COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio corrections officials say Ariel Castro, the man who held three women captive in his home for around a decade, has committed suicide at a state prison facility.
A spokeswoman says 53-year-old Castro was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. Prison medical staff performed CPR before Castro was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The three women, Amanda Berry, Georgina De Jesus and Michelle Knight, disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. They escaped May 6, when one of the women broke part of a door and yelled to neighbors for help. Castro was arrested that evening.
Castro was sentenced Aug. 1 to life in prison plus 1,000 years on his guilty plea to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape.
Maria Castro Montes, cousin of Ariel Castro, spoke with CNN about Castro’s death:
“Maybe this is for the best. Maybe this is the only way that he will be out of the spotlight because I think he was just always going to be in the spotlight. It seemed like every day, some new news report was coming out. And I don’t think they [Berry, De Jesus and Knight] were ever going to find peace if he was still alive and in prison.”
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