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Cleveland kidnappings: inside the mind of a survivor

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File photos of (left to right) Amanda Berry, Michele Knight and Gina DeJesus File photos of (left to right) Amanda Berry, Michele Knight and Gina DeJesus
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The discovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight in a Cleveland neighborhood answered the burning question their families had been enduring for 10 years.  Now dozens of new questions are emerging.

This case is one that mental health professionals will carefully comb through for clues to the criminal mind, as well as the thought processes of survivors.

Tulane Forensic Psychiatrist Sarah DeLand says doctors will look for some family dysfunction that could allow suspect Ariel Castro to allegedly hold the girls captive and to hide it for so long.

DeLand says the thing she finds most unbelievable is that Amanda Berry facilitated her own rescue.  After 10  years of captivity, DeLand says most victims would have been brainwashed into total submissiveness.

"One of the most amazing things is this young woman still fought after all this time because it's such a devastating thing, and they've usually been fed such a stream of brainwashing and lies. For her to be so determined after all this time is truly remarkable," says DeLand.

Berry's mental strength gives DeLand hope that the young woman will have a fast and impressive recovery.

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