Kidnapper Ariel Castro Hanged Himself in Cell, Likely With Bed Sheet

Man convicted of kidnapping, torturing and imprisoning three young was not on suicide watch in jail.
2:36 | 09/04/13

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twist in the story that introduced us to three women with true grit and boundless courage, amanda berry, gina DeJESUS, MICHELLE KNIGHT. They survived a decade in a make shift prison in a cleveland neighborhood. Tonight they have the news that the man who held them captive has taken his own life, hanging himself in his tiny cell. Alex perez is on the ground in cleveland with the very latest. Reporter: For 10 miserable years they survived. Three young women, summoning every ounce of strength in that house of horrors. But ariel castro lasted just one month and one day in prison before apparently taking his own life. So you understand that you will be in prison for life? Reporter: Castro spent his be final days in an eight by 12 foot cell with a bed, sink, urinal, shower and a surface to write on. He was in protective custody, alone 23 hours a day with guards checking on him every 30 minutes. At 9:20 last night, prison guards found castro hanging in his cell, a bed sheet around his neck. Authorities say they began cpr and rushed him to the nearby medical center. But at 10:52 ariel castro was pronounced dead. I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning. Reporter: Castro was serving life plus 1,000 years for kidnapping and abusing michelle knight, amanda berry and gina de jesus. In a rambling court statement, he insisted they'd lived as a family. We had a lot of harmony going on in that home. Reporter: Castro's mother and sister have visited him in prison. He was not on suicide watch but today his lawyer said he should have been. Any sort of intake screening for a psychological assessment may have been inadequate so we wanted to ensure that there would be safeguards at the facility to prevent what occurred. Reporter: The department of corrections and the ohio patrol are leading investigation into his death but saying this man couldn't take for even a month a small portion of what he had dished out for more than a decade. Diane, that infamous house on seymour avenue is now gone, replaced by this community garden, an attempt by this neighborhood to try to move forward. The three victims did not comment on ariel as crow's apparent suicide and we did REACH OUT TO gina DeJesus's family. They said they have forgiven him. They have moved forward. Now we head overseas to where two of the world's most

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