Cleveland kidnapper Castro discovered hung in cell

Thomas Lifson
Ariel Castro, the monster who kidnapped and kept 3 girls imprisoned for decades in his basement raping and impregnating them, is dead, and already burning in hell, I trust. Fox News reports:

A statement from the Ohio Department of Corrections said Ariel Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in the town of Orient at 9:20 p.m. local time. After prison medical staff attempted to perform life-saving measures, Castro was transferred to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.

Castro's death is being investigated by the Ohio State Police and the Department of Corrections. According to the statement from the latter, Castro was being kept in protective custody, isolated from other inmates due to his high profile, and was subject to checks every 30 minutes. He was in the cell by himself when he was found. Department spokeswoman JoEllen Smith told the Associated Press that Castro was not on suicide watch, which entails constant surveillance.

I have to wonder what he used to hang himself.  Bed sheets?  Shoelaces?  I would have thought that prison authorities would have denied him any implements with which to kill himself.

On the one hand, the State of Ohio no longer has to feed and guard him for the remainder of his life, but on the other, his victims are being denied the what they had looked forward to. At his sentencing, his victim Michelle Knight spoke:

"You took 11 years of my life away, and I have got it back," she said in the hushed courtroom. "I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning."

Castro will never adequately pay for his crimes, but if you believe in God then you know that he is facing justice the likes of which we cannot imagine. Heronimus Bosch tried, though:


Ariel Castro, the monster who kidnapped and kept 3 girls imprisoned for decades in his basement raping and impregnating them, is dead, and already burning in hell, I trust. Fox News reports:

A statement from the Ohio Department of Corrections said Ariel Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in the town of Orient at 9:20 p.m. local time. After prison medical staff attempted to perform life-saving measures, Castro was transferred to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.

Castro's death is being investigated by the Ohio State Police and the Department of Corrections. According to the statement from the latter, Castro was being kept in protective custody, isolated from other inmates due to his high profile, and was subject to checks every 30 minutes. He was in the cell by himself when he was found. Department spokeswoman JoEllen Smith told the Associated Press that Castro was not on suicide watch, which entails constant surveillance.

I have to wonder what he used to hang himself.  Bed sheets?  Shoelaces?  I would have thought that prison authorities would have denied him any implements with which to kill himself.

On the one hand, the State of Ohio no longer has to feed and guard him for the remainder of his life, but on the other, his victims are being denied the what they had looked forward to. At his sentencing, his victim Michelle Knight spoke:

"You took 11 years of my life away, and I have got it back," she said in the hushed courtroom. "I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning."

Castro will never adequately pay for his crimes, but if you believe in God then you know that he is facing justice the likes of which we cannot imagine. Heronimus Bosch tried, though: