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.