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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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31.

Carl    

Now the taxpayer money paying for his upkeep can be used for something of a far greater benefit to society, like picking up roadkill on the side of the road.

380 days ago
32.

jaguirre87    

I'm pissed by it. ****en piece of **** took the easy way out. I can handle murders and drug dealers but rapist should get the fullest punishment without taking the cowards way out

380 days ago
33.

mrharrybawls2012    

Looks like Ariel's pinching a loaf in that photograph.

380 days ago
34.

Mee    

Why was he ALLOWED to take himself out of the miserable hell

380 days ago
35.

The Atlanta Church Of Satan     

Now that really spoils the plans the other prisoners had for him.

380 days ago
36.

bbb1bbb2    

May He Rotten In HE!! 4Ever, I Pray 4 The 3 Women That Servied There Pure He!! Now They Can Breathe Easier Sense There Demon Is Dead. 2 Mr. Castro U Just Saved The Great State Of Ohio A Lot Of Money So Thank-U Mr. Castro 4 Hanging Your Self .

380 days ago
37.

HillbillyHell    

Took the easy way out, mother****er.

380 days ago
38.

Toilethead    

Good! He saved the state a ton of money and now perhaps his victims can really start putting his crimes behind them.

380 days ago
39.

Rodger12    

Godo for him

380 days ago
40.

mrharrybawls2012    

Who do you think should play Ariel in the TV movie on his life? I vote for Philip Seymour Hoffman and that guy who played Screech on Saved By The Bell should be the Sherrif.

380 days ago
41.

Neezy206    

Damn.... no shanking in the yard. Thats a bummer. What a chickensh*t piece of crap. Good riddance. Earth wont miss you

380 days ago
42.

Morticia Cowghoul    

HOOOORAY!!!!!
now that is justice.
he needs to be off the earth.
it would have been nice to see him suffer for life, but i'd rather him dead.

380 days ago
43.

hotpad    

Noooooo!!!! He should had rotted in prison!!!!

380 days ago
44.

WISENHEIMER    

He could dish it out, but he couldn't take it. #@$*!

380 days ago
45.

nanners    

Couldn't of happened to a better person..too bad. There was no torture to go with it..now all affected can better safe and sure he will never enjoy anything in life, not even air!

380 days ago
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