Cleveland's Charles Ramsey becomes an Internet folk hero

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Oliver Canterberry

New Albany, OH

#1 May 9, 2013
http://news.yahoo.com/clevelands-charles-rams...

LOS ANGELES (Reuters)- Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland dishwasher who became an overnight sensation for his street-wise poise under the media spotlight after helping save three women from an alleged decade-long kidnapping ordeal, has won a shout-out from McDonald's and legions of fans on social media.

Ramsey responded to cries from Amanda Berry and helped get her away from a neighbor's house on Monday. He also got on the phone with emergency responders, actions that police say led to the rescue of two other women and a child from the home and could earn Ramsey reward money.

Ramsey, 43, has had brushes with the law in the past.

In 1993, he was convicted of receiving stolen property and received a one-year prison sentence, said Joelle Smith, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Corrections. In 2003, he was convicted of domestic violence, for which he served a nine-month sentence, she said.

A court document from the 2003 case posted on the news website The Smoking Gun said Ramsey was arrested in Cleveland after assaulting his wife and that he had prior domestic violence convictions.

The woman, who is listed on Facebook as Rochelle Paschal and also by the last name Dukes, told The Smoking Gun she was now on an "okay basis" with Ramsey but that the abuse led her to file for divorce from him in 2003 while he was in prison.

Paschal did not respond to a Facebook message seeking comment, and she could not be reached by telephone.

On her Facebook page on Wednesday, Paschal wrote that people "do change and you shouldn't hold the past against someone." "The (main) thing is Charles Ramsey did a good deed and those girls are safe is that not the most important thing?" she wrote.

A voice-mail system for Ramsey was full on Wednesday and he could not be reached for comment. Mitchell Yelsky, who was Ramsey's attorney in the 2003 case, said he remembered him as a "great guy to work for."

"And now he's Cleveland's hero and he's the hero of these three women and the child, so whatever he did in the past he's redeemed for his heroic actions on Monday," Yelsky said. He did not elaborate on details of the case.

Ramsey's interview on Monday evening with local television reporters propelled him into the spotlight and was given the auto-tune treatment - when speech is digitally given a melody - with a backing music track, in a parody video that has been seen over 400,000 times on YouTube.

In the same interview, Ramsey mentioned he was eating a McDonald's burger when he heard Berry's screams, which led the restaurant chain to say in a tweet on Tuesday, "Way to go Charles Ramsey - we'll be in touch."

“Paper Or Plastic?”

Since: Nov 11

Albakoikee

#2 May 9, 2013
This man has done something good, so it stands to reason the media wants to tear him down and dig up all the dirt possible on him. Go figure.
now hey now

Columbus, OH

#3 May 9, 2013
Given the dismal and ever-worsening performance of his co-stain obama, the enemedia will polish any turd jailbird in hopes that the fresh 'gloss' will reflect kindly on obama and hide obama's dirtiness and corrupt incompetence.

And a shout out from McDonald's which has gone 365black? Dag. Now we know what to call that food.

“Paper Or Plastic?”

Since: Nov 11

Albakoikee

#4 May 9, 2013
now hey now wrote:
Given the dismal and ever-worsening performance of his co-stain obama, the enemedia will polish any turd jailbird in hopes that the fresh 'gloss' will reflect kindly on obama and hide obama's dirtiness and corrupt incompetence.
And a shout out from McDonald's which has gone 365black? Dag. Now we know what to call that food.
I'm not by any means calling him a hero. He did what any responsible citizen should have done.

“Where did I put my tiara?”

Since: Dec 11

Columbus, OH

#5 May 9, 2013
rowdy01 wrote:
This man has done something good, so it stands to reason the media wants to tear him down and dig up all the dirt possible on him. Go figure.
I agree Rowdy. He has been a wonderful character as an interviewee; after his initial recount of the events, he did give credit to another person that was also first on the scene. How many of us, with adrenaline pumping, would remember to acknowledge others involved; not to equate the Oscars with this incident, but how many winners have forgotten to mention their spouse? Any one of us, in the public spotlight, would have some s#@t dug up on us that may look disparaging. Reflect on that and would you truly have the courage to intervene before you judge his past.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#6 May 9, 2013
He did what we are supposed to do.

Doxing his records was classless.

This isn't over for him, he will almost certainly be called as a witness in the trial.

Media should leave them alone.
now hey now

Columbus, OH

#7 May 9, 2013
rowdy01 wrote:
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I'm not by any means calling him a hero. He did what any responsible citizen should have done.
Agreed. Funny, no not funny, but some people get acclaim for rising up to the points of common decency that underpin our shared civilization.

Now my larger point is to ridicule anything black because since obama blackness is the greatest thing to happen to Earth despite YT developing it to its current advanced state.

“Paper Or Plastic?”

Since: Nov 11

Albakoikee

#8 May 9, 2013
-The-Artist- wrote:
He did what we are supposed to do.
Doxing his records was classless.
This isn't over for him, he will almost certainly be called as a witness in the trial.
Media should leave them alone.
And the defense (public defenders) will attack his credibilty as a witness because of his record. Mark my words.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#9 May 9, 2013
rowdy01 wrote:
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And the defense (public defenders) will attack his credibilty as a witness because of his record. Mark my words.
Jury ain't gonna buy it. The kidnapper will be going away for life.
Duke for Mayor

Akron, OH

#10 May 9, 2013
rowdy01 wrote:
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And the defense (public defenders) will attack his credibilty as a witness because of his record. Mark my words.
And???

woof
Duke for Mayor

Akron, OH

#11 May 9, 2013
-The-Artist- wrote:
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Jury ain't gonna buy it. The kidnapper will be going away for life.
Of course he will. And Mr. Ramsey's testimony is nearly irrelevant to a determination of guilt.

woof

“Where did I put my tiara?”

Since: Dec 11

Columbus, OH

#12 May 9, 2013
rowdy01 wrote:
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And the defense (public defenders) will attack his credibilty as a witness because of his record. Mark my words.
There won't be a trial. He waived his Miranda rights, as I understand; in an act of "kindness", he won't put those girls through a trial. He knows he's sunk.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#13 May 9, 2013
GlitterSucks wrote:
<quoted text>There won't be a trial. He waived his Miranda rights, as I understand; in an act of "kindness", he won't put those girls through a trial. He knows he's sunk.
Good God, just how stupid can you get?
Big Johnson is pathetic

Homerville, OH

#14 May 9, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
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CLICK!
hbu?
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#15 May 10, 2013
rowdy01 wrote:
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I'm not by any means calling him a hero. He did what any responsible citizen should have done.
John Corey was joking around the other day about his interview with Joel Riley on 610 WTVN. The culture clash between East Cleveland hoodrat and Licking County farm boy was hilarious to listen to. John Corby called it "East Cleveland meets East Licking County".
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#16 May 10, 2013
-The-Artist- wrote:
He did what we are supposed to do.
Doxing his records was classless.
This isn't over for him, he will almost certainly be called as a witness in the trial.
Media should leave them alone.
He was hilarious to listen to especially when he said he knew something was wrong when the white girl ran over to him and hugged him. He said, "For a white girl to run and hug a black guy something has to be wrong."

Their interviews if they're smart will make them hundreds of thousands of dollars. Book deals may take it up to the millions. considering where they came from in life, financially they will probablyhave more money than they ever would have in there wildest dreams.

not saying that 10 years of captivity is worth the money, but people go through a lot worse n end up with a lot less.

not to mention the fact that they're still alive.
Oliver Canterberry

New Albany, OH

#17 May 10, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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He was hilarious to listen to especially when he said he knew something was wrong when the white girl ran over to him and hugged him. He said, "For a white girl to run and hug a black guy something has to be wrong."
Their interviews if they're smart will make them hundreds of thousands of dollars. Book deals may take it up to the millions. considering where they came from in life, financially they will probablyhave more money than they ever would have in there wildest dreams.
not saying that 10 years of captivity is worth the money, but people go through a lot worse n end up with a lot less.
not to mention the fact that they're still alive.
Agree.

Charles Ramsey Dead Give away song
American Pam

Plain City, OH

#18 May 12, 2013
Oliver Canterberry wrote:
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Agree.
Charles Ramsey Dead Give away song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =nZcRU0Op5P4XX
Charles Ramsey is the best thing that has happened to Cleveland in quite a long time. He is a good neighbor who is not afraid to rescue a "damsel in distress."

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