Ariel Castro’s suicide by hanging may have been an accident and not a suicide officials report today. Castro may have accidentally died during an autoerotic asphyxiation. According to ABC News on Oct. 10, officials may have jumped the gun calling Ariel Castro’s hanging a suicide, after finding the body with his underwear and pants pulled down around his ankles.
Castro, who was arrested after kidnapping and holding three woman as sex slaves in his home for over a decade, was found hanging in his cell. He confessed to being addicted to sex and when his body was found hanging, he had his underwear and pants down around his ankles. This is indicative of a sex act.
Lead investigators on this case are now questioning if his death was a result of his sexual drive prompting him to this autoerotic asphyxiation behavior. This is a dangerous act of bringing yourself to the point of almost passing out by chocking yourself, often done by hanging.
He said in court at his sentencing hearing, “I’m not a monster, I have and addiction, just like an alcoholic has an addiction." The night of his death he was fine when the guards checked on him at 8:45 p.m., but at 9:15 p.m. they found him hanging in his cell.
Besides finding Castro's body with his pants and underwear down around his ankles, he had his family member’s pictures neatly arranged on his cell floor with his bible opened to the Gospel of John, Chapters 2 and 3. The investigation into his death is on-going.