Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Dead

Convicted 52-year-old found hanging in his cell; a review of the incident is under way

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Notorious kidnapper Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, on Tuesday.

He had been sentenced to life plus 1,000 years for keeping Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus locked up inside his basement in Cleveland for over a decade while sexually assaulting them.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said Castro’s death wouldn’t change the city’s commitment to helping the victims recover, and that residents should continue to respect the women’s privacy. “It is our sincere hope that they will continue to heal and recover,” he said in a statement.

Castro was only a little more than a month into his sentence. While not on suicide watch, he was being held in protective custody, and checked on every 30 minutes as they made their rounds. Upon finding Castro hanging, medical staff at the prison attempted to save his life, but an hour and a half later, he was pronounced dead at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Preliminary autopsy results Wednesday morning confirmed that he hanged himself.

In a statement by the Ohio Department of Corrections, communications chief JoEllen Smith said that a review of Castro’s death was ”underway and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation.”

[19 Action News]

35 comments
Angela108
Angela108

Of course there has to be an investigation of how he was able to commit suicide-that is the bureaucratic system. But in reality, he made his own choices-the choice to watch pornography, the choice to kidnap, enslave and abuse women and finally the choice to end his own life. The statement from the lawyer that the prison system should have protected him is BS. Everyone has the right to kill themselves if they so desire. They were checking him every 30 minutes, so there was quite a bit of protection for him-I'd say he was pretty determined to do it to find that 30 minute slot. While there may be an investigation about how this was allowed to happen,  because that's how things are "supposed" to be done, I doubt anyone really cares apart from his mother. It's natural that the girls have mixed feelings. But overall while I don't think its a cause of celebration, I do think it is a big relief for most people, knowing that such a man who couldn't publicly own up to his guilt, is no longer on this earth with the possibility of ever re-offending. 

AnthonyMcMillan
AnthonyMcMillan

Well, he did save the U.S. Taxpayers a lot of money.

CarolineRedbrook
CarolineRedbrook

Pedophiles and child molesters like Ariel Castro, Sylvain Kustyan, Jerry Sandusky steal the childhoods of their victims and condemn them to a lifetime fraught with horrible flashbacks, PTSD, and often physical damage as well as psychological and emotional trauma.  Accused pedophiles/ child molesters like Castro, Sylvain Kustyan, Jerry Sandusky, etc. must be apprehended before they have decades to prey upon our children. Sandusky and Castro are now out of the picture.  But unfortunately, Sylvain Kustyan, who has been formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy of a ten-year-old little boy, fled to avoid imminent arrest. Kustyan, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Hermin/ Mazingarbe, France, is now a fugitive from the law and thought to have returned to his native France, a country which has a no-extradition policy. Victims of Child Sexual Abuse often suffer lifelong physical problems as well as the psychological and emotional trauma from their horrifying experiences. Male victims have 3x's the heart attack risk and 10x's the suicide rate. Since the average pedophile has 300 different victims in their lifetime and since the recidivism rate among pedophiles is virtually 100% they must be stopped ASAP!

wdfc
wdfc

Less money out of taxpayer's pockets.

wdfc
wdfc

Glad he is dead.

idrivehonda206
idrivehonda206

What a coward. Those girls he raped and tortured lasted 10 years.. he kills himself after a month in jail.

PhillyCannabis
PhillyCannabis

If I was facing 1000 years in prison I would hang myself too. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

well i doubt there will be any tears, his own family hated him. He did what was expected of a coward who could not stand being locked up, like he locked up those young girls. to bad he did not get the chance to meet a guy named Buba in a private cell for awhile that would been a little more justice.  death was to good for that sick son of a bitch.

BSF1
BSF1

Good! saves the taxpayers the cost of paying for his miserable existence!

MelanieLynn
MelanieLynn

This is so disturbing!! This POS should have rotted in jail! He took the easy way out and I BLAME whoever was not keeping him on suicide watch!! Stupid Stupid Stupid!!!

Ereks
Ereks

At his sentencing Castro declared that he was a sick man; that an addiction to pornography had twisted his mind. 

 According to an article by Paul Mason on BBC's website titled,  "Online porn boom: Liberating minds or damaging brains?", Paula Hall a psychologist who treats people for sex and porn addiction said, "She has seen demand for therapy take off. "Some of the clients I've worked with who are addicted to porn have experienced really significant consequences as a result. Fifty per cent have lost a relationship because of it, 20% have suffered from mental health issues, 25% have sexual dysfunctions but critically about 20% have experienced a serious desire to want to commit suicide." - Source BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23700395  .  

David Cameron has called for greater regulation of online pornography. I think it will be better to return to the era of prohibition so that those who want to destroy themselves go and seek for providers underground. Why should a whole generation of youth be debased?

john_rambo
john_rambo

He probably did not like the fact that he was incarcerated.

Piacevole
Piacevole

This is a good outcome.  If he'd gotten a death penalty, there would have been years of expensive appeals, costing the taxpayers of Ohio a lot of money.  This way, there is an effective death penalty, and no additional expense.  I hope his good example is taken to heart by others of his ilk.e facto can be better than de jure.

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

this is BS. i wanted years of him getting raped and beaten by his fellow inmates

traderjim7
traderjim7

Sad to think that they actually spent a few more taxpayer dollars on medical care trying to revive him.  Now there will be an investigation about how he could have been allowed to die.

Apostate
Apostate

The only good thing he did in his life, frankly.

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

I say good Riddance. A complete smuck. But until we can enface law in prison, we have no hope of rehabilitation. We look the other way because they are criminals. We say they deserve it. But the law needs to apply to everyone. Even those you don't deserve it. 

Soapy! If that is you... Way hot!

krw1943
krw1943

A dark example of what man can do. There is so much pathos in this matter that it can't be adequately explained. Horrid from start to finish.

IceToes
IceToes

Coward, or he had some help. Depends on if it was protective solitary or protective custody as in a group or population. Karma, justice, whatever you call it, I like to think the universe evens things out. He gets his.

Apostate
Apostate

@Ereks Plenty of people watch porn throughout their whole lives and are quite sane, quite virtuous.

Castro was a very evil, very cowardly man whose malice took a particular form.

By the way , the more a culture makes sex a matter of shame and taboo the more monsters they are likely to create.

rnblove1
rnblove1

@DMillsAtl I wanted him held unwillingly and tortured for years and then........


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