Ariel Castro

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Castro Had Been on Suicide Watch Through June

Ohio to conduct 2 reviews, one customary, one specific to Castro

(Newser) - Ariel Castro wasn't on suicide watch when he hanged himself on Tuesday , but he had been previously. Much of the media—as well as Ohio's prison system—is still asking why and how, with much of the focus zeroing in on why he wasn't on suicide watch....

Ariel Castro Kills Himself in Prison Cell

Cleveland kidnapper hanged self with sheet, wasn't on suicide watch

(Newser) - Ariel Castro has been found dead in his prison cell just 35 days into his life-plus-1,000-years sentence for keeping three women captive in his home for a decade. The 53-year-old hanged himself, say officials at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. Prison officials found his body about 9:...

Ariel Castro's House Demolished

Victim Michelle Knight hands out balloons before demolition

(Newser) - At Ariel Castro's expense , the house where he held his kidnap victims for more than 10 years was reduced to rubble today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Onlookers and media, assembled before dawn, saw kidnap victim Michelle Knight distribute balloons to neighbors before the demolition. The balloons were released,...

Ariel Castro Has to Pay $22K to Raze House

Cleveland home is being torn down tomorrow

(Newser) - The house where Ariel Castro kept his kidnap victims hostage for a decade is getting torn down tomorrow, and Castro himself has to foot the bill, reports NBC News . As part of his plea deal to avoid the death penalty, Castro must pay the bank $22,000 to cover the...

Ariel Castro Says He's No 'Monster,' Blames Porn

As he's sentenced to life in prison without parole

(Newser) - Ariel Castro has been sentenced to life without parole for kidnapping and other charges related to the three women he held captive in his home for 10 years, the AP reports. Castro spoke at his sentencing hearing today, insisting that "these people are trying to paint me as a...

Michelle Knight to Castro: &#39;Your Hell Is Just Beginning&#39;
Michelle Knight to Castro: 'Your Hell Is Just Beginning'
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Michelle Knight to Castro: 'Your Hell Is Just Beginning'

She testifies at sentencing hearing

(Newser) - Michelle Knight offered heartbreaking testimony today at Ariel Castro's sentencing hearing , describing how much she missed her son during her 11-year ordeal. "I cried every night. I was so alone. I worried what would happen to me and the other girls every day," she said, according to...

Castro, Victim Will Speak at Today's Sentencing

Kidnapped women kept diaries of horrific abuse

(Newser) - Ariel Castro's sentencing is today and the hearing is expected to feature horrific details of the abuse the three women he kidnapped suffered over a decade, as well as testimony from at least one victim and Castro himself, CNN reports. Prosecutors have revealed that the women kept diaries documenting...

Amanda Berry Steps Out, Dances With Nelly

Cleveland kidnap victim draws huge cheers in first public appearance

(Newser) - Amanda Berry let about a day go by after Ariel Castro agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison , and then stuck her head out in public in a big way: As ABC reports, the 27-year-old not only attended Cleveland's RoverFest 2013 yesterday, she appeared onstage as...

Ariel Castro to Spend Rest of Life in Prison

He accepts plea deal; case will not go to trial

(Newser) - Ariel Castro will spend the rest of his life in prison. The Cleveland man, accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade, has accepted a plea deal, reports the AP . He will plead guilty and be handed a sentence of life without parole plus 1,...

Judge Orders Ariel Castro: Keep Your Eyes Open

He pleads not guilty, gets admonished about looking down

(Newser) - Ariel Castro insists he's an innocent man, despite the 977 charges filed against him in the Cleveland kidnapping case . He pleaded not guilty to all of them in court today, reports Reuters . Maybe the most interesting part of the arraignment was the judge ordering Castro to keep his head...

648 New Charges Filed Against Ariel Castro

Brings total to 977

(Newser) - Accused kidnapper Ariel Castro has had 648 new counts added to his indictment, bringing the grand total to 977. To break it down, the entire indictment is 576 pages, and includes: 512 counts of kidnapping, 446 counts of rape, seven counts of gross sexual imposition, six counts of felonious assault,...

Don&#39;t Feel Too Soothed by Kidnap Victims&#39; Video
Don't Feel Too Soothed
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Don't Feel Too Soothed by Kidnap Victims' Video

Meghan Daum: Happy messages can't wash away how their community failed them

(Newser) - Chances are you've come across the video from the Cleveland kidnap victims this week in which the three women vow not to be defined by that horror. Good for them, because "these women deserve the happiest endings they can possibly find," writes Meghan Daum in the Los ...

Cleveland Kidnap Victims Break Silence

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight thank public for support

(Newser) - Two months after their dramatic rescue , three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade have issued a YouTube video in which they thank the public for the encouragement and financial support that is allowing them to restart their lives. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight broke...

Ariel Castro: I Want to See My 6-Year-Old

Judge says no, declares him competent for trial

(Newser) - Ariel Castro, charged with holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for a decade, is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled today. Judge Michael Russo said the results of an examination last week showed that Castro is mentally able to understand the charges and assist attorneys in his...

Castro Set for Competency Test Today

Three women want the case over as quickly as possible

(Newser) - Ariel Castro will undergo an evaluation to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ordered yesterday. Although the defense and the prosecution agree Castro is competent, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Russo said he wants to make sure Castro is able to understand the charges...

Ariel Castro Pleads Not Guilty

Faces more than 300 counts, including murder, rape, kidnapping

(Newser) - Ariel Castro pleaded not guilty to more than 300 counts this morning, a raft of charges that included two counts of aggravated murder, 139 counts of rape, and 177 counts of kidnapping. The murder charges are tied to his termination of one of the women's pregnancies. Castro was silent...

Cleveland Captives See Outpouring of Financial Help

Trust fund to be split evenly among four victims

(Newser) - A month after three women and a young girl were found captive in a Cleveland home , Reuters checks in on the victims' situation, or at least their financial state. The Cleveland Courage Fund, a tax-free trust set up in their name, has been flooded with donations and now totals $825,...

Cleveland Kidnap Victims' Choice: Do They Want the Dogs?

Three women deciding whether to keep Ariel Castro's pets

(Newser) - As they continue their recuperation, the three Cleveland kidnap victims have an unusual choice to make, reports ABC News . Do they want Ariel Castro's three dogs? The chihuahua and two terrier-poodle mixes are in a foster home for the time being until the women decide. "I think it'...

Sources: 2 Cleveland Victims Have Injuries 'Like POWs'

More details of women's horrific ordeal emerge

(Newser) - Two of the women held in captivity for a decade at the home of Ariel Castro suffered severe malnourishment and have injuries from which it will take them a long time to recover, sources close to the investigation tell Reuters . Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight appear to have been treated...

Ariel Castro No 'Monster': Lawyers

He'll plead not guilty in Cleveland kidnapping case

(Newser) - He stands accused of holding three women captive for a decade —two of whom apparently have POW-like injuries —yet Ariel Castro's attorneys insist he's not a bad guy. "The initial portrayal by the media has been one of a 'monster' and that's not...

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