It was in Cleveland that he afterwards abducted three young women: Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. He kept the girls prisoner in his house for a long time, where he tormented and raped them. Berry’s getaway on May 6, 2013, led to Castro’s arrest. In 1992, Castro purchased a house at 2207 Seymour Avenue. He initially resided there with his lovely wife and four kids. Nevertheless, Castro was supposedly violent along with his lovely wife and she left him in 1996, taking guardianship of the kids at the same time.
In 2002, Castro offered 20-year old Michelle Knight a ride. Knight, who knew one of Castro’s daughters, taken. After Castro convinced Knight to come inside his house, he continued to rape her. Knight would be Castro’s prisoner for the next 11 years. Like Knight, Berry understood Castro’s kids, and got into his car. She was likewise kidnapped, attacked and held prisoner. Castro repeated the exact same scenario in 2004 with 14-year old Gina DeJesus, who had been a close buddy of his daughter Arlene.
Castro kept the girls chained in his basement for a long time before transferring them to barricaded rooms upstairs. Throughout their captivity, Castro held the girls and subjected them to multiple sexual assaults. When Knight became pregnant, which occurred several times, Castro starved and beat her until she miscarried. He let Berry’s pregnancy to come to duration, but compelled her to give birth in the plastic pool. While holding the girls prisoner in his house, Castro kept a apparently ordinary outdoor life. Family members still came to see him, though he used locks to keep them from going to the cellar as well as the rest of the home.
Authorities immediately freed the other girls and detained Castro that same day. In July 2013, Castro agreed to a plea deal that saved him from the death penalty. On July 26, he pleaded guilty to 937 charges, which included kidnapping, rape and homicide (the murder charge came from his part in stopping one of Knight’s pregnancies). On August 1, 2013, Castro was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole, plus an added 1,000 years.
Since his arrest, Castro has shown little remorse for his offenses. While in detention, he requested to see Berry’s kid, a request the court refused. In court, Castro insisted, “I am not a creature. I am ill.” The three once-captive girls, and Berry’s daughter, are now living their lives freely. In a odd turn of events, Castro was discovered hanged in his prison cell in the Correction Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, at 9:20 p.m. on September 3, 2013.
The next month, speculation surfaced that Castro’s departure may not have been a suicide, but instead, due to autoerotic asphyxiation a sexual act in which an individual attains happiness through choking themselves, ultimately causing them to lose consciousness. Countering those declarations, the medical examiner who ran Castro’s autopsy, Jan Gorniak of Ohio, said that she fully considered that Castro had planned his departure. “I did the autopsy myself. I saw the ligature. I saw the images of the cell,” Gorniak said, based on a report by CNN. “It was a suicide.”