No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The Smoking Gun Attacks Kidnap Hero Charles Ramsey

I make my living off the Evening News
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry

Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundry

Kick ’em when they’re up
Kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up
Kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up
Kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up
Kick ’em all around

…Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry. — Don Henley, Dirty Laundry

The moment you become a public figure, the knives come out for you. Death threats come with the territory, people feel entitled to trash you and you’re viewed as just another piece of meat for the media to chew up and spit out. When people choose to do something that puts them in the limelight, then maybe they don’t deserve it, but at least on some level, you can say they asked for it.

Fine.

But, a guy like Charles Ramsey? What did he do? Helped someone who was kidnapped? Made a 911 call? Responded to questions that the media asked him about what he did? Granted, he did it with a lot of charisma (Warning: Lots of REALLY BAD LANGUAGE).

Some of the back and forth lines with the 911 operator were CLASSIC.

Dispatcher: Okay I thought that was your address, that house.

Ramsey: No No, I’m smarter than that bro, I’m telling you where the crime was, not my house.

…Dispatcher: Are the people she said that did this do you know if they are still in the house?

Ramsey: I don’t have a f***ing clue, bro, I just got out of McDonald’s.

Dispatcher: Can you ask her if she needs an ambulance.

Ramsey: You need an ambulance, or what? She needs everything, she’s in a panic bro, she’s been kidnapped so you know put yourself in her shoes.

Some of his lines from the interviews with the media were fantastic, too.

Mr Ramsey joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday to re-tell the events of Monday afternoon that led to the freedom of Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus – as well as Berry’s six-year-old daughter.

In a lengthy and animated interview with Cooper, Ramsey relived the moment he heard Amanda screaming from his neighbor’s home, the dramatic moment he kicked the door in to rescue her and the 911 call he made to the ‘moron’ dispatcher, all while holding his half-eaten Big Mac.

When Cooper asked him what neighbor Ariel Castro was like, he said: “He was cool, he wasn’t no freak of nature, he was like me and you. He talked about the same things me and you do bro.”

He revealed that he actually spoke to Castro earlier that day because a postal worker had put his mail into Ramsey’s mailbox. He said that Ramsey drove off and he went to McDonald’s on his bicycle.

Ramsey, who is a dishwasher, brushed off his hero status, telling Cooper that he just had to “do the right thing,” adding: “Bro, I’m a Christian, an American, and just like you. We bleed the same blood, put our pants on the same way.”

…He also revealed he is traumatized and has had trouble sleeping after learning what was taking place right next door to him.

“Up until yesterday, the only thing that kept me from losing sleep was lack of money. You know what I’m saying? But now that that’s going on and I think I could have done this last year…”

He also says that any reward money should not be given to him, but to the three women who had lost so many years of their lives being held captive.

“I tell you what you do, give it to them… you know I got a job anyway” before pulling out his paycheck that he just picked up and showing it to Anderson.

Was Ramsey a hero or just some guy who happened to be on the scene? Does it really matter? He did something good for another human being, he has a great attitude and he’s entertaining. It’s nice to see a guy like that getting his moment in the sun.

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