Wednesday 17 January 2018

US police conclude that kidnapper Ariel Castro committed suicide

Ariel Castro
Ariel Castro

US police have concluded that Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro committed suicide by hanging weeks into a life sentence with no chance for parole.

The final report by the Ohio State Highway Patrol rejects a suggestion that the 53-year-old Castro might have died accidentally while seeking a thrill through a sex act.

Prison consultants reached the same conclusion.

The report released today includes a copy of a note titled "My kids and grandkids" with 12 handwritten names interspersed with hand-drawn hearts, musical notes, flowers and a cross.

The report also includes a copy of a second note with several handwritten Bible quotes.

Castro, who killed himself on September 3 in prison, was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to abducting and imprisoning three women in Cleveland for a decade.

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