The man who helped three missing Cleveland women escape from captivity quickly became a national hero, but now says that he is unemployed, broke, and homeless.
In early May, 45-year-old Cleveland resident Charles Ramsey
quickly became a national hero after helping rescue three women
who were held captive against their will for a decade.
Video interviews with Ramsey went viral on the Internet, and his
name quickly became a trending topic on Twitter. As a result of
his heroic act and his newfound fame, Ramsey made about $50,000
from corporate speaking engagements and private donations, he
told the Daily Mail in an exclusive interview.
Even though Ramsey worked as a restaurant dishwasher and made
little money, he previously told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he
would not accept any rewards offered by the FBI.
Although Ramsey accepted roughly $50,000, he now claims he is
homeless and broke, and that his life has been destroyed by his
newfound fame. Ramsey told the Daily Mail that he was fired from
his restaurant job because too many customers tracked him down to
shake his hand. He claims that he can’t keep a job because the
attention distracts from the work. And he contends that he is
homeless because no landlord wants to go through the hassle of
taking in a tenant surrounded by so much media attention. He says
he has been sleeping on couches for weeks.
“I’m broke, bro, and that’s the truth,” Ramsey told the
British tabloid, explaining that his life has been a
“rollercoaster that just hasn’t stopped yet.”
He also told the Mail that those who believe he has a lot of
money have “very, very small brains”.
But just a few weeks ago, Ramsey spent $8,000 on a BMW, boasted
about his earnings and even started a business selling $25
T-shirts with his face printed on them. Ramsey’s neighbors argued
that he exaggerated his role in the rescue to gain the fame that
he now claims not to want.
When asked what he did with the $50,000 he received from speaking
engagements and private donors, Ramsey said he had a lot of
expenses, and that “money goes fast if you have bills.” He
says a car is a small and necessary expense.
But Ramsey’s arguments starkly contradict those made by neighbors
and other Cleveland residents who know him. Aurora Marti, a
75-year-old neighbor who lives across the street from kidnapper
Ariel Castro’s house, said Ramsey has been wasting the money he
“Charles has been living it up, he’s been drinking and
smoking,” she said. “He bought a new BMW and came by a few
weeks ago at night telling my son that he was going to be rich.
He made a T-shirt with his face on it that he was selling for
$25. I told my neighbor to buy one so I could burn it… He’s been
to Washington, New York, Florida. He’s been everywhere. He’s just
been telling lies. He wants the money.”
It remains unclear to what extent Ramsey’s statements are
true, but both neighborhood residents and Ramsey himself admit
that the Cleveland man has already spent a large portion of his
Republished with permission from: RT