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Cleveland Kidnapper Found Hanging In Cell

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Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro who was sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping, rape and beatings of three women he held captive for years in his house has been found dead in his Ohio prison cell.

The former school bus driver, who was under protective custody and isolated from other inmates was found hanging in his cell at about 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday.

After prison medical personnel tried to resuscitate him, Castro (53) was transferred to hospital and pronounced dead a short while later.

Castro was sentenced on August 1 to life plus 1,000 years in prison without the possibility of parole for abducting his three victims and keeping them imprisoned in the dungeon-like confines of his house, where they were starved, beaten and sexually assaulted for about a decade.

He was taken into custody just after the three women he held captive – Amanda Berry (27), Gina DeJesus (23)  and Michelle Knight (32) – were freed from the house with assistance from neighbours.

Berry’s 6-year-old daughter, fathered by Castro and born during her mother’s captivity was also rescued with the trio.

Capping one of the most sensational U.S. crime stories in recent memory, Americans were elated by news that the three women had been found alive and freed but were stunned by the circumstances of their ordeal.

Castro pleaded guilty in July to a total of 937 offenses, including kidnapping, rape, felonious assault and a charge of aggravated murder under a fetal homicide law for the forcible miscarriage of one of his three victims.

His plea deal with prosecutors spared him the death penalty.

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Castro had been locked up since August 5 at the Correctional Reception Center, a prison processing facility outside Columbus, the state capital, about 150 miles southeast of Cleveland.

He was to remain there while undergoing a series of mental and physical evaluations before being transferred to a more permanent lockup.

Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty acknowledged after Castro’s sentencing that a suicide note and confession written by Castro was found by authorities at his residence when they searched his home following his arrest in May.

But McGinty dismissed the letter as an attempt of Castro, whom he described as a “narcissist”, to feel sorry for himself and to place blame on his victims.

The house where the three women were held, bound with chains and ropes for periods of time, has since been torn down along with two homes on adjacent lots.

Castro had kidnapped each of his victims by luring them into his car with offers of a ride.

The three vanished without a trace between 2002 and 2004 – two of them as teenagers – and were rescued on May 6, 11 years after the first of them disappeared.

At his sentencing, Castro apologized for his actions but also sought to blame his behaviour on a sexual obsession and his own history of being abused as a child, declaring: “I am not a monster.”

Confronting Castro in court during that proceeding, Knight told him: “I spent 11 years of hell. Now your hell is just beginning.”

However his death has granted him an escape from a life of punishment and confinement that would have enabled him to suffer as a result of his grave actions. This incident will be of no consolation to his victims.

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