Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found dead of apparent suicide

Ariel Castro, 52, is shown in this Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office booking photo  Credit: Reuters
Ariel Castro, 52, was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for the abduction and imprisonment of three Ohio women.
Credit: Reuters

Ariel Castro, the convicted Cleveland rapist and kidnapper, was found dead hanging in his jail cell Tuesday, several reports say.

Castro, 52, was sentenced last month to life in prison plus 1,000 years for the abduction of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus, whom he held captive for a decade in his home.

According to 19 Action News, JoEllen Smith of the Ohio Department of Corrections released this statement:

“Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 pm 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.”


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