Ariel Castro, the man who was recently convicted of murder, kidnapping, rape and numerous other felony charges related to the captivity of three Cleveland, Ohio area women, keeping them locked in a home for more than 10 years, is dead. Castro was found hanging in his jail cell on the night of September 3 during a routine round by prison guards. After finding Castro hanging, prison officials removed him and attempted to perform life-saving actions, which were not successful. He was transported to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, located in Columbus, where he was pronounced dead, at 10:52 pm, according to 10-TV.
Castro was an inmate at the Correctional Reception Center, operated by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. It is suspected that Castro committed suicide in his cell at the CRC, just a 20 minute drive from Downtown Columbus, Ohio. CRC is where all Ohio prison inmates, who will be transferred to an Ohio prison to serve their time, are initially sent for observation, assessments and orientation into Ohio's prison system.
Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for the decade-long imprisonment and torture of three women. He entered a plea of guilty to 937 charges, to avoid being sentenced to the death penalty, related to the repeated rapes of Gina DeJesus, who was kidnapped in 2004, Amanda Berry, the woman who was finally able to break free and seek help for the three women, who was kidnapped in 2003 and Michelle Knight, kidnapped in 2002. During their captivity, Berry gave birth to a child fathered by Castro and Knight suffered numerous miscarriages, caused by intentional violent acts committed by Castro with the intent to make her miscarry at least five pregnancies.
During a court appearance, as described by CNN Justice, Castro attempted to make himself a victim, stating that the three women were lying on him. He claimed that the women wanted to have sex with him and described the situation as “a happy household.”
When first freed, with the help from Charles Ramsey, a neighbor gave Amanda Berry a cell phone to call police. She told the dispatcher that she had been held captive for 10 years. She said, “And I’m here; I’m free now.”
At his hearing, Knight appeared and stated to Castro in a victim impact statement that “You took 11 years of my life away. I spent 11 years in Hell. Now your hell is just beginning.”