This fast turn-around Channel 5 documentary tells the chilling story of the three young women imprisoned in a cellar in suburban Cleveland, Ohio for 11 years. It will air Monday 20th May at 8pm and is being made for Channel 5 by ITN Productions


The programme questions how they ended up trapped for over a decade in a house no one thought to look in and why the girls might not have tried to escape. Ohio Slave Girls: Their Story delves into the psychology of how one man succeeded in persuading the women to live as captives for so long and examines the long term effects of this most traumatic of experiences.


Through exclusive interviews with neighbours and family witnesses, expert psychologists and criminologists the programme asks What happened when they were taken, and what did Ariel Castro – the man charged with snatching them, want from these young women? What control did their captor hold over them and how did he prevent them from trying to call for help? What is the true nature of the relationship between these young female prisoners and their predatory captor?


Ohio Slave Girls: Their Story is a co-production with Investigation Discovery (ID), with a version to be broadcast by ID in the US under the title House of Horrors: The Cleveland Kidnappings (w/t.)


Executive Producer for ITN Productions is Guy Davies


Commissioned by Emma Westcott , Commissioning Editor News and Popular Factual Channel 5


About Channel 5:

The channel launched as Britain’s fifth and final terrestrial broadcaster in March 1997. In July 2010, the network was sold to British media powerhouse Northern & Shell and it currently attracts well over 40 million viewers a month. We were the only terrestrial commercial family of channels and only terrestrial commercial channel to have grown year on year in 2012. Channel 5 is the destination for must see entertainment, sport, documentary, children’s, drama, film and news output. Pivotal channel programming includes a diverse mix to attract viewers of all ages, including the Extraordinary People and Revealed strands, The Hotel Inspector, Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wedding Planner, My Secret Past, Big Body Squad, Benidorm ER, Killers Behind Bars, Home & Away, Neighbours, 5 News as well as the award winning children’s strand, Milkshake! Channel 5 is the terrestrial home of all England Cricket summer Internationals. Channel 5’s successful drama franchises include CSI, The Mentalist, Justified, Sons of Anarchy and Once Upon A Time. For more information visit


About Investigation Discovery:

Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television and America’s favourite “guilty pleasure.” From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries that result, ID challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. ID delivers the highest-quality programming to 83.5 million U.S. households with viewer favourites that include On the Case with Paula Zahn; Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda; Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?; Dates From Hell; Stalked: Someone’s Watching; and Redrum. For more information, please visit,, or Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 218 countries and territories.


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