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Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Committed Suicide In Prison Cell, Condemned By

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Ariel Castro, who was convicted
of kidnapping, torturing and imprisoning three young women for over a decade in
his Ohio home, committed suicide by hanging in his prison cell. He was
characterized as a degenerate and a coward by the prosecutor from his case.


 

"These degenerate molesters are cowards," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy
McGinty said in a statement. "They con and capture vulnerable children. This man
couldn't take, for even a month, a small portion of what he had dished out for
more than a decade."


 

"Let this be a message to other child kidnappers: There will be a heavy price
to pay when you are caught," he said. "You won't enjoy the captive side of the
bars."


 

See the Evidence from the Ariel Castro Kidnapping
Case


 

Castro, 53, died after being found hanging in his cell at Correctional
Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, Tuesday at 9:20 p.m. local time, Ohio
Department of Corrections spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said.


 

Facility staff tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the prisoner, according to
Smith. Castro was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center and was
pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.


 

Autopsy results showed that the death was a suicide by hanging, Franklin
County coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak told ABCNews.com today.


 

"The autopsy findings and the ligature that I was shown, it's consistent with
a bed sheet," Gorniak said of the manner in which Castro committed suicide.


 

She did not know provide details of how he was found.


 

His room was an 8 by 12 cell with a bed, urinal, sink, shower stall and
writing surface, according to the Ohio Department of Corrections. Inmates are
also allowed to have some personal property if they are not on any type of
disciplinary probation.


 

"Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 p.m.
at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. He was housed in protective
custody which means he was in a cell by himself and rounds are required every 30
minutes at staggered intervals," Smith said in a statement.


 

Castro was not on a suicide watch, which would have required constant
observation.


 

"A thorough review of this incident is underway and more information can be
provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation," the
statement concluded.


 

A public relations company that has represented Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry
and Gina DeJesus said that Castro's former captives will not be commenting on
the matter.


 

DeJesus' brother told ABC News that they are aware of Castro's death and are
all doing okay so far.


 

Castro's attorney Jaye Schlachet told ABC News' Cleveland affiliate WEWS-TV that the defense team
had requested for a forensic psychologist to evaluate Castro when he was in the
county jail and the state's prison reception center.


 

"Local and state authorities denied our requests," Schlachet said in the
statement. "There is an institutional failure beyond Ariel Castro and the
citizens of Ohio are entitled to something better. It's just sad."


 

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said focus should remain on the survivors.


 

"Our focus remains on the well-being of the survivors of Seymour Avenue,"
Jackson said. "It is our sincere hope that they will continue to heal and
recover. I ask the community to continue to respect the privacy of the survivors
so that they can move forward with their lives."


 

Castro was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years by an
Ohio judge Aug. 1. Castro, a former school bus driver, kidnapped Knight, Berry
and DeJesus between 2002 and 2004 and imprisoned them, sometimes restrained by
chains, in his Cleveland home.


 

Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts, including kidnapping, rape, assault and
aggravated murder. The plea deal spared Castro the death penalty because he was
accused of the aggravated murder of a fetus after forcibly causing an abortion
in one of his victims that he is accused of impregnating.


 

Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro: 'I Am Not a
Monster'


 

The women escaped May 6, when Berry broke part of a door and yelled to
neighbors for help. Castro was arrested that evening.


 

The home where Castro held his victims was torn down last month as part of
the plea deal.


 

Castro was also watched closely in the Cuyahoga County Jail in the weeks
after his arrest. He was taken off county jail suicide watch in early June after
authorities determined he was not a suicide risk.


 

At Castro's sentencing hearing last month, he shocked a Cleveland court by
saying he was "not a monster," "lived a normal life" and that the sex he had
with the three women he held captive for more than a decade was
"consensual."


 

Castro's statement came after Knight confronted him for the "hell" she
endured in his house for 11 years.


 

Castro showed no reaction to the remarks by Knight. Instead, he gave a
rambling speech in which he depicted himself as a person who had "everything
going" for himself but was plagued by an addiction to porn.


 

Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro's 'House of Horrors'
Demolished


 

During the hearing, detectives told how he captured the three women and
subjected them to a decade of torture, which one woman wrote in a diary was like
being held as a "prisoner of war."


 

While in captivity, Berry gave birth to her now 6-year-old daughter, who
Castro fathered.

 

For some reason I find it hard to believe that he committed suicide... I'm thinking maybe someone helped him exit...

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one good thing he did as he saved the taxpayers money by hanging himself, I would have liked more if he was senetenced to life and was killed by another inmate or became someone's girlfriend in jail but for what he did too bad there is no shooting squad anymore   :training:

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Well he was sentenced to 1000 years.... so he would have spent the rest of his natural born life behind bars... in some instances, to me, thats an easy sentence... I agree that there should have been a more punishable consequence for his actions.  I know that somehow these women must feel some sort of relief knowing that he is no longer in existence tho...

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