The Cleveland Kidnapper, Ariel Castro, has killed himself in his prison cell, we have confirmed. Castro is known now for the most heinous kidnapping story in Cleveland, Ohio’s history. Ten years ago, he kidnapped Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry. People magazine reports:
Ariel Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, a community located south of Columbus in central Ohio, JoEllen Smith, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokesman, said early Wednesday.
Prison medical staff performed CPR before Castro was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.
He was in protective custody because of the notoriety of his case, meaning he was checked every 30 minutes, but was not on suicide watch, Smith said. She said suicide watch entails constant observation.
Castro was also watched closely in Cuyahoga County Jail in the several weeks after his arrest and before his case was resolved by a guilty plea, with logs noting his activity every 10 minutes. He was taken off county jail suicide watch in early June after authorities determined he was not a suicide risk.
He definitely took the easy way out on this one. It just goes to show you that he could dish it out but he couldn’t take it. What a coward. At least the taxpayers won’t have to continue to pay for him to be taken care of.
Hat tip: Scottie