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What Can We Learn From the Cleveland Abduction Case?


"We should listen more than we speak. When the spirit wells up on you don't push it down and dismiss it."

Charles Ramsey (WJW-TV)

The country is reeling after three women abducted and held captive for a decade were found alive in a Cleveland, Ohio, neighborhood Monday.

While friends, family and Americans across the nation are rejoicing that the women are alive and in relatively stable physical condition, one question still burns in everyone's mind: How could those who lived on the same street as the captors not have known something was awry for all these years?

On his Tuesday evening broadcast, Glenn Beck noted how strong the women must be to have weathered the mental and emotional trauma for over a decade. Talking about their strength, Beck said, "there is something in the human spirit that gets us through all of the madness."

Still, he noted that people must remain vigilant and truly get to know their neighbors. "Make human connections," Beck said before adding that it is also a good idea to familiarize oneself with his or her local law enforcement. The abduction took place within a few miles of where the women were eventually found.

But what about those who do take time to get to know their neighbors? Just as now-national hero Charles Ramsey did with at least one the kidnap suspects, Ariel Castro?

Ramsey, who rescued the captives, has become a local celebrity. In his many interviews, he noted that when he first moved next door to the suspect one year ago, he had a suspicious feeling about the house, but dismissed it. Ramsey later went on to barbecue and listen to music with his neighbor, thinking Castro was a normal everyday person, never having a clue that a house of horrors lie within. 

"We should listen more than we speak. When the spirit wells up on you don't push it down and dismiss it." 

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