Convicted Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro’s death, initially ruled a suicide, may be overturned to something far more bizarre. A report from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction suggests that Castro’s intent when hanging himself was not one of suicide, but of pleasuring himself via auto-erotic asphyxiation – a self-abuse of the body whereby one achieves sexual satisfaction by choking themselves into near unconsciousness.
The USA Today on Oct. 10 said that Castro was found in his cell in early September “with his pants and underwear pulled down to his ankles,” a detail that was not shared with the public at the time. Investigators further suggest that at least two prison guards conspired to cover up the fact they did not perform timely checks of Castro in his cell.
At 9:20 p.m. ET on Sept. 3, officials checked on the 53-year-old rapist and found he had hung himself. It was originally reported that prison officials were surprised that the Cleveland kidnapper was able to hang himself under such close watch. Castro was in a “protective custody,” and although he was not under suicide watch, prison officials said he was checked up on every 30 minutes.
Video obtained from the prison now shows otherwise. At least eight separate required checks of Castro were not performed, the report said.
Castro left no suicide note, and "multiple levels of assessment" concluded that Castro was not a threat to himself, the report surmised. A comprehensive mental health evaluation and psychiatric analysis also found "no evidence of serious mental illness or indications for suicide precautions."
Castro’s death came just one month into his prison sentence. On Aug. 1, the former Cleveland bus driver pleaded guilty to over 900 counts of kidnapping and abuse, and was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years.
At the time of Castro’s sentencing, 21-year-old Michelle Knight, one of the three kidnapped victims, told a heavily guarded Castro: “Your hell is just beginning.”
It was Castro who was chained and fettered at the sentencing, an appropriate twist to the days when he would mercilessly shackle down Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus with heavy, rusty chains and filthy rags.
Castro muttered a courtroom apology to the judge that was equal parts bewildering and defiant. He blamed his actions on a “sex addiction,” saying he is not the monster everyone has made him out to be, just “sick.”
“I am not a violent person,” Castro said repeatedly. Incredulously, Castro said there was quite a bit of “harmony” within the house where he kept the three women locked up for 10 years.
The self-admitted sex addict’s sickening habits, much like his nauseating treatment of his victims, may have ironically ended his own life.