Kidnapper told girl's mum 'she's my wife' in phone call
Kidnapper Ariel Castro called the mother of one of his victims to say her daughter was now his wife, police interrogation tapes have revealed.
He used the mobile phone belonging to the abducted teenager Amanda Berry to make the call so that it could not be traced to him.
He also told officers that Ms Berry was finally able to escape his Ohio house after a decade of captivity, only because he responded to the pleading of the six-year-old daughter whom he fathered with her, and left her bedroom door unlocked.
An investigation is under way into how Castro, pictured, hanged himself in an Ohio prison. He was found dead in his cell on Tuesday.
His suicide came barely a month after he was jailed for life plus 1,000 years for abducting, imprisoning and raping his three female victims.
The former school bus driver (53) made a series of chilling admissions to police.
Most stomach-churning was his account of the call that he made to Louwana Miller, after he kidnapped Amanda, the evening before her 17th birthday, in April 2003.
"I think I said. . . that I have her daughter and that she's okay and that she's my wife now," Castro said in the police tapes broadcast by US channel, NBC.
He admitted his own amazement that he had been able to get away with his horrific crimes for so long, describing several close calls.
There were surveillance cameras at the school of Gina DeJesus that should have caught him on video there just 15 minutes before he lured his daughter's closest friend, then aged 14, into his car in 2004, he said.
And he also thought his then girlfriend might have realised something was amiss after he abducted his first victim, Michelle Knight (20) in 2002.
The woman heard a TV in the upstairs bedroom where Ms Knight was captive.
"She says, 'What is that? You have a TV on up there?' And my heart started beating, and I was like, 'Okay, she's probably catching on to something," he said.
"Was it a close call?" an officer asked. "Yeah," Castro replied.
Gina DeJesus's aunt, Janice Smith, said the families had mixed emotions on Castro's suicide.
"It means hopefully we won't have to hear about Mr Castro no more," she told CNN. (©Daily Telegraph, London)