Ariel Castro Is Dead After Being Found Hanging in His Prison Cell

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Ariel CastroAriel Castro, the very demented man who kidnapped, tortured, and raped three young women -- Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, and Amanda Berry -- for a period that stretched more than a decade, was found dead in his prison cell tonight. Officials reportedly found Castro hanging in his cell, but there has been no official cause of death released. Of course, most of our first thoughts are to assume it was suicide.

This news tonight is nothing if not completely shocking and confusing. After hearing the heartbreaking stories of these three women's years in captivity, I'm sure I'm not alone in wholeheartedly believing this man should pay for what he did. Pay long and hard and horribly. Death just wasn't what I had in mind.  

Sure, there is some sort of sweet pleasure in knowing that sick, twisted man is gone for good. Wiped off the face of the Earth. Never again will he torture another innocent soul with a look, a letter, repugnant words, or with the sheer fact of just being alive after the heinous crimes he committed. Never will Jocelyn, the daughter Amanda Berry gave birth to and raised for her first six years in that Cleveland house of horrors, have to face this man's requests to see her. Never again. Not ever.

But then again, did he just get off easy when he should have sat with his crimes for as many of those 1,000 years as his human life could have mustered? There really is no answer to this question. So let's just try to pay attention to the relief this news brings tonight. Because there is no doubt a sudden and tremendous sigh of indescribable relief in knowing that monster is gone.

Are you shocked by Castro's death? What feelings are coming up for you upon hearing this news?


Image via AP/Cuyahoga County Jail

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Elaine Cox

why was he not under suicide watch?...he pretty much got away with what he did...

nonmember avatar Ashley

Apparently, he was under suicide watch. I can't remember the exact source but it reported that he was getting checked up on every 30 minutes. I don't know how true that is though.

Michael Weldon

Good riddence.  Save taxpayers some money and no worries about any escape now. 

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

While I think he got off easy, I also think that his death is probably a relief to the girls and their families. It seems like it would give a little more "freedom" to know he really is GONE.

Graca... Gracalynsmom

How ironic, he couldn't except the same fate he gave those poor girl's. maybe his victim's can rest a little easier now.

the4m... the4mutts

Good. No use letting any more scum eat up taxpayers money. Justice is served IMO. Saved good citizen judges time in the courtroom, and kept us from having to feed and house him for 30yrs

Cooks... Cookster792

I just read a psychologists report that says this was a final slap to the girls faces, because he let them

know he is still calling the shots. He chose to leave on his terms. He should suffer in hell.

Jay Souza

Couldn't expect different.

He's obviously a coward, couldn't face the consequences of his actions.

May those girls find peace now.

mande... manderspanders

Scum like that don't deserve to live... thank God the taxpayers aren't supporting him anymore.  I wouldn't care if he killed himself or if someone strung him up themselves. Society is better off.

Baile... Bailey8307

What he did was absolutely evil. There is no question of that. My only thought is that every life is valuable and it's a shame that he chose to end his. He could have asked God for forgiveness and been granted it,because that is how awesome God is. If your child had done something horrendous and then killed him or herself you would mourn your child. Lets have respect for this man's family and not celebrate his death. Let's not pretend like we know what the three women are thinking or feeling. Praying for peace and comfort for all involved.

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