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Ramsey proves spotting a hero is not always a ‘dead giveaway’

Rhonda Crowder | 5/1/2014, 9:03 a.m.
Charles Ramsey Photo by James W. Wade III

Up until May 6, of last year, few people knew of Charles Ramsey – a guy who peeled a hundred pounds of onions and washed dishes at Hodges Restaurant. But, on that fateful day, he just so happened to be at the right place at the right time to help free three women missing for a decade from captivity. Soon after, the tides turned and the entire world came to know his name.

Immediately, they dubbed him a hero.

One year later, he’s ready to capitalize on his overnight celebrity status with a book titled, “Dead Giveaway.” In all honesty, he probably should have left his story untold since only a quarter of the book talks about the now infamous rescue with the media frenzy to follow. The rest… just a soapbox where he airs his family’s dirty laundry.

According to the book, throughout his privileged, suburban life, he prided himself on acting like a donkey. For that, his father considered him a disgrace to the family name. In all actuality, he should’ve pursued a career as a comedian since, despite receiving his G.E.D. at 15 years old; he never applied himself when it came to college. As an alternative, he chose to jack off $30,000 of his father’s money instead of going to class.

During an exclusive interview with the Call and Post, when asked the purpose of the book, Ramsey said, “Two things. To make me mega rich and to give half of that to my daughter so she’ll be mega rich. And then, when book two comes out… to be mega rich again.”

His daughter is about 16 years old, he said.

When asked, what in the world book two will be about, he continued, “Book two will be about how I spent the money I made from book one.” And, with all the money he anticipates earning from these books, he’s trying to figure out which planet to buy. He predicts “The Illuminati” will blow up Earth and he doesn’t want to be stuck here when that happens.

“You only got one life and one shot at life. So I live mine full throttle with no airbags,” he said.

Ramsey, who refers to his father as a bastard and his mother a female dog (to put it mildly), said he’s hard on his parents in the book because they were hard on him. However, the more one reads, the more one realizes that Ramsey – a stunt man, loved to pull practical jokes and make up stories. On page 70 of “Dead Giveaway,” when discussing a lie he told his mother as a teen, Ramsey says, “I just made all that up, like I did whenever the situation made it convenient.” This of course raised the question as to if Ramsey or fellow neighbor Angel Cordero actually kicked in the front door in response to Amanda Berry’s call for help. Almost perturbed by the question, Ramsey answered in a manner that implied an insult to intelligence for asking the question and stated that the FBI all but did their job on making sure they had the right rescuer.

But, all in all, he wants people who read the book to know they can relate to him, a man who will help someone in dire straits. It is worth noting that a fair amount of the money his father sent him while in college went to young girls who needed assistance paying for tuition and books.

“That’s the whole purpose of this book, to show that a regular dude can accomplish something without graduating from college. I’m not a superhero,” he said.

“I’m not a hero at all because I’m not a cop. I’m not a nurse. I’m not any of those things. Those are the heroes because they do it on a day-to-day basis to make sure somebody else’s life is maintained better than it was the day before. I don’t do none of that. I haven’t found nobody else. I’m not looking for nobody else. This is not going to be a reoccurring thing.”