Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper who abducted a number of woman, committed suicide in his prison cell by hanging himself. This is the conclusion of two Department of Corrections consultants who released their findings on Tuesday.
A previous report claimed that Castro had killed himself accidentally while trying to attain a sexual thrill via asphyxiation. Those claims of autoerotic asphyxiation were refuted by the new report which said that all the evidence pointed to suicide.
Some time before his death, Ariel Castro had arranged a shrine-like arrangement of pictures in his cell,together with a bible. His prison journal had been increasingly frustrated in its tone in the week before his death, as he grappled with the prospect of spending the rest of his life in jail.
The new report was also backed up by reviews from the Ohio State highway Patrol and the Franklin County coroner.
The report stated: “Based upon the fact that this inmate was going to remain in prison for the rest of his natural life under the probability of continued perceived harassment and threats to his safety, his death was not predictable on September 3, 2013, but his suicide was not surprising and perhaps inevitable,” it said.
On August 31, Ariel Castro wrote in his prison journal: “I will not take this kind of treatment much longer if this place treats me this way. I can only imagine what things would be like at my parent institution…. I feel as though I’m being pushed over the edge, one day at a time.”
He was found in his cell kneeling with pants down, and hanging from a sheet attached to a hinge, hence the suspicions of auto-erotic asphyxiation as the cause of death.
Some fellow inmates suggested that Ariel Castro was found with his pants down due to the radical weight loss he had suffered after entering the facility. Other people at the prison confirmed that it was not uncommon for Castro to be naked in his cell.