Ariel Castro death a suicide by hanging

Ariel Castro

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, the man who held Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus in captivity for over a decade, was found hanging in his jail cell at 9:20pm Tuesday. After prison medics tried to revive him Castro was transferred to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52pm.

Early Wednesday morning that a prison official said Castro’s death was believed to be a suicide.

Castro had been kept away from the general prison population because the judge sentencing him told him there was no place in this world for a criminal of his variety. He was in protective custody, meaning he was checked on every 30 minutes, but was not on suicide watch. Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts of murder, rape and kidnapping in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. But in the end it looks like he chose not to live after all.

“I will live on,” Michelle Knight said to her captor, facing him in court. “You will die a little every day.” It turns out to have been a bit of an understatement.

As much as the progressives among us may oppose capital punishment, it’s hard to imagine anyone lamenting Castro choosing to end his own life. Even his own brother said he was a “monster who should rot in jail.” Perhaps the only downside is that he didn’t rot nearly long enough. Castro was 53.

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