Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found hanging dead in his jail cell from apparent suicide

Ariel Castro mug shot photo

Convicted Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro was found dead in his jail cell Tuesday evening from an apparent suicide by hanging. Here is a statement released by JoEllen Smith, of the Ohio Department of Corrections, to 19 Action News

Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 pm at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. He was housed in protective custody which means he was in a cell by himself and rounds are required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals. Upon finding inmate Castro, prison medical staff began performing life saving measures. Shortly after he was transported to OSUMC where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 pm. A thorough review of this incident is underway and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation.

On August 1 Ariel Castro was given a life sentence plus 1,000 years for kidnapping and sexually assaulting Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus while holding them captive in his Cleveland house for more than a decade.

As the statement states, officials are currently investigating Castro’s death.

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  • Dani

    What a little bitch. He couldn’t handle it even though he was given better treatment than he gave his prisoners.

  • Guest

    Took him long enough!!

  • bailey

    Coward! He held these women captive for years and years but when time came for him to spend his deserving sentence, he couldn’t take it.

    I am just happy those women are free and safe now, that’s all that matters in the end.

  • bailey

    Also Starcasm I found an error

    “…..Ariel Castro was found dead in his jail cell Tuesday morning”

    “…..found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 pm”

    Is it morning or evening?

    • Ally

      I was thinking the same thing and was about to comment on it also!

    • starcasmnet

      Thanks for pointing that out. It was evening.

  • Ally

    Well at least now the state will not have to pay for him any longer!

  • heyBale

    Be nice if they study his brain for irregularities.
    See where it all went wrong.

  • Heather

    God don’t like ugly!!

  • Eve

    He should have hung himself 12 years ago, before he ruined those girls’ lives. Freaking COWARD.

  • HoardersFan

    What a coward! At least we don’t have to waste more tax-payer dollars on this vicious loser.

  • Aro

    wish someone had killed him. Weasel.