Ohio Kidnapper Ariel Castro Is Found Hanged in Prison Cell

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Ohio Kidnapper Ariel Castro Is Found Hanged in Prison Cell


Byline: David Gardner in Los Angeles and Kiran Randhawa

ARIEL Castro, sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping three women and subjecting them to a decade of abuse at his Cleveland home, has been found hanged in his cell.

Castro, 53, was just one month into his sentence when he was found dead last night.

He was being held in an isolation unit, where he was checked by a guard every 30 minutes.

Officials at the Correctional Reception Centre in Orient, Ohio, said he was found hanging at 9.20pm, during a break between inspections.

Prison guards tried to resuscitate him and he was taken to the medical centre at Ohio State University, but was pronounced dead at 10.52 pm.

An investigation into the incident has now been launched.

Castro, a former school bus driver, pleaded guilty to 937 counts including kidnap and rape in a plea deal designed to keep him off death row.

He had repeatedly beaten and sexually abused Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight, who disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004 at the ages of 14, 16 and 20 respectively.

They escaped on May 6, when Miss Berry broke part of a door and called for help. …

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