Among the hard truths revealed by the Cleveland kidnapping horror was the awkwardly accidental nature of heroism.
Angel Cordero, 32, the Spanish-speaking unhero of the tale, reportedly did as much as the quotable dishwasher Charles Ramsey, 43, to help the first victim escape. But unlike the Internet-sensation Mr. Ramsey, Mr. Cordero is not seen as a hero, a strange social status that virtue does not guarantee, nor vice preclude.
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A neighbour who helped free three women from nearly a decade in captivity in Ohio has become a star, offering moments of levity in an unspeakably horrible story, free publicity for a restaurant chain and unexpected lessons in race relations.
Charles Ramsey lived next door to where Ariel Castro is alleged to have kept the women in a makeshift prison in a Cleveland neighbourhood. On Monday afternoon, Ramsey happened to…
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