Neighbors react to news of Cleveland kidnapper's prison death
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - 01:03
Sept. 4 - Residents of the Cleveland neighborhood where Ariel Castro held three women captive for years react to news that he was found hanged in his prison cell. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Residents of the Cleveland neighborhood where Ariel Castro, the man sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping, rape and beatings of three Cleveland women he held captive for years in his house, reacted to the news that he was found hanged in his Ohio prison cell.
"I think he did those girls a favor by taking his own life," Lonnell Phelps told a local reporter.
"He deserved to die," said Steve Whitaker. "He kept them girls all that time so he got what he had coming."
Ohio state corrections officials said the former school bus driver, who was under protective custody and isolated from other inmates at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, was found dead at about 9:20 p.m. EDT when prison staff were making their rounds.
After prison medical personnel tried to resuscitate him, Castro, 53, was transferred to an area hospital and pronounced dead about 90 minutes later.
Castro was to remain at the Ohio facility while undergoing a series of mental and physical evaluations before being transferred to a more permanent lockup, prison officials said.
Castro had been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for abducting Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32.
He kept the three women imprisoned in the dungeon-like confines of his house, where they were starved, beaten and sexually assaulted for about a decade before their rescue in May, along with Berry's 6-year-old daughter who was fathered by Castro and born during her mother's captivity.
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