In 2013, Michelle Knight captured America’s heart when she first revealed to Dr. Phil the terrifying details of the torture and abuse she suffered for more than 10 years at the hands of kidnapper Ariel Castro. Since that time, Michelle has gone from traumatized victim to empowered survivor and best-selling author with her book, Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings. Now, Michelle’s story comes to life onscreen in the Lifetime TV movie, Cleveland Abduction. Stars of the movie Taryn Manning and Raymond Cruz join Michelle onstage to talk about the challenges of portraying the characters who made headlines. How does Michelle feel about seeing her real-life nightmare played out on television? Then, Renatta says she lost three loved ones to drug and alcohol addiction and has since turned to food to cope with her grief. How can she avoid falling prey to what she believes is her family’s curse of addiction? Dr. Phil and Robin reveal big surprises for the deserving mom!
From Victim to Empowered Survivor
Watch the trailer for Lifetime’s Cleveland Abduction.
See a clip from the film Michelle chose not to watch. Plus, actress Taryn Manning explains how she prepared for the tough scenes.
Actor Raymond Cruz shares the difficulty of portraying Ariel Castro in Cleveland Abduction.
Don’t miss the world premiere of Cleveland Abduction on Lifetime, May 2 at 8/7c.“Afraid of My Family’s Fatal Curse”
“I lost my mother, my father and my brother to drug and alcohol addiction,” Renatta says. “There’s been so much death in my family, I feel like we are cursed.”Renatta says she fears she could take after her family, so she avoided taking narcotics during a recent spinal fusion surgery. “I’m afraid I might like them,” she says.Still, Renatta admits, “My addiction is food. I’ve gained 70 pounds. I’m worried about my addiction to food killing me, and that’s why I want to find other ways to cope with my grief. I have a daughter now. It’s not fair to her. She’s 11 years old. How do I move on? How do you let go of your family?”Tune in to see Dr. Phil’s offer of help to Renatta!
Dr. Phil and Robin reveal big surprises for Renatta!
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Scary, chilling, frightening, but a powerful teaching tool this movie will be #DrPhil #ClevelandAbduction
— Michael&Angel (@MikeAngie2) April 13, 2015
@TarynManning and @RealRaymondCruz Thank you for using your gifts to tell this important story. #DrPhil #ClevelandAbduction
— Victoria Wells (@CobraGirlAZ) April 13, 2015
Michelle Knight thank you for sharing your story with the world.You’re a giving strength and hope to others.#DrPhil #ClevelandAbduction
— Maribel Freire (@PRNena1971) April 13, 2015
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