It took less than four months from Ariel Castro's dark secret coming
out to his death at an Ohio prison in Orient, south of Columbus.
Very few answers are coming out of the
prison. A prison representative says Castro was found hanging in his
cell Tuesday night and pronounced dead at the hospital. The coroner says
Castro used bed sheets to hang himself.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation
and Corrections says Castro was not on suicide watch and that the
determination was made by credentialed prison mental health staff.
Prison officials say they checked on Castro every 30 minutes.
His attorney, Craig Weintraub, says all of this was not good enough.
"I think that there needs to be an
in-depth investigation to try to find out exactly what happened. This
just doesn't happen with a 30-day period in a very high profile case."
Weintraub says he requested a separate
psychiatric exam of Castro two weeks ago, and the prison denied his
request. He says Castro should have been watched more closely by the
Though it may go against public opinion, Weintraub says what happened here is wrong.
"It's one where, I suppose, for local
Clevelanders and probably the world, they'll watch this and think of a
man that's purely evil, that this is a happy ending to this story and a
quick ending -- and justifiable. But, I also look at that we're in a
civilized society and nobody should really be celebrating this."
Weintraub wants Castro's body released for some kind of service.