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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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46.

J    

Even if this was an inside job nobody would care to investigate. 2013 has probably been the best year for these 3 girls thus far. Funny how he couldn't handle being caged up like his victims.. But hopefully these girls can now find peace and truly move forward

384 days ago
47.

mrharrybawls2012    

Was it murder.....or was it suicide?? Hi, I'm Vincent Price....and no one can escape the evil of .......the Thriller!!!!!mwahahahaa!!!!!

383 days ago
48.

Cecilia     

I don't know how I feel about this. I agree tax dollars are better spent this housing and feeding him, but I can't help thinking..If there are other victims - and there very well could be, going back 35 years there could be victims, now we'll probably never know.

383 days ago
49.

Bejouxkerr    

So the sick f@€k lasted how many days in captivity, while the girls he held prisoner lasted years....

383 days ago
50.

IceGypsy    

So, he held them captive for over 10 yrs, yet he barley lasted a month as a captive. Coward!!

383 days ago
51.

Havana6    

Any video clips on the hanging

383 days ago
52.

bunny    

What a little bitch ! Not fair at all he should of suffered in jail til he died naturally or by another inmate .. I hope there is hell where he could burn eternally

383 days ago
53.

Alienchicken    

Yes!!! He's burning in hell.

383 days ago
54.

Carriejane    

Good riddance..

383 days ago
55.

South Beach    

Although I regret this POS not enjoying confinement until really old age, the fact that "higher powers" are now controlling his forevermore is consolation.

383 days ago
56.

streetwalker    

yay!

383 days ago
57.

News Flash     

Why did he wait so long...

383 days ago
58.

BoricuaBabe    

Don't forget murderer. May God be merciful.

383 days ago
59.

YorkieLuv    

What a coward !!! He kept them locked for years, & he could not last even half a year in Prison !!

At least the Ohio tax payers will catch a break.. now if only this would catch on in CA !

383 days ago
60.

Jenny    

One the one hand - Yay!!! On the other hand - wish they would've just put him in gen pop at the prison and let nature run it's course. That monster had much to pleasant of a death.

383 days ago
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