Ariel Castro killed himself in prison this week, and not too many people are crushed about it -- though there are those that would have preferred he suffer in prison for a lot longer. I guess it's not surprising that this coward couldn't take being imprisoned -- something he had no trouble dishing out to the three women he kidnapped and the child he fathered in captivity. New videotapes have emerged after Ariel Castro's death that show how truly depraved he was -- not that we didn't already know that. But it goes even further. Not only did he imprison, rape, torture, and steal the lives of three women -- but he took it upon himself to taunt the mother of the one of the women -- Amanda Berry's mom, Louwana Miller, who wouldn't live to see her daughter and granddaughter, Jocelyn, free and alive.
According to FBI interrogation video revealed on The Today Show, Castro at one point called Amanda's mother and teased her over the phone with these chilling words:
I think I said something ... that I have her daughter and that she's okay and that she's my wife now -- something like that, you know, probably not the exact words.
How utterly horrific. That Amanda's mom would hear those words, and not know where her daughter was, who she was with, or even if the call was a joke. And before she could even ask anything, Castro hung up.
Louwana died much too early -- at the young age of 43, and family attribute that to the health problems brought on by the stress of her daughter's abduction. In fact, they say she died of a "broken heart."
The tapes also reveal how his daughter with Amanda, Jocelyn, kept asking him not to lock the doors of the house -- but of course, he couldn't unlock them or the women would escape.
Additionally, he chastised himself for "letting down [his] guard" and leaving a bedroom door accidentally unlocked, which allowed Amanda to escape downstairs and open a front door enough to scream for help.
At one point, a "girlfriend" (shiver!) of his heard a TV set on upstairs, where Michelle Knight was held captive, and asked him about it. He thought for a moment he was caught. Amazing he didn't kill that woman.
He also said that surveillance tapes around the school where he kidnapped Gina DeJesus should have clearly shown him near where she disappeared and cops should have caught him earlier -- but they didn't.
It's clear that not only did Castro enjoy torturing his victims, but their families too. It's not true that he didn't kill anyone -- he killed Amanda's mom, Louwana. May she see from wherever she is that her daughter has her freedom now.
Do you think that Ariel Castro killed Amanda's mother?
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