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Cleveland kidnapper and jailed rapist Ariel Castro found hanged in prison

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper who held Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Georgina “Gina” DeJesus hostage for almost a decade, took his own life tonight according to a report from CNN. Last month, Castro was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 1,000 years. He pleaded guilty to 937…

House of Cleveland kidnapper, rapist Ariel Castro to be razed on Wednesday

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Workers on Tuesday conducted a final inspection of the rundown Cleveland house where three young women were imprisoned and tortured for roughly a decade, in preparation for its demolition. The razing, scheduled for Wednesday, comes less than a week after Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in…

Christian Website Falls For Ariel Castro’s Pathetic Excuses

For those who missed it, Chris Hayes had the guts to do a segment pointing out what should be obvious but sadly wasn’t for a lot of people: That Ariel Castro’s excuses for himself were evocative of the excuses more ordinary wife beaters and rapists make for themselves every day.…

Watch live: Sentencing for Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro

The sentencing phase begins for Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro who pleaded guilty to more than 900 criminal counts of kidnapping, rape, and aggravated murder. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Aug. 1.…

Witnesses detail Ariel Castro’s abuse: Plastic toilets that were not often emptied

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Witnesses testified in graphic terms on Thursday how Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro abducted three women and imprisoned them for a decade in his home, where he sometimes kept them in chains, isolated from each other and without regular meals. A police officer, a psychiatrist…

Cleveland man who trapped women for years gets life in prison

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A former Cleveland school bus driver who held three women captive for years pleaded guilty on Friday to hundreds of charges of kidnapping and rape, allowing him to avoid the death penalty and instead serve life in prison without parole. At a court hearing,…

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro agrees to plead guilty to avoid death penalty

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro agreed on Friday to plead guilty and serve life in prison without parole for the abduction and abuse of three women over about a decade. Under a plea agreement announced in court, Ohio prosecutors agreed that Castro will not be eligible for…

Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro to appear today at pre-trial hearing

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A former Cleveland school-bus driver accused of holding three women captive in his home and torturing them for a decade is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday. Ariel Castro, 52, pleaded not guilty last week to more than 300…

Cleveland kidnapping suspect indicted on 329 criminal counts

The Cleveland man accused of kidnapping and raping three women while keeping them trapped in his home for a decade was indicted on 329 criminal counts on Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. Among the charges levied against 52-year-old Ariel Castro were 177 counts of kidnapping, 139 counts of rape,…

Watch live: Cleveland kidnapping suspect appears in court

Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping and holding three woman captive in his home for about decade, appears before a judge in Cleveland Municipal Court. His brothers Pedro and Onil also face a judge on charges unrelated to the kidnapping. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on May 9.…

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