The man credited with helping save three women from accused kidnapper Ariel Castro says the ensuing fame has ruined his life, even though he is set to earn $50,000 and has bought himself a BMW.
“I don’t have an address, I don’t live anywhere. I go from house to house, to friend to friend, to family member to family member,” Charles Ramsey said in an interview with the Daily Mail. “What I’ve been doing for the past four weeks is wearing out my welcome with everybody who knows me.”
Ramsey, 45, who worked as a dishwasher at the time the kidnapping story broke, says the real problem is that he can’t land a full-time job or housing because people are wary of the attention his presence would attract.
“Just give me a job,” he said.
Since the story broke in May, Ramsey said he’s used the money he has received to pay off debts and to buy a used BMW for $8,000. He’s received about$15,000 in speaking fees and several thousand dollars in corporate speaking engagement fees. He also launched a personal website, where he sells T-shirts bearing his image for $25, and digital downloads of the song “Dead Giveaway,” which uses clips from his 911 call and became a viral sensation.