CLEVELAND, Oh. -- A third floor bedroom in the home on Cleveland's SeymourAvenue where Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were heldcaptive hints at other dark plans by suspected kidnapper Ariel Castro.
Police sourcestold theInvestigator Tom Meyer that Castro equipped that attic bedroom with chains and tie-downs.
Meyer learned that the medical examiner's chief forensic photographertook photos of that bedroom at the prosecutor's request. That room wasoff-limits to the three women Castro already held captive and they toldpolice they never went inside it.
But they would have been familiar with the chains, padlocks andtie-downs it contained, since they were also found in the lower floorrooms where Gina, Amanda and Michelle were kept for the better part of10 years.
Cleveland Safety Director Martin Flask says there is no evidence that a fourth woman was ever held captive in the home.
So was Castro planning another abduction? His lawyers decline tocomment on such allegations and said it was inappropriate for police todisseminate these kinds of details about the case.
The Castro home is still under police surveillance. Each day, dozensupon dozens of cars pass slowly by to gaze at the infamous house wherethe three young women, and Amanda's young daughter, Jocelyn, livedagainst their will.
In the meantime, a legislator wants the state of Ohio to compensate Amanda, Gina and Michelle for their years in captivity.
State Rep. John Barnes, District 12, told Meyer that he isintroducing legislation Tuesday that will provide significant help tothe women.
He's calling it a "Survivors of Abduction Act" and it would provide$25,000 a year to each of the three women for 10 years -- the length oftime they were held captive -- as well as free education at any stateuniversity and free health care for life.
Barnes, of Cleveland, says his colleagues in the statehouse have conveyed their support for the legislation.
"I think it's a humanitarian issue," Barnes said. "Can you imagineliving in a box, probably 12 by 12, for over 10 years when you had yourfreedom before? "
"There are real challenges ahead for the women," he said. "As a community, we have an obligation to do everything we can."
The Survivors of Abduction Act goes beyond the compensation thatcomes from the Ohio Victims of Compensation Program. That program helpsvictims with one-time expenses resulting from a person's being injuredthrough a violent criminal act. Funding for that program comes fromcriminal fines.
The new legislation, which would only apply to victims held captivefor eight years or more, would be funded by tax dollars, Barnes said,noting that such cases are extremely rare.
"But we have a $63 billion (state) budget. I think $25,000 to helpthese young ladies is a small amount based on what they've experiencedover the past 10 years."