Then Castro allegedly returned to DeJesus without his daughter and offered her a ride to his house to meet up with his daughter, the police report said.
When DeJesus disappeared in 2004, even the FBI joined the search: That's because a total of two girls had disappeared from Lorain Avenue in Cleveland. In reality, there were three persons missing. Knight was the first, but the Cleveland police had removed Knight from the FBI missing person database in late 2003. That was 15 months after she was reported missing.
Police kept the Knight case open, but 2004 news accounts in the Plain Dealer didn't include Knight in how the community was searching for only two girls who disappeared on the Lorain abduction corridor.
With two girls and one woman in his house, Castro allegedly made the captives obedient by testing them: he pretended to leave the house and then surprised them. He disciplined them if they sought to escape, a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
The three women feared their captor. They surrendered for years.
Personal life crumbles for alleged abductor
By late summer 2005, Castro's common-law marriage was in trouble.
At that time, court records showed the couple had separate addresses, and Castro's was his house. Records don't detail the history of the couple's living arrangements.
His common-law wife, Grimilda Figueroa, once lived in Castro's house in the Latino neighborhood on Seymour Street on Cleveland's west side, but it's unclear exactly when.
For all the time that Castro lived in his house, family wasn't allowed to venture too deep inside.
Another of his daughters by Figueroa, Angie Gregg, noticed how her father "would take forever" to answer the front door. Then he gave her a hand signal to wait and told her to use the back door.
Once inside, she and her husband enjoyed dinner with her father. Ariel Castro played songs too loud, but she overlooked the noise because her father was a musician who played the bass in a salsa and merengue band.
But sometimes he disappeared from dinner. He gave no explanation for his absence.
Once she asked to go upstairs to see her childhood bedroom, and he charmed her away: "Oh, honey, there's so much junk up there. You don't want to go up there," she recounted.
She didn't think twice and dismissed it as his just "being a pack rat." No one knew that three women were allegedly being held captive there.
It amounted to slavery
They were first chained in the basement and later allowed to live upstairs on the second floor, the initial incident report said. Though in separate rooms, they interacted sometimes and relied on each other for survival, said a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation.
How this could happen was captured in a remark by Daniel Marti, a friend to Ariel Castro since junior high school who lived near him for 22 years: "To us, it was like nothing was happening. But yet it was happening, right in front of our face and we didn't even know."
Castro never allowed even his own blood to take a hard look inside his house -- including Figueroa's father, Ishmael. The father said that when his daughter and Castro broke up, she moved back in with her parents and never wanted to talk about Castro. It was too upsetting.
Castro was apparently the father of at least two of Grimilda Figueroa's three children, 2005 court records show. Those two children, both girls, have the Castro surname, and Figueroa's other child, a son, has a different surname, records show.
In August 2005, Castro was accused of beating Figueroa. He broke her nose twice and her ribs, knocked out a tooth, dislocated each of her shoulders on separate occasions, caused a blood clot on her brain and threatened to kill her, records show.
He was also accused of frequently abducting his own daughters, court records show. The mother had full custody of the children with no visitation for the father, the mother charged in her petition filed in Domestic Relations Court.
A judge granted a protection order for Figueroa, who also asked the court to place Castro in substance abuse treatment. But the court lifted the order three months later and dismissed the case after several court absences by Castro and then one by Figueroa's attorney.
Much happens in life during 10 years.
In 2006, distraught and brokenhearted, Berry's mother died at 44, the Plain Dealer reported. Since her daughter disappeared, Louwana Miller held vigils, walks and interviews with media to publicize the missing person case. She even appeared on Montel Williams' talk show in November 2004, and a psychic told her that her daughter was likely dead -- which shook the mother.
Miller died with personal conflict.
"I still don't want to believe it," Louwana Miller told the newspaper after the show. "I want to have hope but ... what else is there?"
About this time, her daughter became pregnant by Castro and delivered a baby in a baby plastic pool "so the mess was easier to clean-up," the police report said.
Knight delivered the baby, and Castro allegedly told Knight if the baby stopped breathing, he'd kill her, the report said. In fact, Knight breathed into the baby's mouth when the infant stopped taking in air at one point, the report said.
"What's most incredible here is that this girl who knows nothing about childbirth was able to deliver a baby that is now a healthy 6-year-old," a police source familiar with the investigation told CNN.
Authorities haven't released the birthday of the child -- a daughter -- but they have said she's now 6. That means she would have been born in 2007 or 2006 -- depending on her birthday -- about the time her grandmother died without ever having seen her.
More personal woes for alleged abductor
By 2009, Castro was again in trouble at work.
He was accused of making a U-turn in front of an elementary school with students aboard.
"This action was not only dangerous to the students and other motorists, it was totally unnecessary," the Cleveland school system's interim transportation director, Ann Carlson, said in an internal letter.
He was suspended 60 days, later reduced to 55.
In 2011, Castro was suspended for using his school bus to do his grocery shopping.
By October 2012, Carlson, now the transportation director, had enough: This time, she was recommending the school system fire Castro for leaving his bus at a school and going home, two blocks away.
Castro didn't notify the bus depot or dispatch that he was leaving the bus unattended, school documents said.