The Suicide of Ariel Castro
By Dianne Frazee-Walker
“Adios diablo, may you burn for 1,000 years, just like you were sentenced,” read a Blog posted in a Cleveland newspaper after Ariel Castro received a life sentence for kidnapping and torturing three woman for a decade in his Cleveland home.
There is probably no sentence stringent enough to match the heinous crimes Castro committed.
After plea-bargaining for life in prison as opposed to the death penalty, Castro decided to take his own life by hanging himself in his prison cell.
Dramatic circumstances surrounding Castro’s conviction cause one to speculate;
Would this have happened if Castro was on suicide watch instead of protective custody?
What would have brought justice for the three victims Castro tormented for 10 years?
One of the victims, 30-year-old Michelle Knight, who was kidnapped at the age of 20, sobbingly bore witness during her testimony stating death would have been “so much easier” for her captor.
Fate would have it that Castro was still in control of his victim’s emotions when he made the final decision about his punishment.
But did he have the final say?