The 53-year-old was in isolation but not under suicide watch. Castro was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. at the Correction Reception Center in Orient. CPR was performed by prison medical staff before being transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.
The kidnapper who had held three women captive for a decade was sentenced on Aug. 1. He had just begun to serve his life sentence plus 1,000 years on his guilty plea to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape.
Dan Abrams, legal correspondent for ABC said a lot of questions will have to be answered about Castro's hanging. He explained that Castro was being kept in protective custody due to his high profile case and was subject to checks every 30 minutes. This protected him from other inmates; however, he was not on suicide watch which would have protected him from himself and would have been under constant surveillance.
The three kidnapped women have been notified of the suicide of their kidnapper.
No doubt, much more will be revealed about Castro suicide in the days to come.