaped on Monday evening when a neighbor heard her screaming and kicking a door, while her alleged captor was out of the house.

Rescuer Charles Ramsey said he had helped kick in a metal door so that Amanda Berry could climb outside and phone police.

In a recording of Monday’s emergency call, Amanda Berry says: “I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here. I’m free now.”

Amanda Berry identifies herself to the 911 dispatcher, saying she has been on the news for the past decade, and begging for help to arrive before her captor returns.

Police Chief Michael McGrath told Tuesday’s news conference: “Thankfully, due to Amanda’s brave actions these three women are alive today.”

Neighbor Anna Tejeda said she had refused to believe the young woman at first.

“You’re not Amanda Berry. Amanda Berry is dead,” she said, according to the Associated Press news agency.

Other neighbors in the working-class district said they did not realize anybody was living at the house at 2207 Seymour Ave.

During the news conference, Public Safety Director Martin Flask said that in March 2000, Ariel Castro had called the authorities to report a fight on his street, but no arrest was made.

In January 2004, police called at Ariel Castro’s home, but no-one answered. They were alerted by children’s services after a child was left at a depot on a school bus that Ariel Castro had been driving. Authorities concluded there had been no criminal intent.

Amanda Berry had last been heard from aged 16 when she called her sister on 21 April 2003 to say she would get a lift home from her job at a Burger King restaurant.

In 2004, Gina DeJesus – who is now 23 years old – was believed to have been on her way home from school when she went missing.

Their disappearances made local headlines in Cleveland, and many assumed the girls were dead.

The case of Michele Knight, who was older than the other women when she disappeared and is now 32, was less widely publicized.

Her grandmother, Deborah Knight, was quoted by the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper on Monday as saying the authorities concluded she had run away.

The victims’ families have responded with stunned joy. Sylvia Colon, a relative of Gina DeJesus, said they had never given up hope.

But Amanda Berry’s mother, Louwana, died in March 2006, three years after her daughter went missing. A local politician said the mother had died of a “broken heart”.

In an extraordinary twist, it emerged that Ariel Castro’s son – also called Ariel, although he goes by his middle name Anthony – wrote an article about the disappearance of Gina DeJesus for his local newspaper in 2004.

Police have not commented on the case of a fourth missing girl, Ashley Summers, who disappeared in the same area in July 2007 when 14 years old.

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Charles Ramsey, the neighbor credited with saving three young women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade, said he heard desperate screams and then kicked through a door to help one escape.

Charles Ramsey said he was eating a McDonald’s meal when he heard the cries, ran over to investigate holding a Big Mac and then came face to face with Amanda Berry, who was last seen in 2003 aged 16.

He told WEWS-TV: “I heard screaming, and I see this girl going nuts trying to get outside [of the house].

“I go on the porch and she said, <<Help me get out. I’ve been here a long time>>. I figure it was domestic violence dispute.”

“She comes out with a little girl and says <<Call 911, my name is Amanda Berry>>.”

Charles Ramsey said he didn’t immediately process that it was the same Amanda Berry who had disappeared from the neighborhood 10 years ago.

Charles Ramsey is the neighbor credited with saving three young women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade

Charles Ramsey is the neighbor credited with saving three young women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade

Soon afterwards, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were also found alive on inside the house.

When Charles Ramsey helped Amanda Berry out of the house, she was holding a young child, and there were other children in the home.

Charles Ramsey added: “I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway.”

Ariel Castro, 52, has been arrested and is in police custody in connection with the kidnapping case along with his two unnamed brothers, who are 50 and 54.

Charles Ramsey said: “When she told me, it didn’t register until I got the call to 911 and I’m like, <<I’m calling 911 for Amanda Berry? I thought this girl was dead>>.”

He handed Amanda Berry the phone, and she told police that she had been held captive in the home and to send help.

Also found in the home were two more women who had been reported missing at around the same time – Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. All three appeared to be in good health.

Dr. Gerald Maloney, of Cleveland MetroHealth Center, told reporters: “They’re safe… We’re in the process of evaluating medical needs. They appear to be in fair condition at the moment.”

Gina DeJesus vanished in 2004, while Michelle Knight was last seen in 2002.

There were also several children in the home.

When police arrived, officers asked Charles Ramsey if he knew who he rescued.

The revelations shocked Charles Ramsey, who said that he has known Ariel Castro and the two often spent time together.

He told NewsNet5: “I’ve been here a year. I barbeque with this dude, we eat ribs and what not and listen to salsa music. Not a clue that that girl was in that house or that anyone else was in there with.”

Charles Ramsey added: “He’s somebody you look and then you look away because he’s just doing normal stuff. You got some big testicles to pull this one off because we see this guy every day.”

Amanda Berry disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, one day before her 17th anniversary, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King.

Gina DeJesus went missing at age 14 on her way home from school about a year later.

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