ORIENT, Ohio — Shortly before 9 p.m., prison guards found Castro hanging in his cell. The 52-year-old was in protective custody and was monitored every thirty minutes.
Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for kidnapping and sexually assaulting three young women for more than a decade.
Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina Dejesus all survived the ordeal. Earlier this summer the women released videos thanking the public for their support. Michelle Knight said she was relying on her faith to get her through her recovery.
So far, none of the women have released statements concerning Castro’s death. Ohio State Police and the Department of Corrections are investigating but are not releasing any more information.