It didn’t surprise me for a second when I heard this ABC News report today stating that Ariel Castro, the convicted Cleveland kidnapper, had possibly hung himself accidently while attempting to perform autoerotic asphyxiation on the night his body was found hanging in his jail cell. When Ariel was found with his pants and underwear around his ankles, this lead investigators to question whether he accidently killed himself during an attempt at autoerotic asphyxiation.
When I initially heard about his hanging death, I immediately thought that maybe it was from a form of sexual fulfillment for him. I’m glad investigators decided to look further into his death and I’m hoping there questions have been solved.
Castro had contended that he was addicted to sex at his sentencing for holding the three Cleveland women captive for a decade in his basement.
Two correction officers who were assigned to watch over Ariel have been place on administrative leave and there is a criminal investigation pending.
Castro actually made a statement at his sentencing hearing attesting, “I’m not a monster, I have an addiction, just like an alcoholic has an addiction.”
Ariel was spared the death penalty through a plea deal and he was sentenced to life in prison instead.
ABC News reported findings of an internal investigation about how Castro could have possibly killed himself on the night of September 3; and the findings indicated he was under the watchful eye of jail guards who reported the corrections officers on duty the night Castro was hanged had skipped rounds and they had also falsified their reports about the number of times they had checked on him that night also.
The officers had reported that Castro was safe in his cell at 8:45 p.m.; and according to the report, it stated they checked on him again at 9:15 p.m. and found him hanging from a window hinge by the means of a bed sheet wrapped around his neck.
It was noted that Castro had photos of his family members arranged on the jail cell’s floor, along with an opened Bible to the Gospel of John, Chapters 2 and 3; and these reference when Jesus turned the water into wine, overturned tables of the money makers at the temple, and also the story of Nicodemus.
The report indicated that corrections officers pulled Castro down and cut the sheets from his neck, started performing CPR and called for an ambulance. Medics could not revive him.
There were no obvious motivations for the suicide indicated in the report but Castro had complained of suffering from verbal harassment from other inmates and also from the staff at the jail; and he also stated fear that his food may have been tampered with, but after investigations, his fears were unfounded.
The report said Castro had a hearing with the jail’s warden earlier in the day over protective control. It was indicated that Castro appeared happy by being put in protective control and that it would place him closer to his family for visits. He also asked about receiving mail. He had been returned to his jail cell a little before 2 p.m., which was seven hours prior to his death.
Castro was arrested in May after the three women he had been holding in his basement escaped. The kidnaps by Castro was between 2002 and 2004 where he kept them either chained or confined to cell-like rooms in the upstairs area of the house.
The writer of this article is Barbara Kasey Smith & it is based on an ABC News Report today.