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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Remember Charles Ramsey?

When he woke up on May 6th, 2013, he had no idea he was about to become a national hero for the rescue of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus from Ariel Castro’s “house of horrors” in Cleveland.

After having been held in the basement of Castro’s home in chains for a decade, the three missing girls — and 6-year-old daughter of one of the women — got a second chance at life when Ramsey heard Berry screaming from his neighbor’s home for help.

The following quote by Ramsey when he was interviewed about what happened shortly after the girls were able to escape was seemingly heard around the world.

“I knew somethin’ was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Somethin’ is WRONG here. Dead giveaway! Deaaaddddd giveaway. Deaaaaadddddddddddddd giveaway. She’s got problems. That’s the only reason she’s running to a black man!”

Ramsey was a hero. He had his own statue, his own burger, his own T-shirts, and interviews around the world.

Now, one year removed from all of the major press, Charles Ramsey has written a book about this experience — and his life.

He says it’s an effort to: “Tell the world who I really am.”

Ramsey sat down with FOX6’s sister station FOX8 in Cleveland to talk about his book, aptly titled “Dead Giveaway” — and his life.

CLICK HERE for much more on this story from FOX8 Cleveland.


  • ACD

    Also seems typical. That there is a culture where they are given an inch and takes it 3000 miles. He only gave a tip to police about this girl. Now hes praised as a national hero. What he did was great no doubt but not all that

    • lisha

      He didn’t give the police a tip, he actually helped her break the door so she can get out of the house. Why do we praise police, fire fighters and solders when all they are doing is the job they are paid to do.

    • Laura Segrin

      What Charles Ramsey did was heroic, ACD. He could have turned his head and walked away and pretend to never notice what was going on like too many other people do… but he didn’t. That deserves recognition. What he did was, in fact, saved those 3 women’s lives. If he wouldn’t have done what he did, those women may just be dead today. I have nothing but respect for this man for stepping in and stepping up to the plate when it was needed most for 3 young ladies’ lives. Kudos Charles Ramsey… this world needs more men like you!

    • Nick

      He broke the door down and saved 3 women and a little girl from a very evil person. You might want to believe any person would do the same but it’s just not true. A lot of people would have walked away and “minded their own business”. Lots of kidnapping victims have shared experiences were they could have been saved but no one would help them. He is a hero for what he did. I have a feeling your need to knock him down has more to do with the way he speaks or his race than anything.

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