Ariel Castro committed suicide while in prison this month, and no one was too upset about it, least of all Amanda Berry, one of the women he held for a decade in his Cleveland house of horrors. She reportedly told her father that she was "relieved" he was gone so that he couldn't ever see Jocelyn, the daughter he "fathered" with Amanda, ever again. And now it's been revealed that Castro died with an unusual item right near him -- a Bible.
Castro was allegedly found with the Bible, open to the book of John, near his lifeless body. He had managed to hang himself with a bedsheet in the 30 minutes since he had last been checked on.
He also had notes containing Bible verses near him, along with the names of his children and grandchildren.
It's interesting to theorize what the significance of his Bible reading could be -- was he looking for salvation? Forgiveness? Or was he seeking justifiction for his crimes? After all, this is the man who told the sentencing judge that that the house where he kept three women and his daughter in captivity was "harmonious" and "normal," and absurdly claimed that the women asked him for sex all of the time.
I wouldn't put it past him to be marking down passages in the Bible that he believes somehow excused what he did. That is what a twisted mind can do.
On the other hand, perhaps he knew he was about to meet his maker, and wanted to be ready with a few Bible quotes to try and impress Him. The hypocrisy of reading the Bible, which tells you to treat others as you would be treated, after doing what he did to those women, is repugnant.
Why do you think Castro was reading the Bible?
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