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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…

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,…

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,…

Hundreds of neighbors cheer as Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus return home

Two women who were kept for years against their will in an Ohio house finally returned home on Wednesday, as police prepared to charge three brothers in connection with the abductions. Amanda Berry, 27, was brought under police guard to her sister’s home in Cleveland and was welcomed by a…

Ariel Castro of Cleveland charged with kidnapping and rape

A 52-year-old US man has been charged with kidnapping and rape in connection with the abduction in Cleveland of three women who went missing a decade ago, a city prosecutor said Wednesday. Ariel Castro is accused of raping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight during their time in captivity…

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