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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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76.

Faunmax    

I wouldn't be surprised if he had a little help.

381 days ago
77.

SqMe2013    

THANK YOU!! I live in Ohio & had no desire whatsoever to support this demented f*ck for years to come. I detest any freak of nature that claims "sex addict, porn addict" .... you have a choice & this one chose his course & I appreciate him removing himself from humanity.

381 days ago
78.

TAMMY    

No tears here. Too bad he took the easy way out.

381 days ago
79.

DIAMOND    

Sooner rather than later. He sentenced himself. Something he deserved

381 days ago
80.

biggie    

so he took 1000 years rather than die,and one lucky prisioner got to change that,nice u know who u our

381 days ago
81.

Carole    

Who gives a damn?

381 days ago
82.

Brunie    

ROT IN HELL

381 days ago
83.

jackie    

this guy was held for 4 months and couldn't handle it! just imagine those poor girls for 10 years, glad he is dead

381 days ago
84.

thomas    

Shows what good care the Ohio prison sysem takes of inmates. Did they by chance leave a rope in his cell?

381 days ago
85.

Spanky    

Wow!!

381 days ago
86.

Luz    

Shows how karma works!

381 days ago
87.

hoosier    

Not that I care, but a little suspicious

381 days ago
88.

Quinn    

It really did save the taxpayers money. It costs on average $34,000.00 to house one prisoner. Now, that being said, I feel it would have been nice had he suffered in prison a bit longer. Say about ten years. But hey, I take solace in the fact that he's burning in hell. Now if only the gangbangers, child molesters, and drug pushers would follow suit.

381 days ago
89.

Usagal    

May he spend eternity in hell.

381 days ago
90.

taz    

This man could hold three women hostage for over ten years, but he couldn't face being locked up, how hypocritical of him. The world seems a little brighter today.

381 days ago
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