Ariel, 52, was pronounced dead on Sept. 3, after prison authorities found him hanging in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. He was serving a life sentence of more than 1,000 years, for the kidnapping, rape and torture of Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, who he held captive for over 10 years.
Ariel Castro has been found dead. The 52-year-old man responsible for the horrific Cleveland kidnappings, was pronounced dead around 10:52 p.m. after the prison’s medical staff tried to revive him.
Ariel Castro Found Dead — Kidnapper Commits Suicide In Prison
Ariel, was found dead just a little over one month after he pleaded guilty on July 27 to 937 criminal counts, including kidnapping, rape and attempted murder for kidnapping Gina, Amanada and Michelle. He agreed to serve a life term of over 1,000 years in prison to avoid the death penalty.
When prison officials found Ariel hanging in his prison cell around 9:20 p.m., he was immediately taken to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where later he was pronounced dead.
Ariel was not on suicide watch, although he was in protective custody, which means he would get checked on every 30 minutes.
None of the kidnapped women have yet to speak out about Ariel’s death.
Ariel’s brother-in-law spoke to CNN and said Ariel’s family is angry that they had to find out about his death through the media before the prison told them first.
“I cried for several reasons,” Juan Alicea said. “My first thoughts were if the girls knew. I am talking about the victims. I immediately thought of them and what is going through their minds. Maybe this was for the best. I don’t think they were ever going to find peace with him alive.”
— Chloe Melas
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