*No doubt, the public is ever grateful for Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man who kicked down his neighbors’ door and rescued three young women held captive by Ariel Castro for a decade. But a memoir…seriously? Are we interested in this dude’s life before that?
Cleveland-based publishing house Gray & Co. thinks so. According to them, Ramsey, 44, who previously shunned the spotlight, recently signed a book deal with the publisher.You may recall Ramsey garnered national attention when he rescued Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Berry’s daughter from a house where they had been imprisoned by their kidnapper, Castro, for about 10 years.
The memoir is yet-to-be-titled, but will describe the rescue, the short time Ramsey spent living next door to atrocities he was unaware of, and the instant fame that ensued after his heroic actions, Gray and Co.’s release said.
Ramsey’s raw accounts during television interviews of the day he rescued the women in May were remixed, posted on YouTube and quoted incessantly by Twitter users.
“What you saw on TV doesn’t even begin to tell the story,” Ramsey said.
Hmm, could he have been thinking of a possible book deal even then?
“Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms,” Ramsey told a reporter shortly after the ordeal.
The book will be co-written by Randy Nyerges, who co-wrote a book with former Cleveland Browns defensive back Hanford Dixon, and served as a Senate speechwriter.
“Charles says outrageous things, but what a story he has,” Nyerges said, according to Gray and Co.’s announcement.
The two have been collaborating on the book since the beginning of December, and it is slated to be published in spring 2014, which is when a memoir by Michelle Knight is also scheduled to be released.
Ariel Castro killed himself in the state penitentiary. At the time of his death, he had been sentenced to life plus more than 1,000 years for kidnapping and repeatedly raping the three young women.