Cleveland Kidnapper Found Hanging in Cell

Ariel Castro was found dead in prison from an apparent suicide.
2:05 | 09/04/13

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Ariel castro found dead in his jail cell. Alex perez has all the latest. Good morning, alex. Reporter: George, this morning, there's many unanswered questions as to what happened here. Guards were checking on castro regularly. And they say he was always calm and cooperative. Prison officials found the 52-year-old convicted kidnapper hanging in his jail cell in the state prison just south of columbus, ohio, around 9:20 tuesday night. Prison officials confirm medical staff attempted to revive him. But he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly before 11:00 p.M. You understand, you will be in prison for life. Don't even have the expectations or hope of getting out. Is that good? I do understand, your honor. Reporter: This morning, questions about how castro was able to take his own life. Castro's attorney said he was not on suicide watch, which entails constant observation, but he was in custody, kept in a cell by himself and checked on every 30 minutes. His death ends one of cleveland's ugliest chapters. Help me, I'm amanda berry. Reporter: The former bus driver was arrested in may, after amanda berry, michelle KNIGHT AND gina DeJesus escaped from this house where castro kept them captive. As part of his plea agreement, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. And in august, a judge sentenced him to life in prison plus 1,000 years. In court, castro gave a rambling 20-minute statement, suggesting the women were happy. We had a lot of harmony going on in that home. Reporter: But an emotional victim statement, michelle knight confronted the man who tormented her and forshadowed his final days. I spent 11 years in hell. Now, your hell is just beginning. Reporter: And we did hear FROM gina DeJesus' family, since castro's apparent suicide. Her brother tells us, they are aware of what happened. And that they are all doing okay. Robin? As always, we're thinking of the three, brave women.

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