In Cleveland, a suicide note left by accused kidnapper Ariel Castro has revealed what may be some insight into the state of mind of a man who kept three abducted women under lock and key in his home for over a decade.
The Cleveland suicide note appears to be an unused draft, and Castro (who is clearly living) was arraigned this morning in the city on charges related to the kidnapping and rape of the three known victims.
Three women and a child were recovered alive from Castro’s home Monday, and the Cleveland suicide note was discovered in a search of the home that served as a prison for Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, and Berry’s small daughter — ostensibly the product of a sexual assault while she was a captive in the horror house.
In the missive, Castro seems to express significant remorse and understanding of his alleged crimes, repeatedly referring to the women in his home as “victims” and even expressing a desire to leave them money after his proposed suicide.
Castro refers to himself as a “sexual predator” and says he needs “help,” adding of the third kidnapping:
“I don’t know why I kept looking for another. I already had 2 in my possession.”
But a conflicted narrative emerges, as Castro — who is being held on $8 million bond in the case — blames the young women he kidnapped for their own abductions and rapes.
A reporter quotes Castro:
Castro writes “They are here against their will because they made a mistake of getting in a car with a total stranger.”
— Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylor19) May 9, 2013
The Cleveland suicide note was reportedly seen by the news man, Scott Taylor, who is a local investigative reporter with 19 Action News in the city.