By Sandra Birungi
Ariel Castro, the man who held three women captive in his home for nearly ten years was found dead in his prison cell.
53-year-old Castro kidnapped three women for a decade before one escaped; he was found dead in what is believed to be a suicide according to a prison official. He was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. yesterday, Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, a community located south of Columbus in central Ohio, JoEllen Smith, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokesman, said early Wednesday.
Before being transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead, prison medical staff performed CPR. Castro was in protective custody in which he was checked upon every thirty minutes but was however not on suicide watch.
The three women whom he kidnapped disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. One of the women broke part of a door and called out for help from neighbors for help who later helped them escape on May 6. That evening, Castro was arrested.
On August 1, he was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years on his guilty plea to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape.