Castro Daughter: I Now See There Were Signs
Angie Gregg refuses to see father again
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 10, 2013 6:32 AM CDT
Updated May 10, 2013 7:56 AM CDT
A booking photo of Ariel Castro, 52, after he was ordered to be held on $8 million bail Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Cuyahoga County)

(Newser) – Once, she saw her father as a "friendly, caring, doting" person—but things have changed for Ariel Castro's daughter. Angie Gregg tells CNN her father, the Cleveland kidnapping suspect, is "dead to me," adding that he's "the most evil, vile, demonic criminal" she's ever been aware of. She plans never to see him: "He can never be daddy again." And while Gregg says she was totally unaware of what was going on, she now shares missed signs, saying, "It's all adding up":

  • Her father "would take forever to come to the door," which was always locked, when she visited. He wouldn't let her in the front door, but would wave her around to the back. Also always locked: the basement door.
  • When they ate dinner together at her grandmother's, he would suddenly leave "for an hour or so" without giving a reason.
  • He typically played loud music during her visits; she attributed that to his being a musician. Still, she noted that he never rushed Gregg and her husband to leave.
  • He refused to leave the house for more than a day. "He was adamant in the fact that he wanted to leave home early morning and he had to be back by evening," she says.
She wasn't abused as a child, she says, but her jealous father beat her mother. But horrors don't run in the family, she notes: "We don't have monster in our blood."

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Janine2013
May 12, 2013 9:37 PM CDT
Most people who are not abused physically but who witness the abuse of others create a fantasy for themselves that the abused deserves it, like this woman. Only a small percentage have the common sense or intuitive insight to see the truth. It's a shame because it means the abused can only count on a small percentage of people to even believe that they don't deserve it and that their own kids, brothers, parents and friends would take the side of their abuser against them unless they too experienced the abuse physically not just vicariously. It is ignorance to even ask WHY a person doesn't ask for help....who is there to ask when your own kids who actually witness it think it's ok for your husband to break your bones and shove you in a box, treat you like an animal? Would you want YOUR daughter to be friends with this woman? I wouldn't.
fractal
May 11, 2013 3:08 PM CDT
I think this is a warning for people. If you have a relative, neighbor or friend who will not allow you to see rooms in their house, you need to wonder why. If they get REALLY upset when you try, it is time to do a bit of investigating---one person diverting their attention, while the other checks things out.
charlieb
May 11, 2013 2:15 AM CDT
So she used to think daddy was a great guy...even though he was beating the crap out of her mother. And only NOW has she decided he's a monster and won't to speak to him. I'm just trying to understand her logic and her misplaced loyalty. I don't see how she could watch him inflicting so much physical and emotional pain on her mother, making her mother suffer over and over, and years later still want to spend time with him. And having witnessed his abusive behavior and his questionable eccentricities, she never thought he was up to SOMETHING? I mean, no one could imagine the extent of his crime, but was she really THAT surprised her dad is an evil psychopath who demeaned and abused women? Of course, people like him ARE able to brainwash their victims, so maybe that's the reason. It's the only thing I can come up with.