Ariel Castro, Brutal Captor of 3 Women in Cleveland, Hangs Himself in Prison Cell

The irony of life is, most people can’t handle the same $#it they dish out to other people. I soooo saw this coming.

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Castro was convicted last month of kidnapping and raping three women in his Cleveland, Ohio home over the course of many years. He was sentenced to a life behind bars but was found dead in his cell Tuesday.


BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013, 12:28 AM
Ariel Castro listens in the courtroom during the sentencing phase Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland. Three months after an Ohio woman kicked out part of a door to end nearly a decade of captivity, Castro, a onetime school bus driver faces sentencing for kidnapping three women and subjecting them to years of sexual and physical abuse. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Ariel Castro was convicted of sexually assaulting and holding three women captive for years in his Cleveland, Ohio home. His lifeless body was discovered in his cell Tuesday.

He stole a decade of their lives — and finally he took their justice.

Ariel Castro, the Ohio monster sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for kidnapping three young women and keeping them as sex slaves in his Cleveland home, was found hanging in his prison cell Tuesday, correction officials said.

Amanda Berry (right) hugs her sister Beth Serrano after being reunited in a Cleveland hospital May 6 following years of captivity in Ariel Castro's house of horrors.

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Amanda Berry (right) hugs her sister Beth Serrano after being reunited in a Cleveland hospital May 6 following years of captivity in Ariel Castro’s house of horrors.

 

Castro’s lifeless body was discovered in his cell in the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, about 9:20 p.m., authorities said. It was not immediately clear Tuesday night what the abominable inmate used to dodge punishment — and deprive his victims of the justice that his recent conviction had provided.

Gina DeJesus was a teenager when she was kidnapped by Ariel Castro.

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Gina DeJesus was a teenager when she was kidnapped by Ariel Castro.

The sexual predator was housed in a single cell in protective custody, where prison authorities were required to check on him every 30 minutes, Ohio Department of Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said .

 

Michelle Knight gave emotional statement during sentencing of Ariel Castro, who held her captive and brutally raped her for many years.

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Michelle Knight gave emotional statement during sentencing of Ariel Castro, who held her captive and brutally raped her for many years.

Castro, 53, was not on a suicide watch, The Associated Press reported.

Prison medical staff tried to resuscitate him, but his evil days ended at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center at 10:52 p.m.

The three women were miraculously rescued in early May from this Cleveland home, which is now demolished.

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The three women were miraculously rescued in early May from this Cleveland home, which is now demolished.

 

Castro was sentenced on Aug. 1 for abducting Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus off Cleveland streets and holding them as sex prisoners for more than a decade. He fathered a child with Berry, a 6-year-old girl named Jocelyn. They escaped on May 6 when Berry managed to break free.

Rusty chains were found secured to walls in Ariel Castro's house of horrors in Cleveland.

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Rusty chains were found secured to walls in Ariel Castro’s house of horrors in Cleveland.

Prosecutors had spared the three women the pain of having to testify at trial by taking the death penalty off the table for the Cleveland monster, allowing him to plead guilty to 937 criminal counts. Judge Michael Russo handed down a life sentence without the possibility of parole plus 1,000 years.

 

Ariel Castro, 53, was in protective custody when he was found dead in his cell in Orient, Ohio Tuesday.

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Ariel Castro, 53, was in protective custody when he was found dead in his cell in Orient, Ohio Tuesday.

In the end, he served slightly less than four months in custody.

Ohio State Police and the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction are investigating the death. “A thorough review of this incident is underway,” said Smith.

Ariel Castro built a secret dungeon for his captors, which he held against their will for a decade.

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Ariel Castro built a secret dungeon for his captors, which he held against their will for a decade.

 

There was no immediate comment Tuesday night from any of the three victims. Knight, 32, who was impregnated by Castro five times and starved and beaten until she miscarried each pregnancy, was the only one who spoke at his sentencing.

Michelle Knight (center), captor of Ariel Castro, walks with reporters Aug. 7 outside the Castro home in Cleveland. The house was demolished later that day.

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Michelle Knight (center), captor of Ariel Castro, walks with reporters Aug. 7 outside the Castro home in Cleveland. The house was demolished later that day.

“I spent 11 years in hell, and now your hell is just beginning,” she said. “I will overcome all this that has happened, but you will face hell for eternity.”

 

A crane demolishes the home that once served as terrible dungeon where Ariel Castro brutalized three young women.

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A crane demolishes the home that once served as terrible dungeon where Ariel Castro brutalized three young women.

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Ariel Castro surrendered his home, pictured being demolished, in a plea deal before receiving a lifetime behind bars.

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Ariel Castro surrendered his home, pictured being demolished, in a plea deal before receiving a lifetime behind bars.

Culled from nydailynews.com

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