Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper who abducted, raped and tortured three women for a decade, was found hanged in his prison cell last night.
Castro, 53, was found about 9.20pm yesterday at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, just one month after he was handed down a 1,000 year prison term – a time his victims thought spelled the end of their nightmare.
His death no doubt comes as a slap in the face to his victims and their families, robbing them of the justice that brought some form of closure to their ten-year nightmare.
Earlier this morning, friends of victim Gina de Jesus called Castro a ‘coward’ and said he took the easy way out. Her brother said today they were aware of what happened and were ‘doing OK’.
He was being housed alone in an isolation unit for his protection, where he would be checked every 30 minutes. Prison officials said he hanged himself during a break between inspections.
Initially, Castro was being checked on every ten minutes, but this stopped in June after he was deemed not to be a risk to himself and taken off suicide watch.