Castro Purposely Left Door Unlocked: Lawyer
Joked with victims about them writing memoirs
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 6, 2014 1:46 PM CDT
Ariel Castro, right, speaks during the sentencing phase as defense attorney Craig Weintraub watches Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

(Newser) – Ariel Castro told Amanda Berry he knew her freedom was coming. Months before the escape a year ago today, Castro began leaving the door unlocked, he told his lawyer. "He intentionally became much more negligent in the house about locking the door and keeping (his victims) inside," Craig Weintraub, who represented Castro before the latter's death, tells WKYC. Castro was focused on the welfare of his daughter with Berry. "It wasn't going well any longer. His daughter was at an age that she should not be in the house anymore. She needed to be in school and be in a normal environment, and she needed friends."

Castro "didn't have the courage to go to the police department and surrender," Weintraub says. "The only way (to get them out was) if he was negligent and allowed them to leave the house … while he was gone a few hours." Weintraub also describes the disturbing atmosphere inside the house, where Castro celebrated holidays with the victims "like it was a normal family." Castro even joked with Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight about books they would write about the captivity afterward. Castro also had some odd habits in prison, including preferring to be naked when talking to Weintraub, the lawyer says. Click for more from the interview, or read Knight's story of her capture.

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May 7, 2014 7:15 AM CDT
Every time Castro is in the news, his victims suffer just a little more. This guy is scum. He is not worthy of National news. Throw away the key. Let him suffer in silence. He has destroyed lives. He may not be mentally capable of accepting responsibility, but we can give him plenty of time to think about it.
Going For Broke
May 6, 2014 9:03 PM CDT
Them holes left out the part about looking for some crack to smoke and ran into Castro's party. Castro just didn't want the party to end! LOL
Ezekiel 25:17
May 6, 2014 8:31 PM CDT
This lieyar has crossed the line in defending a monster. He's crossed over to their side. There comes a point when a lieyar stops defending an innocent person and himself becomes the guilty. The reason I say that is the man is DEAD. He's been paid, well, and he can now stop the bull$hit he's been spewing. He has now become a candidate for any kind of justice someone may want to give him for putting up such a strong defense of a man who admitted guilt and is dead. I'm not condoning western justice but I'm saying he needs to shut his keg hole and move on with his own life. He's only working to stir up people out there who may want to take matters into their own hands some day.