Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper who held three women against their will for a decade, has been found hanged in his prison cell.

Castro, 53, was found about 9.20pm yesterday at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, just one month into his 1,000 year prison term.

He was being housed alone in an isolation unit for his protection, where he would be checked every 30 minutes.  Prison officials said that he hanged himself during a break between inspections.

 

Dead: Ariel Castro hanged himself in his prison cell just one month after being sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison

Dead: Ariel Castro hanged himself in his prison cell just one month after being sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison

 
Lonely death: This is an isolation cell at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, like the one where Castro hanged himself Tuesday

Lonely death: This is an isolation cell at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, like the one where Castro hanged himself Tuesday

 

Castro was jailed after keeping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight captive in unimaginable conditions in his house for 10 years.

When prison guards found Castro hanging in his cell on Tuesday, they immediately began trying to resuscitate him.

According to WOIO-TV, guards checked on him every 10 minutes while he was being held in the Cuyahoga County jail awaiting trial.

He had written about killing himself in a self-piteous suicide note he wrote in 2004.

The FBI found the note when they searched his home after his captives were freed.

In an interview last month after Castro’s conviction, Schlachet and attorney Craig Weintraub said their client clearly fit the profile of sociopathic disorder and that they hoped researchers would study him for clues that could be used to stop other predators.

The former school bus driver was sentenced to life in prison, plus 1,000 years after he pleaded guilty to 937 counts of kidnapping, rape and battery.

Castro claimed that he was ‘sick’ but ‘not a monster’ and blamed his barbaric treatment of the three young women to an addiction to pornography and abuse he sustained as a child.

‘I do want to let you know there was harmony in that home. I was a good person,’ he told a court before he was sent away.

He admitted that he kidnapped Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus off the streets of Cleveland and kept them chained and bound in his house of horrors for up to 11 years.

Knight, who was his first victim – taken off the street in 2002 – was in the courtroom at the time of his sentencing. She offered a stinging rebuke of her tormentor.

‘I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning. I will overcome all that happened, but you will face hell for eternity,’ she said.

Castro systematically raped and brutally beat the women, causing them to miscarry several children.

With Berry he fathered a daughter who was not allowed the see the light of day for the first six years of her life.

During his trial, he asked the judge to allowed him to see the little girl. The judge denied his request.

The women’s ordeal was brought to light when Berry broke out of her four-bedroom prison on Seymour Street on Cleveland’s West Side in May.

She told a 911 dispatcher: ‘Help me, I’m Amanda Berry … I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here. I’m free now!

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