Arial Castro is dead. He was found Tuesday evening at about 9:20 pm, having committed suicide by hanging himself with his bed sheets. Prison medical staff tried using life saving techniques until paramedics arrived. He was transported to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.
Castro had been transferred to the Correctional Reception Center, just outside the Ohio state capital of Columbus. The move took place on August 5, five days after being sentenced to life in prison plus 1000 years for his guilty plea in the kidnapping, rape and beatings of three young women from his own community.
Isolated from the other inmates, the Correctional Reception Center had Castro in protective custody, where the guards would check on him every 30 minutes. He was to remain at the facility while undergoing a physical and mental evaluation before being transferred to the permanent place where Castro would spend the rest of his life.
It seems like Castro, the former school bus driver, who pleaded guilty to 937 counts of kidnapping, rape, beatings and much more torture, may have in some small way, finally faced some truth. Possibly the knowledge that Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry are survivors and these three women that are stronger than he could have ever hoped to be.
Castro may have thought his suicide was his final act to show he was still in control; that if he was going to die in prison, it would be on his own terms. Instead he showed that he was a weak, cowardly little man who would have never survived the decade of horror he put these brave survivors through.