In a surprising turn of events in the Ariel Castro case, it is believed that Castro's death may not have been suicide. Authorities from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction revealed Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, that Castro's death may have been caused by auto-erotic asphyxiation.
Auto-erotic asphyxiation is defined as "the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal." People who engage in this act have a tendency to be choked during sex, sometimes to the point of passing out.
Castro was found dead in his prison cell on Sept. 3, 2013, in which was first reported as a possible suicide. New details allege that Castro was found with his underwear and pants hanging around his ankles, leading authorities to believe that auto-erotic asphyxiation could be the cause of death.
It is also alleged that correction officers for the prison falsified records documenting their observations of Castro during the times they checked on him. Surveillance videos show the guards did not check on Castro at the required times, yet, they reported that they did.
A comprehensive mental health evaluation revealed that Castro was not suicidal. He did not leave behind a suicide note, and a Bible is said to have been found open in his cell.
Castro was sentenced to life in prison in August, 2013, after pleading guilty to multiple charges of kidnapping and sex crimes after kidnapping three females in Cleveland and holding them hostage for over a decade in his home. One of the victims became pregnant by Castro and had the child with him. The little girl was found with the victims the day of their rescue.