Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison for the decade-long kidnapping, rape and beatings of three Cleveland women he held captive, and was found hanging in his prison cell Tuesday night, an Ohio corrections official confirmed.
Castro was under protective custody and insolation from his fellow inmates at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. Castro was found dead when prison guards were making their rounds, according to Rehabilitation and Correction Department spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said. After unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him, the 53 year-old- was transferred to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
His lawyer said on Wednesday that prison authorities repeatedly denied him a psychologist.
“We requested the opportunity for our retained independent psychologist to see and evaluate Mr. Castro in both the county jail and in the prison reception center, where he was being held. We were denied and thwarted in each of our attempts by the state and county,” defense attorney Jaye Schlachet told Reuters.
Castro was sentenced on Aug. 1 to life plus 1,000 years in prison without the possibility of parole for abducting his three victims and keeping them imprisoned in the dungeon-like confines of his house, where they were starved, beaten and sexually assaulted for about a decade.
Dr. Carla Rhodes, a D.C. based psychologist, said “Castro’s hanging is a reflection of his extreme narcissism as opposed to a calculated front to his victims. Since he doesn’t have the capacity to think about other people”.