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
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
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
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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Barely a year after a child was
reportedly born with a copy of the
Holy Quran in Lagos and another born with an Islamic rosary, (Tesbah) in Sagamu, Ogun State. Last Tuesday, another amazing event occurred at Owode Onirin, Ikorodu, Lagos; as images of some clerics who died decades ago were believed to have made sudden appearances on the walls
of Dawiz Central Mosque in the area.
When Vanguard visited the mosque,
thousands of people and passers-by
storm the mosque to have a glimpse.
The images were identified as that of
late Sheikh Ahmada Tijani, (Algeria)
Sheikh Ibraheem Niass, (Senegal)
Sheikh Jamiu Bulala (Nigeria).
Although the images were not clear as at the time Vanguard visited, but those who spoke to Vanguard said the images were clearer on Tuesday when they were first noticed.
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The future is finally here! The most
anticipated device on the planet this
year has finally dropped!
Putting an end to all the leaks, rumors and phantom specs, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 3 and Gear at an exciting Global Unpack event in Berlin, Germany last night. Samsung mobile
fans in Nigeria were able to watch the event via a Live Stream on the Samsung Mobile Nigeria Facebook page and YouTube channel. If you missed it, no worries you can still enjoy the global event here.
For lovers of mobile technology and
the large display domain, the Galaxy
Note 3 represents the pinnacle of raw mobile power. The thinner and lighter Galaxy Note 3 has ditched the plastic rear casing found on previous versions, instead opting for a faux-leather finish, complete with stitching amidst some mind-blowing hardware specs that
make everything so fast and so simple.
The 1920 x 1080 resolution display is accompanied by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-
megapixel camera, 32 or 64 GB of
storage with microSD card support,
and a big 3,200 mAh battery. Simply
put, this means the Galaxy Note 3 is
creative tornado in the palm of your
The Galaxy Gear is a glanceable
notification device, informing you of
incoming calls, texts, messages and
alerts. But the Gear also has some
clever integration with Samsung’s
smartphones, so when you take the
phone out of your pocket, those
messages instantly appear on the big
screen. Wow. Fun thing is, it comes in some cute colors as well!
The Enhanced S Pen brings with it a
number of new software features,
including Air Command, which pulls up a radial menu for quick access to built-in stylus-friendly apps like Actions Memos, S Note, Scrapbook, and S Finder. Air Command can be accessed from anywhere in the
operating system by simply hovering
the S Pen just above the screen and
pressing the button on the stylus.
The Galaxy Note 3 and the gear hits
stores on October 2013, but you can
avoid the rush and pre-order one here now and have it delivered to you free, anywhere in Nigeria.
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The world’s bendiest woman and
record holder can effortlessly contort
herself into the most improbable shapes. Russian-born Julia Guenthel, can twist herself like a snake into the most extreme poses imaginable and has broken numerous world records for her flexibility. She has been contorting herself since she was four. She is also a former gymnast who can cram herself
into a 50cm squared box.
She says she does not watch what she eats to stay in such good shape but has to work out rigorously every day. Doing these poses just feels very
natural to me. Sometimes it can get a
bit uncomfortable if I have to hold a
pose for a long time in photo shoots.
But I think that’s like anyone who sits down for a long time – their muscles get stiff, she said. More photos after the cut.
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Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan will be in Kenya this weekend. Aside the Kenyan President who awaits him,
Kenya’s BBA-The Chase Contestant,
Huddah Monroe is also waiting for the president. She said she has always had a crush on him. See her tweet;
Make Patience Catch You! Lol.
Btw, Noble Igwe is working towards
flying her to Nigeria to co-host a show with Ebuka in October.
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People who think Afrocandy is
stepping down soon had better have a re-think. The porn star shared photos of herself demonstrating how to knock down people who won’t let you get through. She sings; we no go gree o, we no go gree, we never tire, we no go gree…
Here is how she captioned the photos;
“No time to slack.Sometime you got to fight your way through, knock em all out, take it by force and who no know go know……we no go gree oh !….we no go gree…we never tire we no go gree !….lol lol
But do we have other porn stars in
Nigeria? No one is trying to stop you mama! Enjoy.
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Culled from Punch
Two weeks after his son flew from Benin City to Lagos in the wheel compartment of an aircraft belonging to Arik Air, Daniel Ohikhena’s father denies claims
that he abandoned his family.
Little is known about Daniel Ohikhena, the 13-year-old
stowaway who flew from Benin
City to Lagos in the wheel
compartment of a plane
belonging to Arik Air, by his
schoolmates at Ogbe Junior
Secondary School in the Edo State capital.
Shortly before his celebrated
escapade, Daniel’s mother, Mrs.
Evelyn Ohikhena, had
withdrawn him from a private
secondary school for want of
money to pay his tuition fees.
She had enrolled him in OJSS,
which was about 500 metres
from her residence.
Investigation by our correspondent
shows that the teenager had spent only a term in his new school before
embarking on the dangerous
adventure. A source said, on condition of anonymity, that Daniel joined the school, popularly known as ‘Ezoti Junior’ just before the end of the third term.
A youth named Festus, who also
resides in the same neighbourhood as the stowaway boy, said the latter was not popular in the area.
“We hardly know him. It was recently that we heard he lives in the neighbourhood. I have not seen much of him. He was very quiet at school. I have not known him for long,”
However, events took a dramatic turn on Tuesday when the boy’s father, Osaigbovo Ohikhena, 44, materialised as if from nowhere. Earlier, his wife (Daniel’s mother) had claimed that they did not live together. Mr. Ohikhena, who is a driver by profession, said he had been separated from his family for a year because of a misunderstanding between him and Daniel’s mum. But he denied the latter’s claim that he abandoned his family.
“I always pay my children’s school fees and provide money for their feeding regularly, contrary to claims that I abandoned my family. After I lost my job, I decided to move to a cheaper apartment and told my wife that they should move in with me. But she refused and continued to stay in the three-bedroom flat. My new residence is located on Siluko Road. I decided to come here (Government House) to tell
the world that I am the father of
“Initially, when I heard the news, I
thought my son was kidnapped. But
my wife said I should calm down and she promised to get back to me when everything is finally okay. I never dreamt of going to America nor am I married to another woman. My wife refused to give the DSS my phone number when they asked for it,”
Giving an insight to what could have been responsible for the teenager’s strange behaviour, an expert and sociologist at the University of Benin, Dr Kingsley Omoyibo, described him
as suffering from maladjusted
personality, due to inability to mix.
Omoyibo did not only warn against
labelling the teenager a criminal
because of his action; he recommended that the youngster be made to undergo rehabilitation.
Noting that what happened to Daniel could have resulted from his
experience in his home, the don urged the boy’s parents to live up to their responsibilities in order to prevent untoward behaviour from their children in the future.
“Like we learnt, the boy is a
recluse. He has a withdrawn
personality because he does not mix.
This is why he acts the way he does.
This condition is capable of making
him do damage not only to himself, but to his siblings and his immediate
“The boy needs to be rehabilitated.
Although we cannot say that his
attempt to stowaway in the wheel
compartment of an aircraft is criminal behaviour, it is a devious act that must have been propelled by lack of adequate parental care. I do not know the background, but what we can extrapolate from this is that the home is not stable.
“You will find out that there is a lacuna in the upbringing of the boy and consequently, it has affected the way he reasons and appreciates societal issues. The way he sees the complexity of society is different from a child that has complete socialization. The boy is suffering from maladjusted personality.
“Indeed, that child, I still maintain, is
not a criminal. In the process of
maladjustment, he is exposed to odious things. For a child to keep all night watching films, it tells a lot about his state of mind.”
Now that a group known as De RAUFS has offered the teenage stowaway scholarship up to university level, it is the duty of his parents to seek ways of reshaping his character for a better future.
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D’Banj is apparently in France on the invitation of Hennessy. The Nigerian pop star is the sole headliner for this year’s Hennessy Artistry and he has already released the theme track for this year’s project. He arrived France this morning from the US where he
attended Davido’s sister’s wedding.
According to his people, he is already in Cognac (The home of Hennessy) where he’s staying at the Chateau De Bangolet. Others on the visit are his manager Tony Nwakalor, Hennessy Brand manager Lere Awokoya, Marketing Manager Moet Hennessy Nigeria David Hourdry, Bolaji Kekere-Eku of 37th State and Ayeni Adekunle of BHM. D’Banj is staying in the same
room where General Charles De Gaulle stayed when he visited the Hennessy mansion.
See more photos below.
Hennessy Ambassador, Cyrille Gautier-Auriol, Hennessy Artistry 2013 Headliner, Dbanj and Brand Manager, Moet Hennessy, Lere Awokoya at the Chateau De Bagnolet, the home of Hennessy in Cognac, France yesterday, September 4, 2013.
Marketing Manager, Moet Hennesy,
David Hourdry, Hennessy Ambassador, Cyrille Gautier-Auriol, Hennessy Artistry 2013 Headliner, Dbanj and brother, Kay Switch at the Chateau De Bagnolet, the home of Hennessy in Cognac, France yesterday, September 4,
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