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Ariel Castro Dead
The Associated Press is reporting Ariel Castro, the Ohio man convicted of kidnapping, rape and murder after holding three women hostage for nearly ten years, is dead. A guard at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, OH found Castro hanging in his cell around 9:20 Tuesday night. Medical staff attempted to save his life, but Castro was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. local time. Castro was in protective custody, which means guards were required to check on him every 30 minutes.
Castro was in prison serving a life sentence plus 1000 years. In May, Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus were rescued from Castro's home. They had each been kidnapped and raped by Castro in the home and held there for about ten years.