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Going Viral

How Cleveland kidnap hero Charles Ramsey became an internet sensation

He was just eating his McDonald’s and then suddenly he was all over the internet…

CHARLES RAMSEY’S COLOURFUL description of how he helped Amanda Berry and two others escape from their 10 years in captivity has gone viral.

The Internet exploded with virtual praise for Ramsey and his exploits after he was interviewed by several local television stations and described how the rescue came about.

“Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms,” Ramsey told local ABC affiliate WEWS television outside the crime scene, a nondescript two-story house in Cleveland, Ohio.


And barely 24 hours after the dishwasher told TV stations how he was eating his McDonald’s before he suddenly was drawn into the rescuing of the three women, his description has been remixed:

YouTube: schmoyoho

A definitely not-safe-for-work recording of his 911 call to police, who subsequently found two other kidnap victims, has also been posted:

YouTube: AmazingLife247

On Twitter, Ramsey’s name trended all day today alongside the likes of the Dalai Lama, who spoke to US college students, and Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan who was injured on the election trail.

“Way to go Charles Ramsey — we’ll be in touch,” tweeted McDonald’s whose Big Mac he was eating when he heard Berry’s cries for help.

Hodge’s Cleveland, a fashionable gastro diner co-founded by food truck pioneer Chris Hodgson, used its Facebook page to salute its suddenly famous “dish technician.”

“We’re extremely proud of our employee Charles Ramsey for not turning his back on the young women. He’s a true Cleveland hero,” it said, as patrons reacted with pleas that he at least get a raise.

Read: Neighbours ‘saw naked woman crawling’ in backyard of Ohio kidnap house

Read: Questions raised over how Ohio kidnap was hidden for 10 years

Listen: This is the 911 call made by Amanda Berry after 10 years missing

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