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Cleveland house where 3 women were held is razed

The Cleveland house where three kidnapped women were raped and tortured for nearly a decade was demolished by the city Wednesday as part of a plea agreement that sent their abductor, Ariel Castro, to prison last week for life.

The demolition, which took about an hour and a half, was greeted by cheers from a group that included one of his victims, Michelle Knight, who spoke briefly before the work began and released a batch of yellow balloons to remember other kidnapping victims yet to be rescued.

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