Castro Called Captive's Mom From Girl's Cell
Admits to close calls, suicidal thoughts in police interrogation tapes
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2013 11:33 AM CDT
This Aug. 1, 2013 file photo shows Ariel Castro in the courtroom during the sentencing phase in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

(Newser) – Just when you thought the worst details of the Cleveland kidnapping case had been aired, more facts emerge via police tapes of Ariel Castro's interrogation. In addition to Castro describing his thoughts of suicide, NBC News reports the tapes reveal a shocking confession: Castro once called Amanda Berry's mom—using Berry's cellphone—to tell her her daughter was safe and now his "wife." He hung up before she could respond, Castro said. Castro also explains on the tapes that it was his own young daughter (born to Berry) who pleaded with him to unlock his house's doors, ultimately leading to the three women's escape: "I let my guard down," he said, when he left a bedroom door open, allowing Berry to yell for help from the front door.

NBC News notes that Castro seemed surprised he got away with his crimes for so long, telling police they missed a chance to catch him on surveillance cameras outside Gina DeJesus' school. "You could have broke the case right then and there," he said, per the AP. And though he wouldn't commit suicide for another nine years, a 2004 note shows Castro long battled suicidal thoughts. "I want to put an end to my life," he wrote, "and let the devil deal with me." During the interrogation, he told police, "I just want to crash through the window."

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Kamikyu
Sep 7, 2013 7:11 AM CDT
I feel like such a Psychopath saying this...but I, some how, feel sorry for Castro...And the girls. But...somehow, I just pity the man. Such a pitiful and sad reminder this is, that we should control our impulses and desires.
arclight6970
Sep 6, 2013 5:53 PM CDT
And this great revalation is news? The writings in newsr belong in a grammar school newsletter.
questioneverything
Sep 6, 2013 5:05 PM CDT
Reading his comments, it's almost as though he's a puppet to some sort of brain disease or torment that dictates his actions. If one is religious we could say that he's 'possessed' by the devil. By the medical definition, we could say his brain is 'broken' causing his actions. It sounds like he wanted this all to end and just wanted to be dead. It makes one wonder if perhaps some type of medication or even castration could have solved his issues. In the end I guess it doesn't matter......but still makes one wonder. I'm glad his victims are alive and doing well....recovering.