The State Prison System has released a 26-page report on prison suicides, including the suicide of convicted kidnapper Ariel Castro. [Read the entire report HERE]
Castro was sentenced to life, plus 1,000 years, for kidnapping and sexually assaulting Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus while holding them captive in his Seymour Avenue house for over a decade.
Castro used a bed sheet to hang himself in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Pickaway County, on September 3. He had been there one month.
Guards on duty at the time of Castro’s suicide have been given last-chance agreement to keep their jobs. If they mess up again, they will be immediately fired. [Read the entire document HERE] The guards didn’t make some scheduled rounds and also falsified records.
The newly released report confirms the Franklin County Coroner’s report that Castro’s death was not an accident due to auto-erotic asphyxiation.
The report also reveals that prison medical personnel attended Castro soon as he was found hanging in his cell, but it took EMS crews 40 minutes to arrive.
Castro left behind writings in a journal and complained about food and harassment. In one writing, Castro noted he’d never see light at the end of the tunnel, but he acknowledged it’s the path he chose.
One prison supervisor called Castro demanding, saying he refused to wear clothes when female guards made rounds.
The report also confirmed the August suicide of death row inmate Billy Slagle. Slagle was sentenced to death for killing a neighbor with a pair of scissors nearly three decades ago in Cleveland. Slagle’s motive for the cold blooded killing – scoring some money to buy alcohol.
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