Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2013

‘House of Horrors’ Victims still silent in the wake of Ariel Castro suicide

The Cleveland man who kidnapped three women and sexually assaulted them for nearly a decade in his basement was found dead in his jail cell Tuesday night after an apparent suicide.

Ariel Castro

Ariel Castro

Castro’s victims remain quiet and the public may never know what Michelle Knight, Georgina DeJesus and Amanda Berry feel about the death of Ariel Castro, their kidnapper and torturer.

A statement from the Ohio Department of Corrections said Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in the town of Orient at 9:20 p.m. local time.

After prison medical staff attempted to perform life-saving measures, Castro was transferred to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.

Castro’s death is being investigated by the Ohio State Police and the Department of Corrections.

He was being held in protective custody, isolated from other inmates and subject to checks twice an hour. Castro was not on suicide watch.

An Ohio coroner confirmed reports that Castro did indeed commit suicide by hanging himself, apparently with a bed sheet, Reuters reported. 


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