September 6, 2013 7:59 AM EST
Cleveland Kidnapper, Ariel Castro, Kills Himself; Twitter Reacts
It's the disgusting and unexpected ending to one of the most heinous crime cases of the year: Ariel Castro was pronounced dead at 10:52 pm Tuesday night, after serving only 34 days of his life plus 1,000 year imprisonment for the kidnapping and sexual assault of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, and Gina DeJesus over the course of a decade. Castro abducted three girls from Clevelandon following dates:
- Amanda Marie Berry went missing on April 21, 2003, one day before her 17th birthday
- Michelle Knight disappeared on August 22, 2002, after leaving a cousin's house
- Georgina "Gina" Lynn DeJesus went missing at age 14
According to CNN, Coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak told that 52 years old Ariel Castro hanged himself with a bed sheet; Castro was being held at the Correctional Reception Centre in Orient. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor commented on Castro's suicide: "These degenerate molesters are cowards," Timothy J. McGinty said. "... This man couldn't take, for even a month, a small portion of what he had dished out for more than a decade."
Castro was arrested on May 6, 2013.On July 26, 2013, Castro pleaded guilty to 937 criminal counts
- 139 counts of rape
- 177 counts of kidnapping,
- 2 counts of attempted murder
- Other charges Included total of 937 counts
On August 1, 2013, Castro was sentenced to life imprisonment, plus 1,000 years. The court imposed a fine on Castro of $100,000 and ordered his property seized and forfeited to the Cuyahoga County government.
Does anybody else feel like he was a coward ? The man who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade has been in prison for less than a year just committed suicide.It's a slap to the face for his victims and no matter how society looks at it he will never get to pay for his crimes. After everything he put those women through, Castro couldn't handle being imprisoned.
Victims of Ariel Castro's violence have expressed "mixed feelings" about his suicide in prison.
Amanda Berry helped free the victims On May 6, 2013 by breaking the door and called out to help. Berry has not yet commented on Castro's death.
Gina DeJesus' aunt Jackie Figaro Roman reportedly admitted that her niece and Michelle Knight were going through a "mixture of emotions" when told of their former abductor's suicide. Gina's mother Nancy is no longer exasperated with Castro rather Nancy pities Castro.
"Gina is a little confused. We are trying to protect her because we have to remember, she was a 14-year-old girl (when she was kidnapped)," "But Gina and Michelle won't have to think about him because he's not around anymore."
"Nancy probably feels bad for him," said Jackie in an interview with MailOnline, adding, "We have a very strong, spiritual family and so does Ariel Castro. She doesn't care about him, she's just happy her daughter is home. She doesn't feel any anger."
His death is not a punishment, rotting in a cell would have been the worst, apparently he tried to control his victims one last time and deny them justice.
Ariel Castro's suicide has sparked swift reactions on social media here are some tweets: .
Ariel Castro killed himself in prison. Sleep well Amanda berry Gina de Jesus and Michelle knight!!!
Ariel Castro found hung in his prison cell... best news I've heard in a while
For the first time, I found myself saying "Good" when I read the news about Ariel Castro.
now THATS a happy ending!!! Ariel Castro found hanged in prison cell http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/04/ariel-castro-hung-prison/2761177/ ... via @USATODAY
Periwinkle Jones @peachesanscream Plus, Ariel Castro's death shows how strong his three victims are: they survived 10 years without their freedom. He couldn't survive a month
#ariel castro He won't be missed.
Death is too easy for a man like Ariel Castro, unfortunately he's taken the easy way out
Woke up to seeing Ariel Castro has been found dead. Maybe it offers these girls some additional peace
So Ariel Castro couldn't stand being locked up and has committed suicide, pity he didn't get to know how his kidnap victims felt for 10 yrs!
Ariel Castro is dead. It's sad...because I would have liked to subject him to years of torture first.
Very sad that Ariel Castro was able to dictate the terms of his death. I would have preferred he rot in jail for the rest of his life.
On July 9, 2013, by releasing a video statement thanking the public for their support, Berry, DeJesus, and Knight broke their silence for the first time since their rescue from the house of horror.
Below are the videos of entire horrifying case: