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Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Found Dead in his Cell

Ariel Castro, 53, the man found guilty of keeping three women captive for a decade in his makeshift-prison home has been found hanged in his cell. According to the results of a preliminary autopsy, Castro, who was not on suicide watch after his sentencing last month, hung himself in his cell on the night of September 3, 2013.

VIDEO: Inside Ariel Castro’s Prison House

A look inside the prison Ariel Castro created for victims Michele Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. These photos were shown at Castro’s August 1, 2013, sentencing hearing. Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years, with no chance for parole, and a $100,000 fine.

Ten Most Memorable Quotes from Ariel Castro’s Sentencing Hearing

Last week Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to 937 charges, in connection with the abduction and imprisonment of Michele Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty. Today Castro was sentenced to life imprisonment, plus 1,000 years, with no chance for parole and a $100,000 fine.

Missing: Ashley Summers and Other Possible Ariel Castro Victims

Ashley Summers, 14, disappeared on July 9, 2007. Christina Adkins was 18 when she went missing in 1995. Miranda Jones disappeared in 2012 at age 17 with an adult male. Police must now determine if any of these three young Cleveland women, and possibly others still missing, had any connection to Ariel Castro.

Lawyers: Cleveland Kidnapping Suspect Not a Monster. So What Is He?

Lawyers for accused kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro are urging the public to withhold judgment of their client, saying that Castro, who is accused of abducting three teens and keeping them captive as his sex slaves for a decade, has been mischaracterized in the media. So what kind of person would commit such a crime?

Accused Cleveland Kidnapper’s Facebook Page is so Normal it’s Scary

From our friends at the Daily Dot: What is the Facebook profile of a suspected kidnapper and rapist like? Pretty boring, actually.

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