Though Charles Ramsey has become an Internet sensation for laudably rescuing three kidnapped women, The Smoking Gun on Wednesday uncovered the Cleveland man had a troubled and sordid past.
The 43-year-old man has been convicted of three separate domestic violence charges for battering his wife Rochelle, who divorced him in 2003 citing “gross neglect of duty” and “extreme cruelty.” The first domestic violence charge came in 1997, followed by another in 1998, and the last in 2003.
His now ex-wife told The Smoking Gun that Ramsey had apologized for his actions, but never paid child support.
Ramsey was also convicted of drug abuse, criminal trespassing, and receiving stolen property in the early-90s.
On Monday, Ramsey saw Amanda Berry struggling to escape from his next door neighbor’s home.
“I heard screaming, I’m eating my McDonald’s,” he explained to reporters. “I come outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of the house. So I go on the porch, I go on the porch, she says, ‘Help me get out, I’ve been in here a long time.’ So, you know, I figured it was a domestic violence dispute. So, I open the door, we can’t get in that way. ‘Cause, how the door is, it’s so much, a body can’t fit through, only your hand. So, we kicked in the bottom. She comes out with a little girl and she says, ‘Call 911, my name is Amanda Berry.'”
Ramsey’s actions rescued Berry, Georgina DeJesus and Michele Knight after more than a decade of being held captive in the home. He told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday that he did not consider himself a hero and wanted to give the FBI’s reward to the kidnapping victims.