BREAKING NEWS:

  • Ariel Castro found hanging in his prison cell at 9.20pm Tuesday
  • He was checked on every 30 minutes by guards
  • Castro was being held in isolation, in protective custody away from the general prison population
  • Served just one month of his prison sentence of life, plus 1,000 years
  • Pleaded guilty last month to kidnapping, raping, beating and torturing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

 

By Michael Zennie

 

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Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper who held three women against their will for a decade, is dead after hanging himself in his prison cell Tuesday night.

Castro, 53, was found about 9.20pm at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. He had served only one month of his prison term, which sent him away for life, plus 1,000 years.

Castro was being housed alone in an isolation unit for his protection, prison officials said.

Prison regulations dictate that guards had to check on him every 30 minutes. Officials say he hanged himself during a break between inspections.

Dead: Ariel Castro hanged himself in his prison cell just one month after being sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison

Dead: Ariel Castro hanged himself in his prison cell just one month after being sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison

Lonely death: This is an isolation cell at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, like the one where Castro hanged himself Tuesday

Lonely death: This is an isolation cell at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, like the one where Castro hanged himself Tuesday

 

Castro made international headlines when Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were freed from his Cleveland house after ten years of captivity under unimaginable conditions.

When prison guards found Castro hanging in his cell Tuesday, they immediately began trying to resuscitate him.

He was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour and a half later – shortly before 11pm.

 

 

A spokeswoman for the the Ohio Department of Corrections said the agency will make a full investigation of Castro’s suicide to determine whether regulations were followed and if anything could have been done to prevent his death.
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