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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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91.

Carly    

Instead of cutting him down, they should have left him hanging and let the other prisoners play a good, old-fashioned game of piñata.

230 days ago
92.

Jamey Hunter    

I wonder if his family will have the nerve to sue the prison.

230 days ago
93.

Pompano Ann    

This guy is not good enough for Hell, even the Devil doesn't want him, he is somewhere beyound evil, chained and tourtured!

230 days ago
94.

jules    

I wish nothing for this evil dirty soul to burn in hell and rot. He's finally met his maker, slimy piece of ****.

230 days ago
95.

Ambermoon16    

He took the ***** way out. Rot in hell Castro

230 days ago
96.

Jessica    

He's a coward! He took the easy way out, he should have suffered in jail just like he made those girls suffer!

230 days ago
97.

shakedoggy    

well at least he took the plea deal which spared him the death penalty. he didn't wanna put those girls thru anymore hell. admirable.

230 days ago
98.

Blah    

i bet someone killed him and made it look like an accident.

230 days ago
99.

tabimarie1    

All of us in Cleveland are glad....it saved taxpayers some money...It just kinda sucks he took the easy way out,hes a Coward,well...you cant quit hell,theres no easy way out of that.I wonder what amanda,gina and Michelle have to say about this...

230 days ago
100.

Terriwith2arfs    

Yay! A happy ending! You see, wishes do come true!!

230 days ago
101.

Nekru    

Bwahawaa.. for once some good news from TMZ.. burn in hell you hispanic POS.

230 days ago
102.

Fred Farkel    

Olivia Bensen and Elliot Stabler should be checking the alibi of Charles Ramsey...


Thank you

230 days ago
103.

sophiastormy    

Yay, celebration

230 days ago
104.

aquanet    

COWARD!!

230 days ago
105.

todd lee    

Good..now we dont have to pay for his room and board for the next 20 years. Now he can buttfu**ed by satan for the next million years.

230 days ago
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