Cleveland rapist Ariel Castro was facing the rest of his earthly existence in prison when his body was found in his jail cell Tuesday night, according to Fox News today, Wednesday, Sept. 4. Was it suicide or something else which led to his sudden death?
The Ohio Department of Corrections said Castro, 53, was found hanging in his celll at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Convicted of kidnapping three women and sexually assaulting them for about 10 years in the basement of his home, Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years on Aug. 1.
He fathered a child with one of this victims Amanda Berry whom he sexually assaulted. The other victims who somehow survived the lengthy imprisonment in terrifying circumstances included Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus.
While the apparent cause of death is suicide at this time, his death is being investigated by the Ohio State Police and the Department of Corrections. Supposedly subject to checks every thirty minutes, it's difficult to see how he would be able to hang himself with such regular supervision. He was not on suicide watch which involves constant surveillance when his lifeless form was found dangling in his cell.
Castro's attorney Jaye Schlachet told the Associated Press Wednesday he attempted unsuccessfully to have a psychological examination of Castro done at the Cuyahoga County Jail where he was held before being turned over to state authorities. He declined further comment on his client.
For clues as to the reasons for his death one could look at his statement in court to his sentencing judge when he said he wasn't a "monster, but a man suffering from a pornography addiction. He said, "I'm not a monster, I'm sick."
Schlachet and fellow attorney Craig Weintraub said they believed Castro fit the profile of sociopathic disorder and they hoped researchers would study him for clues as to "how to stop other predators", in an interview shortly after their client's conviction.
The three women were kidnapped between 2002 and 2004. DeJesus was 14, Berry was 16 and Knight was 20 at the time of abduction.
Authorities will release an official cause of death when the investigation is completed at some unknown date in the future.
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