A wrecking crew in the U.S. has demolished the house where a man held three young women captive for a decade while chaining and repeatedly raping them.
Workers quickly reduced the rundown house in Cleveland, Ohio to rubble on Wednesday as neighbors cheered the demolition.
A one-time school bus driver, 53-year-old Ariel Castro, pleaded guilty to more than 900 charges in the case and was sentenced last week to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors say he cried as he signed over the deed to his house.
One of his victims, Michelle Knight, watched the destruction of the house, and released yellow balloons into the sky. She said it was a symbol of hope for other missing children.
''I go from here as being a motivational speaker and let everybody know that they are heard that they are loved ... and there is hope for everyone.''