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Ariel Castro

Found Dead

Hanging in Prison Cell

9/4/2013 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rapist/kidnapper Ariel Castro -- who had been sentenced to life in prison for the abduction, rape, and torture of 3 Cleveland women he held captive for years -- has been found dead in his Ohio prison cell after apparently committing suicide.

States corrections officials said 53-year-old Castro was found hanging in his cell by prison staff while they were doing rounds at the facility.

Castro -- a former school bus driver -- had been under protective custody in isolation from other inmates. 

Ironic ... considering Castro struck a plea deal that got him life in prison (plus a thousand years) in order to avoid the death penalty. All told he pled guilty to 937 criminal counts, including kidnapping and murder (after forcibly causing one of his victim's to abort a fetus).

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136.

Woot    

Why oh why are we SO full of hate? I understand the anger at what he did, but the seething vitriol here by those who are beyond bitter that Castro will now never face the possibility of getting raped or beaten to near death in prison is scaring me.

325 days ago
137.

Edward    

He's already getting butt-****ed in hell by Hitler

325 days ago
138.

Woot    

Why oh why are we SO full of hate? I understand the anger at what he did, but the seething vitriol here by those who are beyond bitter that Castro will now never face the possibility of getting raped or beaten to near death in prison is scaring me.

325 days ago
139.

Truth44    

FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

325 days ago
140.

Angelgrl9    

Prayers going out to his victims. May they hopefully receive a little more peace knowing he's no longer in this world, but where his kind truly belong. Now is when his hell really begins, for eternity! However you believe, life after death is when karma kicks in. IMO

325 days ago
141.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Yeah baby!! We can only hope Jodi Arias is next up.

325 days ago
142.

Jbsux    

So let ne get this straight u hold 3 women hostage for a decade and u cant take a few months of imprisonment? What a sad sad excuse for a human being. I don't beleif in heaven or hell but its times like this that I really wish I did.

325 days ago
143.

Disgusted    

Good Riddance you pr**k.

325 days ago
144.

lovelyladylumps    

Damn coward.not surprised l.He was a sick,evil,SOB.I HOPE HE ENJOYS BURNING N HELL WHILE HAVING WHAT HE DID DONE TO HIM

325 days ago
145.

Lina    

I don't believe in a hell, or any sort of afterlife (no unequivocal evidence for it), so him taking the easy way out doesn't sit well with me. They should have stripped his cell of everything he could use to kill himself (they should have also had a prisoner lottery to be allowed into this bastard's cell for the chance to give him an ass-raping, IMO); This s***bag deserved a long life of imprisonment and misery, for everything that he did. Now he will never experience it.

I hope that this teaches those working in the prison system that taking a deal to get life in prison instead of the death penalty does not necessarily mean that a criminal DOESN'T want to die... it could just mean that they want some control over how and when they go out. This guy was clearly big on control.

325 days ago
146.

moonglow    

Couldn't take being a "prisoner" for a few "months?" Good. Now he knew how it felt to the women he imprisoned. Good riddence to him. I'm sure Lucifer has the doors WIDE OPEN for this a-hole!!

325 days ago
147.

melanielanderson@live.com    

When these prisoners are sent to prison like rapists and child molesters they should be put in general population and let the inmates have a go at them.
Or let their victims have a go at them.

325 days ago
148.

kathy frederick    

well he finally did something good....now he will stand before the highest judge...GOD..

325 days ago
149.

Jamoak    

More oxygen for the rest of us... may he spend eternity getting done to him what he did to those girls.

325 days ago
150.

What's Reality    

Whatta wimp....he couldn't even deal w/ being locked up for a month after his sentencing but he did it to 3 young girls for 10 years.

May he rot in hell!

325 days ago
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