Castro Suicide: No Note, but Open Bible

Report says he hanged himself with sheet from window hinge

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 20, 2013 4:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – Ariel Castro's autopsy isn't complete, but WKYC reports that preliminary findings suggest nothing fishy about the Cleveland kidnapper's suicide. He had been left unchecked in his cell for about 30 minutes when guards found him, and the coroner's investigator says Castro hanged himself with his bedsheet from a window hinge. He left no note, but authorities found an open Bible (nothing more specific is offered than John, Chapter 3), a handwritten list of his kids and grandkids, and a second piece of paper with unspecified Bible verses, reports AP.

The 53-year-old was on bent knees—the hinge is 7 feet off the floor—and facing the cell's door when found by the guards, according to the investigator's notes. They removed his homemade noose and tried to save him, but Castro was pronounced dead at the hospital about 90 minutes later. Two guards have been suspended as the investigations into Castro's death continue.

This Aug. 1 photo shows Ariel Castro in court.
This Aug. 1 photo shows Ariel Castro in court.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
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