Ariel Castro Kills Himself in Prison Cell
Cleveland kidnapper hanged self with sheet, wasn't on suicide watch
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2013 11:36 PM CDT
Updated Sep 4, 2013 9:29 AM CDT
This Aug. 1 file photo shows Ariel Castro in the courtroom during his sentencing phase in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, file)

(Newser) – Ariel Castro has been found dead in his prison cell just 35 days into his life-plus-1,000-years sentence for keeping three women captive in his home for a decade. The 53-year-old hanged himself, say officials at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. Prison officials found his body about 9:20pm. They tried emergency life-saving measures, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital. Officials say Castro was in protective custody—meaning he was in a cell by himself and was checked every 30 minutes—but he was not on suicide watch, the AP reports.

Prison officials say a full investigation of the apparent suicide is under way, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Initial autopsy results confirm that he died of suicide by hanging, and sources tell ABC 5 that he used a bed sheet to do it. But Castro's lawyers aren't so sure. Asked about the suicide by the New York Daily News, one replied, "Alleged suicide, right?" Another, lawyer Craig Weintraub, tells Fox News Latino that the prison twice denied requests for a psychological evaluation of Castro. "I’m not so sure that they necessarily care if someone is suicidal," he said. On the Today show, Weintraub vowed "to get to the bottom of it. I understand that the public is probably going to say good riddance. But this is a human being, we are in a civilized society, and we expect that the person would be protected when they’re institutionalized."

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Sep 5, 2013 3:59 PM CDT
"He was a human being". No he wasn't.
Sep 5, 2013 7:18 AM CDT
Update: He's still dead!... : )
Sep 5, 2013 4:33 AM CDT
Why do Americans rejoice in murder and the death of others? You could say he deserved this and worse but so what... that does not mean you carry out the same actions (capital punishment, jail beatings, rape) because then you are no better than him. Civilized, sane, mature people in charge of their emotions lock such people up on the public dime precisely because we are ethical and moral. Christian and secular morality actually agree on this.