New report claims that Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may not have committed suicide

Via ABC News

Via ABC News

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may not have committed suicide after all.  Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell last month after being sent to prison for life after holding three women hostage for nearly a decade.

Via ABC News:

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may have died from auto-erotic asphyxiation, not suicide, and two prison guards falsified logs documenting their observation of him in the hours before he died, the state said Thursday.

Castro’s pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles when he was found, leading the state to forward those facts to the state highway patrol to consider the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation, according to the report from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The report suggests — but does not conclude — that Castro may have died as the result of auto-erotic asphyxiation, whereby individuals achieve sexual satisfaction by briefly choking themselves into unconsciousness.

Castro did not leave a suicide note and “multiple levels of assessment” did not find tendency toward suicide, the report said. A comprehensive mental health evaluation found “no evidence of serious mental illness or indications for suicide precautions were present,” according to the report.

While the world is certainly safer without Castro in it, I find it interesting  that he may not have been a coward who took his own life for fear of having to face a lifetime in prison, as many reports suggested after his death. I admit my first reaction was that his alleged suicide was the result of him not being able to deal with all of his power being stripped away. For a man who lived and thrived off of his power, brutality, and control over helpless women he stole from their lives, it seemed like Castro would be the type of criminal who wouldn’t take to life in prison too well. It turns out that Castro was just reckless and may have killed himself by accident.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted October 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    I find it interesting that he may not have been a coward who took his own life for fear of having to face a lifetime in prison,
    My father shot himself in the head, in his car when I was 9 years old: he’d battled depression all his life, and he finally succeeded. He suffered from depression, and I’ve had to hide how he died because of ignorant and cruel attitudes like yours.
    How many times have you heard people mocking someone who’s “lost their marbles” and gone to the “funny farm?” I’ve finally shut them up by joking about cancer victims.
    I loath Castro and like Dalmer wasn’t upset when I found they’d died. This isn’t about them, but the insensitive remark.

  2. Posted October 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I find it more likely that someone decided he was guilty and executed him.

  3. Posted October 11, 2013 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    A comprehensive mental health evaluation found “no evidence of serious mental illness or indications for suicide precautions were present,” according to the report.

    On a side note, given the recent bout of stigma-fighting after NBC anchor Brian Williams called Castro arguably the face the mental illness, I’m very happy to read this sentence, plain as day.

    • Posted October 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

      The State definitions of mental illness as opposed to culpability are a bit narrow and weird. This isn’t the first time people have been declared sane after committing the kind of crimes that no sane or normal person would want to commit.

      Personally I think he was mad as a march hare, and the whole thing is horrific and tragic.

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