"Help me, I am Amanda Berry," she told the dispatcher. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years. And I'm here, I'm free now."
That police call led to the rescue of the two other women.
After 10 years and 15 days of captivity and rape -- more than a third of her 27 years -- Berry never lost her sense of self.
How life returns to three women who spent their youth in captivity -- and for a 6-year-old girl, her entire life -- might take longer than the years that were taken away from them.
Ariel Castro is being held in jail in lieu of $8 million bail on four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. The prosecutor has indicated additional charges are forthcoming.
For now, Knight has yet to speak even to her mother, who has no idea where she is recuperating. A source close to the investigation only says she's in a safe, comfortable place.
Berry, accompanied by her daughter, and DeJesus each received a hero's welcome when authorities drove them to family homes.
The world awaits when the women tell the story in their own words.