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Published On: Mon, May 13th, 2013

Castro brothers say Ariel Castro is a ‘monster’ and should ‘rot in jail,’ deny knowledge of kidnappings, torture

The two brothers of accused kidnapper Ariel Castro, who is charged with kidnapping and raping three women for more than 10 years — described him as a “monster” and distanced themselves from the alleged crimes, saying if they had known what was happening behind closed doors, they would have reported it to police.

Castro’s two brothers: Pedro and Onil, were initially taken into custody with their brother but released Thursday after investigators said there was no evidence linking them to the alleged crimes against Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 27.

Castro_Brothers_Mugshots Cleveland kidnappings tortureThe brothers told CNN in an exclusive interview that their brother is a “monster” and since they were arrested with him they have received death threats.

“I hope he rots in that jail,” Onil Castro, 50, said. “I don’t even want them to take his life like that. I want him to suffer in that jail to the last extent. I don’t care if they even feed him. What he has done to my life and my family’s.”

“I can’t go nowhere because they think I’m a monster, too, and I’m not,” Pedro Castro, 54, said. “And it just keeps going over and over in my head that people are just thinking that I did this.”

The brothers said they fear people will still believe they are connected to the alleged kidnappings.

“People think Pedro has something to do with this. Pedro don’t have nothing to do with this. If I knew I would have reported it, brother or no brother,” Pedro said.

Pedro said whenever he visited his brother’s home it was filled with background noise.

“If not the radio, the TV. Something had to be on at all time in the kitchen. So, I couldn’t hear nothing else, but the radio or the TV.”

Pedro told CNN he did not visit the home much, but when he did he was not allowed past the kitchen.

Ariel Castro, 52, was arraigned Thursday in an Ohio court on charges of kidnapping and rape. Bond was set at $8 million. He has not entered a plea.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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