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Ariel Castro Dead: Cleveland Kidnapper Commits Suicide in Jail Cell

WI Web Staff | 9/4/2013, 12:30 a.m.
Ariel Castro

The Cleveland man who repeatedly raped three women while holding them captive at his house for a decade was found hanging in his jail cell Tuesday night, authorities said.

Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years in August after striking a deal to avoid the death penalty, was discovered in his cell at about 9:20 p.m. at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, officials said.

Castro, 53, was transported to Ohio State University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

The Ohio Bureau of Prisons said Castro had been housed in protective custody, which means he was in a cell by himself, and guards make rounds every 30 minutes at staggered intervals, according to NBC News.

Prison officials said a "thorough review of this incident is underway."

Castro was convicted of kidnapping three women who had disappeared between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old.

The women finally escaped in May after one broke through a storm door and screamed for help while Castro was away.

He was sentenced last month after pleading guilty to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape.