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Ariel Castro

Ariel Castro

This morning comes word that predator, kidnapper, rapist, torturer and proprietor of the Cleveland “house of horrors” Ariel Castro has hanged himself with a bed sheet in his protective custody cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. He thus completes the first part of his sentence of life plus 1,000 years.

While there will undoubtedly be an investigation into how an inmate who was supposed to be under observation could commit suicide, many of us are not unhappy or dissatisfied  that he served so little time in prison; certainly far less than the decade he imprisoned his three women captives, who turned out to be far more courageous and able to deal with reality  than he was.

What should be the main point, in my opinion, is that this world is now a better place without Mr. Castro sharing our air. It is a small improvement to be sure, but every little bit helps. Now he can begin serving the thousand-year second part of his sentence in hell, where he properly belongs. Let us just hope that the warden down there tacks on some additional time for bad behavior; say, eternity.

12 Responses to Completing His Sentence

  1. TaylorUK14 says:

    I don’t think anyone is ‘wired’ to be violent. People are ‘wired’ with things like narcissism and antisocial personality disorder but not violence. Violence is a choice. Plenty of people from abusive homes, who were molested and who suffer from these disorders never physically harm anyone. Some of them turn out to be the most successful people in our society.

    People like Ariel Castro always have a choice. The best I have ever heard the concept explained (by Douglas and Olshaker) is that not one of these guys has ever committed a violent sexual crime in front of a policeman. And they never will. If they were ‘wired’ to be violent nothing would stop them.

    • Tom Mininger says:

      Do you think Ted Bundy could have ever stopped himself from killing? I don’t.

      He certainly knew what he was doing was wrong, as he was careful never to do it in front of the police, although he was coming close near the end, as he was losing self-control.

      • With respect, Tom, I don’t believe Bundy ever would have stopped himself from killing, but not because he was compelled to kill. He did it because it was the most thrilling, enjoyable and fulfilling thing in his life, and every other sensation paled in comparison. So, though it was what made life worth living for him, he still made the choice.

    • Thank you for your comments, Taylor. Unless an individual is out and out delusional, there is always a choice. Choice is what defines our character. And we agree with you about the backgrounds. It is interesting to note that the vast majority of serial predators we’ve studied have had brothers who came from the same background but who did not turn to crime. Ariel Castro and his brothers are good examples.

  2. mindthegap says:

    When I heard the news, I blurted out “good riddance.” I think pretty much what you do, he is so typical for bullies and cowards who would never pick on anyone their own size. Considering how careful he was in committing and hiding his crimes, he knew how to get at least eight uninterrupted minutes of linen appreciation. Saved us a bunch of money and that is a talking point both sides of the death penalty like to count in their plus columns.

  3. Cornerstone says:

    Thanks for the insight. I guess how well they handle prison is yet another glimpse into how they think. This guy must have been the ultimate controller or he’d never have pulled that off for all those years. I am curious how he kept from telling someone (assuming he did, which is what the brothers say) and if he was able to do that because he had the women to listen to him (whether they wanted to or not) and I get the willies thinking about if he was telling them his inner thoughts that whole time, what that must have been like for those poor girls. Because it can’t be pretty in there.

  4. Cornerstone says:

    Quite a few of these guys attempt suicide once they’re locked up. What do you think makes them do that? Is it because they are no longer in control and just can’t handle that at all or because prison is so not fun?

    • I’d say both. The predators who “do well” in prison are the ones who can conjure up memories of their horrific crimes at will and relive them in the theater of their own imagination. It was what they lived for in the outside world, and some of them can still live for it behind bars.

    • geebee2 says:

      In my opinion he was like any addict – he couldn’t control his addiction (or whatever you want to call it). That’s doesn’t mean he didn’t know it was wrong. Sure, he minimised how bad he was, the ego tries to survive. But I think his remorse is genuine enough. What would you do if you knew you were a monster? I just thank the stars I have never been tempted into doing something terrible, but I don’t believe in piling further scorn on someone who has killed himself. There but for gthe grace of god.

      • Cornerstone says:

        Geebee, I get the guy was sick, but isn’t it a little convenient that he didn’t have enough remorse BEFORE he got caught to either let them go or kill himself?

      • He may have been “addicted,” meaning he enjoyed what he was doing and it was the most important thing in his life, but no one is compelled to kill, rape or torture. It is always a choice. Not knowing you, Geebee, I would still bet that nothing could compel you into doing something you knew was wrong and would hurt an innocent person. And it isn’t like alcohol, drug or nicotine addiction where there is a physical need. This is more like a sex drive that we all learn to control. I don’t think I can pile any “further scorn” on him because I used up my full allotment when I learned what he did. I do not believe in his remorse since even in court, he tried to claim that it was all a loving family and he never abused any of the women. This is a malignant narcissist who could not handle the frustration and indignity of not being in control, and that is why he killed himself. It was his last act of control, and proved – to me, at least – that he was far less courageous than his victims. But your comments are sensitive and insightful, Geebee, and I thank you for expressing an opinion that I admit is more compassionate than my own. I hope you’ll continue to comment on future posts.

      • Tom Mininger says:

        I both agree and disagree with geebee2. I agree that Castro had an addiction. And if any of us, by the grace of God, were wired the same way, we would behave the same way. I thank my lucky stars that my addictions do not harm any other people in any way.

        I disagree that Castro killed himself because he felt remorse. He killed himself because he couldn’t stand being in prison not being able to rape and torture anymore.

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