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(NEW YORK) — Michelle Knight, one of three Cleveland women who survived a decade of imprisonment and torture, was tied by her hands, feet and neck and hung on the wall by her captor, she told Dr. Phil McGraw in an interview airing this week.

In a clip released on Monday, McGraw asked Knight what captor Ariel Castro used to tie her up once he had abducted her.

“One of those orange extension cords,” Knight said.  “I was tied up like a fish, an ornament on the wall.  That’s the only way I can describe it.  I was hanging like this [she motioned]…my feet and I was tied by my neck and my arms with the extension cord.”

Knight will be the first of the three women to publicly tell her story with a two-part appearance on the Dr. Phil show, which will air on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Amanda Berry, 27, and Gina DeJesus, 23, announced a book contract in October, but Knight, 32, declined to be part of the deal.

“Three women were taken, three women were rescued, but only two went home,” McGraw said in a news release, alluding to Knight’s refusal to reunite with her family after the women escaped.

“Knight recalls the day-to-day details of her decade in captivity in a manner that can be described as passionate, moving and poignant,” a news release from the Dr. Phil show said.  “She is the self-proclaimed most hated victim in the house, and according to Knight, suffered the most abuse at the hands of Castro.”

Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping, torture and aggravated murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years by an Ohio Judge on Aug 1.  He was found dead in his jail cell on Sept. 3.

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