Charles Edward Ramsey is an American athlete and college basketball coach. He is the former head men's basketball coach at Eastern Michigan University.
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My new book "Dead Giveaway" is available here autographed or at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com. Follow me at Facebook.com/charlesramseyworld or on Twitter: @charlesramsey45.
You probably saw the viral YouTube music video made of my TV news interviews.
EDIT: THANKS EVERYONE!
I work at the Texas Roadhouse you ate at on Thursday or Friday, I gave you double the amount of all the appetizers you ordered.
You rule. Edit: thanks for the gold on my first comment ever
Thank you. Appreciate that. See you soon.
Just wanted to say thanks for doing the right thing. The world needs more people like you
Thank you. Appreciate it.
Ever since they remixed your interview and created the "dead giveaway" song, have you ever thought about meeting up with the "hide ya kids, hide ya wife" guy Antoine Dodson to create an epic collaboration together?
Oh yeah, I like that. And we could do, 'Aint nobody got time for that" woman.
Hey man!!! Huge fan,
1. How often do you keep in touch with the girls?
2. How are they adapting to life now ( like technology and stuff )
3. How are the free hamburgers???
4. Do you still do any interviews?
What's the best advice ever given to you?
On December 31, around 11:25 I had a conversation with Drew Carey. I was doing the ball thing in public square, I say Drew how do you handle people who know you wherever you go. How do you deal with all that he says this is what you do. Remember that show Cheers? Sing that jungle in your head and when it starts making sense to you, it won't bother you anymore. The world is your neighborhood now. You're in their heart, you're in their brains.
Was there any indication that Ariel Castro was a monster?
no. i didn't go to church with him. He was my neighbor. the closest a neighbor could get coming from dif ethnic backgrounds. We weren't playing spades, he wasn't throwing tupperware parties. He kept everything he could do to keep you from asking abotu what he did in that house.
If you could have done something different that day you saved the girls what would it have been or how would you have done things differently?
I wouldn't have called the police if I had known what was going on. That's what I would have done. I would have helped Amanda. I would have got my comrades, freed Gina and Michelle, go back in the house. And when Mr. Castro came home, we would turn it on him. I would have got him pregnant five times and beat the babies out of him. I would have put a motorcycle on his forehead. I would have bought a one-way ticket to Puerto Rico and dropped him off and told them, here he is. Do what we want.
What are your thoughts on the Browns drafting Johnny Manziel?
Now we can go to the Superbowl!
Is it true that your local fame caused you to lose your job because people kept interrupting you at work? If so, has that caused you a lot of financial trouble?
Not financial trouble. It caused chaos in the restaurant. If there is paparazi hounding the restaurant and they don't want to eat, that gets overwhelming. How could anyone put up with that? You hire me as a dishwasher fine. Now the word gets out. Now we don't want to come in your restaurant. We just want him. No, he does his own thing. No we just want to talk to him. Next thing you know, I don't come into work, because they're flying me into New York. You know?
Thanks for the AMA! How has your life changed since you found those women (and the daughter), and what's stayed basically the same?
What have been some other "dead giveaways" in your life?
How well did you know Castro as a neighbour?
Life has changed because I thought I was a good judge of character. I'm 44. You figure there is no way in the hell you could not see something demonic seven inches away from where you lay your head.
What's stayed the same? My sanity.
Hi Charles. What is the weirdest thing that has happened to you since you helped the girls 1 year ago?
Ariel Castro met his demise before a celebrity fight could be arranged between him and me. That he took his own life before I could take it.
What do you hope to accomplish by making Reek impersonate Theon Greyjoy?
I don't understand Peter Dinklage's logic. That whore he said was his wife's maid. Then the dude comes to him and says my father is going to let your ass go. Just keep your mouth shut. Your damn right I watch it.
No, I don't know Greyjoy.
Describe the perfect "Charles Ramsey" burger
And thanks for being a hero who keeps on being heroic after the fact
Thank you. 100% Angus. Thousand Island dressing. Applewood spoked bacon. Pepperjack cheese.
Hey so whats next for you?
I am pushing a campaign that consists of demolishing abandoned houses and buildings in my city. Hopefully if this picks up other cities will do the same. If we get rid of rest havens for pedofiles, we even the game. Right now, you could kidnap some kids in Cleveland and put them anywhere. I thought Castro's house was abandoned. He didn't have no air conditioning. If you put me back in africa, I'd be on the first plane back. They told me I was a nosy neighbor for asking about the air conditioning.
They build you up to break you down. If you let it bother you you will be consumed by it. I got together with a book author and collected some memoirs and low and behold look what happened, I got back up again.
Have you noticed any changes in regards to people's attitudes in your neighborhood, or Cleveland as a whole in the past year? Do you think the community has come together since the tragedy?
Yes. Everybody in my city is smiling as if they hit the lottery. As if their stimulus check finally came in the goddamn mail.
Does it ever get old walking around town or going out to run errands and having people come up to you and congratulate you? I can't imagine it ever would haha
No. Because I take it upon myself to be the one running the errand. I'm outside on purpose.
One thing I like about you is that you tell it like it is, has anyone tried to filter what you say or try to give you advice trying to make you into someone you aren't, etc. If so, how did you deal with it and respond?
My mother. I told her good luck with that lady. I've been telling her that for 45 fucking years. SHe's always been monitoring my mouth. She says, I have a potty mouth.
Has your view of the world changed? Are you more paranoid or disillusioned? Thanks for doing the AMA and for helping those women.
As hell. Yes. Because Ariel, like any other psychotic fuck, he has fans too. Who's to say there's not another one brewing out there. Remember, in a pedofiles world, Ariel Castro is Pablo Escobar. He's a pedofile, he's gotta be the king of all pedofiles like my man from Pennsylvania, Sandusky.
Who would you like to play you in the movie adaptation? Denzel or Sam L?
Me. I want to play me.
At what point during the whole ordeal, did you realize quite how big this was?
P.S. You're awesome.
Once it was a good idea to throw my phone in the Hudson River, that's when I knew. The calls were so overwhelming and they were coming in from the same places I think have those girls in Nigeria. I don't know where those numbers were coming from. Mars was trying to thank me.
You are amazing. You've earned a special place in the hearts of the girls and their families. Never forget that.
Now for my questions:
What were some of the early signs that you wish you took notice?
And do you forgive Ariel Castro for what he did to those women?
EDIT: Questions taken out because they were answered previously.
No. I'm not Michelle. I don't forgive him.
I wish I had noticed anything. A hand waving in a window. Ariel Castro was a diobolical monster. He ran his house like a fortress. This man, in his head, had the system beat. The only thing to do then was to kill them because the trophies were getting old and rebelious... You know what I thought. What if he has another house with three more girls in the basement? I'm just speculating.
Did you attend the court proceedings?
No, I wasn't allowed. I was a witness. Told to stay out by the FBI. You got to swear to us you won't bring a weapon in here. I couldn't swear to that. I'm not going through metal detectors. If I get in here with a weapon, his ass is dead on national TV. That bastard got over on me. I should have killed him a long time ago.
How do you feel about the fact that Castro killed himself?
It's like I did the job half-assed.
Has the fame from the event been positive in your life, or has it been strange getting attention from something so negative? Not negative for you of course...
Fame is positive. My fame is because I didn't get a record deal. I didn't sign an NBA contract. My fame is different. People come up to me for one reason: you helped those girls get out of dire straights.
Are you now super suspicious of people? Everyone's hiding something man, you kinda just found the guy with a big secret.
I've always thought that. I don't have the power of telepathy, you don't know what's on a persons mind. I met a woman who said there were no heros in her family because she was being raped when she was four. Imagine how many other women grew up like that and then tried to block it out of their heads.
Do you have any plans on visiting Las Vegas?
Yes I do. I would like to do a book signing. And I want to take an entourage with me.
How did all the publicity that you received affect you?
It hasn't. The reason why it doesn't affect me is I don't let it affect me. Stay humble.
Thank you from a former Clevelander!
Do you still stay in touch with the kidnapped women?
You didn't get flooded in last night's storms did you?
Yeah, we got pounded. We get on with the good ol weatherman but it was a TSUNAMI!