Ariel Castro was haunted in life by paranoia while in prison, and Ariel Castro continues to be haunted even after his death. Ariel Castro was found dead in his cell with a Bible open to John Chapters 2 and 3, reports the DRC. “He had pictures of his family out and arranged in a poster-board fashion. He was hanging from a hinge in the window of his cell by a sheet wrapped around his neck. His pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles.The relevance of this finding is unclear. These facts, however, were relayed to the Ohio State Highway Patrol for consideration of the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation." According to an Oct. 11, 2013, CNN report, “Franklin Country coroner Paula Gorniak's statement Thursday night disputed a report from Ohio corrections officials that the man who kidnapped, held captive and raped three girls for nearly 10 years, died of auto-erotic asphyxiation in his jail cell.”
“Auto-erotic asphyxiation involves depriving the brain of oxygen by controlled strangulation to intensify a sexual experience.”
However, Franklin Country coroner Paula Gorniak says that “there were no signs that he was sexually stimulated. I did the autopsy myself. I saw the ligature. I saw the pictures of the cell. It was a suicide."
In regard to how Ariel Castro died, Franklin Country coroner Paula Gorniak said that no one involved in the Ohio corrections report consulted her and that she was not happy about any reports that indicate that Ariel Castro died of auto-erotic asphyxiation.
"They were outside of their lane...I don't think anyone else should have an opinion on what the cause of death was," said Franklin Country coroner Paula Gorniak.
Understandably, when news about Ariel Castro’s death reported that he died “accidentally” while pleasuring himself sexually, it fit Ariel Castro’s profile of sexual needs dominating his life and the life of everyone around him; including his kidnapping victims Michelle Knight, Georgina DeJesus and Amanda Berry who he held captive in his home for about 10 years.
According to a new report titled “Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Operation Support Center After-Action Review Report Ariel Castro (A643-371) Self-Inflicted Death Corrections Reception Center: September 3, 2013” released by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), Ariel Castro was haunted by fears of someone having tampered with his food, of receiving verbal harassment, and of being shunned by human contact.
The report about how Ariel Castro lived and died describes that prison guards did not properly conduct their 30 minute rounds on the night Ariel Castro died and that two officers falsified log books about the incident, changing records for five of the rounds.
“The remote eye video indicates that no rounds were done on Castro’s cell at 3:03, 3:32, 5:00, 5:29, 6:55, 7:23, 7:45 and 8:15 p.m. The post log books indicate falsified logs at 3:03, 3:32, 5:00, 7:45 and 8:15 p.m. The 8:45 p.m. round and the 9:15 p.m. round were properly conducted within DRC Policy and CRC Post Order guidelines.”
In its conclusion about the night that Ariel Castro died, DRC writes that “rounds were not properly completed. Post log books were falsified. There was no satisfactory verification process in place. Shift supervisors were not given clear direction on verification procedures and expectations. Not all staff were following spider station directive. Corrections officers were utilizing fire escape doors as shortcuts between segregation pods and floors.”
Apparently, the corrections officers were not the only ones taking “shortcuts” in regard to Ariel Castro. Below is the timeline of Ariel Castro’s death according to DRC:
- 9:18 p.m. - Corrections Officer Ackley at Castro’s cell – Castro found hanging from window bars with sheet around his neck and his shorts around his ankles.
- 9:19 p.m. – Corrections Officer Murphy arrives to assist Ackley in getting inmate Castro down from the window bars. They are able to rip the sheet and lower the inmate to the ground but cannot get sheet off inmate’s neck. Murphy goes to get cut down tool.
- 9:20 p.m. – Lt. Antle and other staff responders arrive. Cut down tool used to remove sheet. Corrections officers initiate CPR.
- 9:22 p.m. – CRC medical staff arrive on scene and take over CPR and placement of AED unit. Correctional medical staff continue CPR on inmate until ambulance personnel arrive on scene. AED was used, but did not advise to shock.
- 9:25 p.m. – MedCare Ambulance called from control center.
- 9:49 p.m. – CRC reports MedCare Ambulance called again from control center.
- 9:59 p.m. – MedCare Ambulance arrives at CRC
- 10:05 p.m. – MedCare Ambulance staff arrive at scene in segregation
- 10:18 p.m. – MedCare Ambulance begins transport to OSUMC.
- 10:18 p.m. to 10:46 p.m. – MedCare Ambulance stops on Interstate 71 N to pick up additional MedCare Ambulance staff to assist with life saving measures.
- 10:46 p.m. – MedCare Ambulance arrives at OSUMC
- 10:52 p.m. – Inmate Castro pronounced dead at OSUMC
In its conclusion about Ariel Castro's death, DRC wrote in its report that the “emergency response by custody staff was timely and appropriate. Emergency response by Inmate Health Services was timely and appropriate. The response by MedCare Ambulance was significantly delayed. Relevant portions of DRC’s contract with the EMS provider require a response within 15 minutes of call from the institution (Exhibit J). MedCare Ambulance took 34 minutes to respond and failed to contact another provider to make the run if they could not, which is also required by the contract. As a result, Castro was not en route to OSUMC until nearly an hour after he was discovered.”
While alive, Ariel Castro’s “paranoia about his food led him not to eat some of his meals. There were also claims by him that he was flushing his food down the toilet. He also complained that not eating was causing him health problems. These complaints coincide with two visits by medical staff on August 14, 2013 in response to complaints by Castro for chest pains, dizziness, nausea and concerns about his food not properly being prepared.”
News about how Ariel Castro supposedly died reminded many readers of Michelle Knight’s full court statement. “From this moment on, I will not let you define me or affect who I am. You will live -- I will live on. You will die a little every day.”
Michelle Knight was right about Ariel Castro being haunted and spending the rest of his life dying “a little every day.”
With the reports that Ariel Castro died accidentally of auto-erotic asphyxiation, it is becoming quite clear that Ariel Castro continues to be haunted – even after his death -- and there is no R.I.P. for Ariel Castro.