No matter who you are or where you live, it's impossible to avoid hearing the developing story out of Cleveland, Ohio about the kidnapping of three young women and the horrific torture they endured over the past decade. The latest detail to emerge from the unfolding case: DNA tests have confirmed that alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro is the father of captive Amanda Berry's 6-year-old daughter, who was held along with her mother, as well as victims Michelle Knight and Gina Dejesus.
It's not exactly a surprise. But that doesn't make it any less nightmarish and important to know for certain.
I'm thrilled we live in a country with a government that says anyone is innocent until proven guitly. And yes, that includes a man accused of basically being an inhuman monster capable of "truly the worst examples of human conduct," as Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty put it lightly. That said, my fingers are tightly crossed that there's no need here for dragged-out, unnecessarily pedantic information culling and bureaucratic red tape when the blantant, disgusting truth is staring us in the face.
Nonetheless, Castro is being held on $8 million bail (doesn't seem high enough, if you ask me). There will be a trial. Lawyers will want various answers and details. Whether we can stomach it or not, the media is going to keep retelling the revolting details of what Berry, Knight, and Dejesus report happened in that house of horrors over the last ten years.
And yet, the bottom-line is this: What authorities believe Ariel Castro did is beyond anything our society should find acceptable or tolerable on any level. Seems to me, given the "suicide note," Castro's confession that he's "coldblooded" to cops, and now, DNA proof of his paternity, nothing here is exactly a mystery. So, with hope, this new information will help lead to a swift, merciless conviction befitting of a brutal criminal.
How are you reacting to the news about Castro's paternity?