Charles Ramsey is the man who responded to Amanda Berry’s screams and helped free the Cleveland kidnapping victims a year ago.
Ramsey talked to 10TV this week and showed he was still (as he puts it) elegantly profane. One thing Ramsey is not – filtered.
“We’re humans darling. We’re born to be scoundrels,” says Ramsey.
A year ago, Ramsey was in the media spotlight after being part of the freeing of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus.
“Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms - dead giveaway, dead giveaway, dead giveaway,” he said then.
Those words he spoke are now the cover of his book – Dead Giveaway.
Ramsey talks about how his life changed on May 6, 2013. He says he was in the wrong place at the right time.
“I didn’t go looking for none of this. I was looking for a Big Mac meal, medium size. That’s it,” he says.
But screams from the house next door interrupted his dinner. When asked what made him jump into action – you get another unfiltered response:
“I was born with testicles,” says Ramsey.
He helped kick in the door so Amanda Berry could make the 911 call. “I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years and I’m here. I’m free now,” she said in the call to police.
Berry, DeJesus, and Knight were all now free after being held by Ariel Castro.
But Charles Ramsey still wonders how in the year that he lived in the neighborhood, he never sensed anything was wrong, never suspected Castro. He even recalled a holiday with him.
“He volunteered to make sure kids don’t go out on the street,” says Ramsey. He felt that Castro was “all right.”
If Castro shocked Ramsey, then maybe Ramsey has surprised a few people himself. By the time he got to Seymour Avenue, he was a walking road to redemption. Before he found the place that put him into position to save three women, he did drugs and spent time in jail for domestic violence.
While he admits he hurt people in the past, he says that’s not him now.
“You don’t realize how much a woman hates your ass until you do something like be a national hero, and she still don’t want your ass,” he says.
He doesn’t dwell on it. Ramsey gives the impression of a man who is enjoying the moment now.
“You remember the rock star song – Loving Every Minute Of It?” he says.
When asked what makes him laugh, Ramsey admits his thoughts may be “sick” to some – but it is the fact that Castro is rotting in a box in the ground.
Ramsey also laughs knowing that three women are not in dire straits anymore. He has a hope for Berry, DeJesus, and Knight.
“That they will find forgiveness in the human race.”