Ariel Castro was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to kidnapping, raping, and falsely imprisoning three young girls for years.  An investigation into his suicide found that the two prison guards didn’t perform their duties.  They falsified prison records to reflect them making rounds that they didn’t make.  In addition, the investigation has found that Castro may have died accidentally because of “auto-erotic asphyxiation.”  At his sentencing, Castro claimed he was addicted to sex. 

Castro was found in his cell dead September 3rd at 9:18 p.m., according to the Ohio Department for Rehabilitation and Correction.  The report found that the prison guards failed to make their rounds eight times between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.  The document said that “post log books were falsified” and that “there was no satisfactory verification process in place” to ensure they aren’t.  He left no suicide note, which could have contributed to the new possible cause of death.  The reported says that Castro’s intentions are unclear and that the Ohio State Highway Patrol should consider the possibility of accidental asphyxiation.

“He was hanging from a hinge in the window of his cell by a sheet wrapped around his neck,” said the report, “These facts…were relayed to the Ohio State Highway Patrol for consideration.”

The relevance of some findings, such as a Bible open to John chapters 2 and 3 and the arrangement of family pictures are unknown. 

The department said “there appears to be no known, substantiated motivation for the self-inflicted death.” 

Officials “reviewed several sources of information in an attempt to determine the motivation” for the suicide since “Castro left no suicide note and had previously shown no suicidal ideations…”

This information was disclosed in an after-action review report.  Prison medical staff tried to revive Castro, but was unsuccessful.  It is unclear whether the prison guards will be terminated, if any disciplinary action will be taken, it will be determined by the Ohio State Highway Patrol at the conclusion of their investigation.  They were placed on leave pending the outcome.  Michelle Knight, Georgina DeJesus, and Amanda Berry were held for roughly 10 years in Castro’s home before Berry escaped contacting police.

While some may be happy that Castro is dead, it begs the question of what else the prison guards could be falsify in the records and what other duties they are not performing adequately.

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  1. Lon Spector says:

    Prison guards are often lax in performing their duties. That’s how people end up dead in
    prison. Like the serial killer Jeffery Dahamer.


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