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It wasn’t even three months ago that Charles Ramsey was the toast of Ohio for inadvertantly rescuing three kidnapped women.

Today he’s homeless and broke.

Ramsey said that he’s been forced out of his area by neighbors who think he exaggerated his role in the rescue, leaving him with no place to live, made worse by his struggle pockets. “I’m broke bro,” he said.”That’s the truth.”

The UK Daily Mail reports:

In his first interview since the days after the women escaped Castro’s dungeon, Charles Ramsey told MailOnline: ‘I’m broke bro, and that’s the truth’ and said that he is homeless because no landlord wants the hassle of taking him in.

He claims he can’t hold down a job because of the attention he receives. He said when he worked in a kitchen so many customers would barge in to shake his hand that he was fired.

It hasn’t all been bad thought. The Mail found out that Ramsey is taken care of:

Sources tell MailOnline, however, that Ramsey’s income in the two months since the girls escaped is around $30,000, including fees from lucrative corporate speaking engagements and $15,000 donated by well-wishers. He has been booked in for another four speaking slots and can expect his earnings to reach $50,000.

He has bought an $8,000 BMW, bragged about being rich and started a business selling T-shirts with his face on them for $25 each.

But Ramsey’s former neighbors claim he exaggerated his role in the rescue of the girls.

Ramsey, 45, became an overnight celebrity in May when he claimed to have helped save Amanda Berry by prying open the door to the home in Cleveland, Ohio where she was being held when she banged on it for help.

When police arrived they discovered Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight inside as well.

Ramsey’s expletive-ridden 911 call and his colorful account of setting aside his McDonald’s meal to help went viral, while a CNN interview he gave was turned into a song by the Gregory Brothers called ‘Dead Giveaway.’


Landlords won’t take him out of fear of the attention that comes along with the residency, and the same can be said for employers. “I don’t have an address, I don’t live anywhere,” said the 43-year-old. “I go from house to house, to friend to friend, to family member to family member,’ he said. ‘What I’ve been doing for the past four weeks is wearing out my welcome with everybody who knows me. ”

Notoriety turned into a curse for Ramsey especially in the face of people looking to cash in on his Internet fame. From the fake Facebook page ( which had more than 10,000 followers before his lawyer stepped in) to the  company that made a video game where a character throws Big Mac’s at kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro— the unassuming hero has seen it all. Despite legal efforts, the 43-year-old wasn’t able to stop the video game from being sold, but was offered  an endless supply of hamburgers in exchange for his likeness.

Photo: UK Daily Mail