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Ohio Prison Report Says Guards Failed to Check on Ariel Castro Before His Death by Hanging

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A report from the Ohio prisons department says guards failed to properly complete rounds and falsified log books. The report also says Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro may not have intended to commit suicide. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Ariel Castro was serving life plus a thousand years for holding three Cleveland women hostage in his home for a decade, repeatedly raping them and fathering a child by one of them.

The 53-year-old Castro was found dead in his cell Sept. 3 with a sheet wrapped around his neck, and his pants and underwear around his ankles. A report from the Ohio prisons department says it’s possible he was attempting auto-erotic asphyxiation – an act by which people achieve sexual satisfaction by briefly choking themselves into unconsciousness.

Officials say no suicide note was found, and multiple evaluations of Castro did not find a tendency toward suicide. But officials also say two prison guards didn’t do required checks on Castro, and that they falsified logs to show they had.