Ariel Castro, while serving a life sentence for the abduction, repeated torture and sexual abuse of three women in Ohio over a decade, apparently committed suicide in prison by hanging himself with a bed sheet. Castro's death remains under investigation. However, state officials believe he committed suicide Tuesday night, by hanging himself using a bed sheet in his cell, according to The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Castro, 53, plead guilty to his horrific crimes and received a sentence of life plus 1,000 years in prison per a plea bargain on Aug 1. The tragedy that unfolded in Cleveland mesmerized and horrified the nation.
Castro, a former bus driver, avoided the death penalty with his plea agreement. He was found hanging in his cell in the Orient penitentiary on Tuesday night, according to a statement sent to JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the corrections system.
The three women he was convicted of abusing were bound with chains, repeatedly raped, and deprived of food. They weren't even able to use bathroom facilities, according to court documents.
Prison medical staff were said they administered CPR. Castro was then taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour after he was discovered.
Castro's attorney Craig Weintraub admitted that most people will say "good riddance" to his client, but said his family does want an investigation into his death.