Ariel Castro’s Family Prepares To Claim His Body

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The family of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro planned to claim his body Thursday as investigations sought to determine how a man who was perhaps Ohio’s most notorious prisoner managed to
hang himself with a bedsheet while
in protective custody.

Castro was a month into his life
sentence for holding three women
captive in his home for a decade
when he committed suicide Tuesday
night.

Two reviews ordered Wednesday by
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation
and Correction Director Gary Mohr
were underway, prisons
spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said.

One Yinquiry will look into the suicide itself, and the other is examining whether Castro received proper medical and mental health care leading up the suicide.

A representative of Castro’s family
was expected to claim his body
Thursday, the Franklin County
coroner said.
Castro, 53, had been taken off suicide watch while in county jail and was in protective custody in prison, which involves checks every 30 minutes. He had been sentenced Aug. 1 to life in prison plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to 937 counts, including kidnapping and rape, in a deal to avoid the death penalty. “I’m not a monster. I’m sick,” he told the judge at sentencing.

Castro’s captives — Amanda Berry,
Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20. They were rescued from Castro’s run-down house May 6 when Berry broke through a screen door. Elation over the women’s rescue turned to shock as details emerged about their captivity. Castro fathered a child with Berry while she was being held. The girl was 6 when she was freed.

Investigators said the women were
bound, repeatedly raped and
deprived of food and bathroom
facilities.
Berry’s cousin Tina Miller said
Thursday the suicide showed Castro
was not as strong as the three women he kidnapped, raped and imprisoned.

“Killing yourself, that’s not strength.
Surviving it is strength, and that’s
what them girls did — they survived
it for 11, 10 and 9 years,” said Miller,
of Lorain in northeast Ohio.

Tito DeJesus, who knew Castro for
two decades and often played in
bands with him, said he wasn’t
shocked by the suicide, especially
given Castro’s reference to taking his
life in a 2004 note police found when they searched the house.

“It was either he killed himself or
somebody was going to do it,”
DeJesus, 39, of Cleveland, said
Thursday. “He wasn’t going to last
long in prison.”
Tito DeJesus said he is not a direct
relation to Gina DeJesus.

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