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Google Maps Reveals That Ariel Castro's 'House Of Horrors' No Longer Exists

Google Maps Reveals That Ariel Castro's 'House Of Horrors' No Longer Exists

As well as uploading the majority of the world's roads and streets to the internet just to help us get to work on time, Google Maps has also picked up plenty of horrific and hilarious things along the way. The super camera has allowed us to view a poor man falling backwards down a set of stairs in New Jersey, a motorbike smashing into the side of a car in Russia and a secret military base in Nevada. One of the most controversial finds took place on a working-class street in Cleveland, Ohio.

Once upon a time, 2208 Seymour Avenue was home to a man called Ariel Castro. Despite having the same first name as the Little Mermaid, this was no Disney story. In fact, this demonic man held three females, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight captive here for over a decade. Inside, authorities discovered tape and chains which were used to restrain the women among other things they refused to disclose. To make matters worse, Ariel had a child with Miss Berry and forced the other women to deliver it without the aid of a doctor.

The Ariel Castro kidnappings took place between 2002 and 2004. Credit: PA
The Ariel Castro kidnappings took place between 2002 and 2004. Credit: PA

Upon realising this, Google Maps blurred out the house, meaning you couldn't zoom into it no matter how hard you tried... Unless you were mischievous like us and found a way around it.

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The 'House Of Horrors' is Blurred Out. Credit: Google Maps
The 'House Of Horrors' is Blurred Out. Credit: Google Maps

According to reports, Castro's neighbours had contrasting opinions of him before his captives managed to escape. A local resident said the property was usually quiet although: "sometimes you would hear music, but I would never see the man come out of there or hear any noises. It's just like he was there but not there."

Another resident told the BBC that her granddaughter had seen a naked lady crawling in the backyard of his house and said: "What else got me was a little girl up in the attic window. Where did she come from? Who's her mother?"

We can now only assume that the girl was Miss Berry's child.

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Understandably, after such a traumatic event the house and the house next door have both been torn down, which can be seen using Google Maps.

The 'House Of Horrors' at 2208 Seymour Avenue Has Been Replaced With Flowers. Credit: Google Maps
The 'House Of Horrors' at 2208 Seymour Avenue Has Been Replaced With Flowers. Credit: Google Maps

This has also been confirmed by looking at Street View on Bing Maps:

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Ariel Castro House Is Gone Forever. Credit: Bing Maps
Ariel Castro House Is Gone Forever. Credit: Bing Maps

Hopefully the destruction of the houses can help the neighbours move on.

Featured Image Credit: Google Maps

Topics: Viral, Death, Google, Phones and Gadgets, World News, Interesting, Google Maps, US News, Technology

Mark Cunliffe

Mark is a writer at LADbible with a creative writing background and a history working at some of Manchester's biggest agencies. He loves football and music that screams a lot.