Brutal Captor And Rapist Ariel Castro Takes Easy Way Out Of Life Sentence, Found Dead In Cell

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Ariel Castro escaped punishment by hanging himself in his jail cell. But what becomes of the three women he kidnapped, raped, and tortured for 10 years? Photo of Ariel Castro from abcnews.go.com.

On Tuesday night, a man who has been roundly denounced as the embodiment of evil apparently removed himself from the face of the earth. Ariel Castro, kidnapper of three young women who he imprisoned for a decade as sex slaves, raping and torturing them repeatedly, was found hung in his cell — reportedly by his own hand.

The following statement was released by JoEllen Smith of the Ohio Department of Correction and Rehabilitation:

Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 p.m. at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. He was housed in protective custody which means he was in a cell by himself and rounds are required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals.

Upon finding inmate Castro, prison medical staff began performing life saving measures. Shortly after he was transported to OSUMC where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 pm. A thorough review of this incident is underway and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation.

Some are already decrying the fact that, with his death, Castro has escaped punishment. Hopefully, the fact that he must have committed suicide speaks to the depth at which he felt the harshness of his thoroughly appropriate sentence — life in prison plus 1,000 years — handed down on August 1st. At that sentencing, he blamed everyone but himself for the imprisonments of the women, even blaming his victims for not being more sensitive to the ‘needs’ created by his self-proclaimed sexual addiction.

Unless and until the young women tortured by Castro’s actions make a statement, it’s impossible to know the effects upon them of his suicide, but there has already been great effort by the community to support them and help them heal. As part of a plea deal, Castro had to hand over the deed to the house where the women were kept, as well as $22,000, which was to be used to demolish the house. Instead, volunteers razed the place on August 7th and the money will be used for a restoration project, possibly a park, on the site. On August 26th, two vacant houses next to the ‘house of horrors’ were also demolished to make more room for the project.

Rarely has the physical obliteration of such horror been so complete. With this final chapter, at the hand of the perpetrator himself, may the three courageous women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight — find a measure of peace.