Cleveland kidnapper, rapist commits suicide in prison

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Posted on September 4, 2013 at 6:19 AM

WWLTV.com/CBS Susan McInnis
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The man who admitted to raping, kidnapping and torturing three women for roughly a decade inside his Cleveland home, has committed suicide.

Ariel Castro had been in prison for less than four months before he took his own life.

Late Tuesday night, prison officials said "inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 p.m. at the correction reception center in Orient."

"Shortly after he was transported to Ohio State University Wexler Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. A thorough review of this incident is underway."

In late July, Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus one thousand years for the kidnapping, rape and torture of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

WOIO reporter Lyda Esparra talked with Gina DeJesus' aunt who is concerned how the girls will take the news of the suicide.

The girls were kidnapped between 2002 and 2004 at ages 16, 14 and 20. They were rescued in May, when Amanda Berry escaped from Castro's home.

Police reportedly found a suicide note in Castro's house the day he was arrested, and in it, Castro claimed he was sick and needed help.

At the time of his suicide, Castro was under protective custody which meant he was in a cell by himself and guards were required to check on him every 30 minutes.

Neighbors say this is an appropriate end.

Castro fathered a six-year-old daughter with Amanda Berry during her captivity.

 

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