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3 Cleveland Women Bound In Chains

A missing poster still rests on a tree outside the home of Amanda Berry this morning in Cleveland. Berry, 27, Michelle Knight, 32, and Gina DeJesus, had apparently been held captive in a house since their teens or early 20s, police said. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The three women held for nearly a decade in a residential house were bound with chains and ropes during their ordeal and allowed outside “very rarely,” the police chief said Wednesday. Police Chief Michael McGrath told NBC's Today show that the three victims, who were rescued Monday, had been “bound and there were chains and ropes in the hall.” Police spokesman Sammy Morris also confirmed that the restraints were among evidence collected by law enforcement officials who've been combing through the house. Investigators have delayed intense questioning of of the victims — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — until they get acclimated to their families and freedom, but details of the horrendous conditions have begun to surface since their rescue/USA Today. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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