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DEATH PENALTY BEING SOUGHT IN CLEVELAND KIDNAPPING

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Prosecutor may seek death penalty for Cleveland kidnap, rape suspect Ariel Castro

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Cuyahoga County prosecutor Thomas McGinty says Ohio law calls for the death penalty for the “most depraved criminals who commit aggravated murder during the course of a kidnapping.” He says aggravated murder charges could be filed related to pregnancies terminated by force.

Ariel Castro is being held on $8 million bail. The 52-year-old former school bus driver was under a suicide watch in jail, where he was being held on kidnapping and rape charges for holding three women – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight – inside his home for about a decade.

Knight, who still hasn’t been since in public, is said to be recovering in a hospital and has turned away visitors, CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds reports from Cleveland.

“She was severely beaten,” said Knight’s grandmother, Debora Knight. “He had beat so badly in the face, she has to have facial reconstruction, and she’s lost hearing in one ear.”

McGinty suggests the charges could number in the hundreds, if not thousands.

In his first court appearance Thursday, Castro looked down at the ground for almost the entire proceeding, biting his collar and signing documents with his handcuffed hands. He didn’t speak.

The women found alive after years in captivity endured lonely, dark lives inside a dingy home where they were raped and allowed outside only a handful of times in disguises while walking to a garage steps away, investigators say.

Assistant county prosecutor Brian Murphy said the women were beaten repeatedly and sexually assaulted. He said Castro used the women “in whatever self-gratifying, self-serving way he saw fit.”

While many questions remain about how Castro maintained such tight control over the women for so many years before one of them made a daring escape Monday, the horrors they suffered are beginning to come to light.

Castro lured the women into his vehicle, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Police say the women were apparently bound by ropes and chains at times and were kept in different rooms. They suffered prolonged sexual and psychological abuse and had miscarriages, according to a police report obtained Wednesday by CBS News, which corroborated information received earlier from a law enforcement source. Knight told police she suffered five miscarriages.

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Castro has been charged with four counts of kidnapping – covering the captives and the daughter born to one of them – and three counts of rape, against all three women.

Years before his arrest Monday, Castro apparently contemplated committing suicide, CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton reports.

In a lengthy, handwritten note from 2004 discovered in his house by FBI agents, Castro allegedly confessed to taking the three women and said that he was abused as a child and raped by an uncle, according to a law enforcement source.

Reynolds also reports that Castro called himself a “sexual predator” and provided details about taking each of his victims. He blamed the women for their own kidnappings, but he asks for whatever money he has to be donated to his victims after his death.

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Kathleen DeMetz, a public defender who represented Castro in court, said he would be transferred from a city jail medical unit where defendants charged with sex crimes or are considered a suicide risk are normally held.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told CNN Thursday night that his office received DNA profiles of Castro and will start trying to determine if he is involved in other crimes.

Earlier Thursday in court, Castro did not have a chance to talk to his two brothers, who were arrested and cleared without charges, DeMetz said.

The women and Castro have given lengthy statements to police that have helped build their case, said Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba.

None of the women, though, gave them any indication that Castro’s two brothers, who had been in custody since Monday, were involved, Tomba said. Prosecutors brought no charges against the brothers, citing a lack of evidence. The brothers appeared in court before Castro, on unrelated charges, and were in the process of being released.

Pedro Castro, 54, pleaded no contest to an open container charge while two charges against Onil Castro, 50, were dismissed.

“Ariel kept everyone at a distance,” Tomba said.

The women, now in their 20s and 30s, vanished separately between 2002 and 2004. At the time, they were 14, 16 and 20 years old.

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11 Responses to DEATH PENALTY BEING SOUGHT IN CLEVELAND KIDNAPPING

  • Fyahwife says:

    Straight so …. Death to him nastiness

  • GWIZZ says:

    PLEASE TELL ME HOW COMES HIS BROTHERS ARE NOT IN JAIL?

  • coco krispie says:

    We may all say DEATH TO HIM RASS , I feel they should send him to Gauntanamo, Cuba and let him suffer there so he knows how it feels to be held captive.THE DEATH PENALTY, thats the easy way out. Dont mind my tax momey spent on that.

  • simplicity says:

    suffaration b4 de death doah,caan mek him jus guh out suh wan,two,chee..him need few battering,choppings nd slicings.

  • Anonymous says:

    Do him like they do in nigeria. Everybody inna de community beat him bloodclot till an inch of life. Me talkin granny, pickney, cripple and all come. Den put tire round him neck fulla kerosene and light him bloodclot gud and proppa. If him would eva tek my babby girl me wuolda tun madd.

  • CLASSY DOLL says:

    I RESIDE IN CLEVELAND AND THIS HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING FOR EVERYONE HERE … SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS LIKE HOW THE POLICE HANDLED THE INVESTIGATION DISMISSING A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE AGAINST HIM “BECAUSE THE LAWYERS DIDN’T SHOW UP” A REPORT OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT WHERE ARIEL WHO AT THE TIME WAS A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER LEFT A CHILD UNATTENDED ON THE SCHOOL BUS …AGAIN CHARGES NEVER FILE OR AN INVESTIGATION PERFORMED… IT’S A TRAGEDY….AS FOR HIS BROTHERS THEY WERE INITIALLY ARRESTED WITH ARIEL & ACCORDING TO REPORTS THEY WERE NOT AWARE OF HIS ACTIONS…. IN MY OPINION NO PUNISHMENT IS FIT FOR WHAT THIS MAN HAS DONE ONLY FATHER GOD CAN IMPOSE THE PROPER PUNISHMENT & THT IS ROTTING IN HELL FOR ETERNITY….

  • simplicity says:

    all now the third girl still in the hospital bcuz of the beating she get over the period of time tuh har face plus the five miscarriage suh all har inside dem a focus pon….dis man needs a slow death.

  • Observer says:

    I have so many questions…..What was used to keep them there for 10 whole years?? For some reason, this man has a special love for Amanda and this is way before the baby….why is that? Castro luk like em hav sum connection to dem girl yah smh.

    Death is too swift. He needs to be held in captivity until his death comes.

  • CLASSY DOLL says:

    OBSERVER, YES CASTRO INDEED HAD A CONNECTION TO THE GIRLS…ACCORDING TO REPORTS, HE WAS FRIENDS WITH GINA DEJESUS FAMILY FOR YEARS…EVEN PARTICIPATING IN THE YEAR TO YEAR VIGIL HERE IN THE CITY …ALSO AMANDA & GINA KNEW ONE ANOTHER…AS FAR AS HOW HE WAS ALBE TO “KEEP” THEM LOCKED UP… REPORTS STATED THAT THERE WERE A GREAT DEAL OF “BONDAGE” PARAPHINILLA IN THE HOME GAGS, CHAINS ETC……

  • Observer says:

    yea man sumthin inna sumthin but em well wikkid doah enuh smh

  • Anonymous says:

    MY HEART AND PRAYS GO OUT TO THESE STRONG YOUNG WOMEN AND THIER FAMILIES.

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