Before it was demolished today, convicted kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro's Cleveland house was scoured by investigators for evidence besides the three brutalized women who escaped from the home back in May. The photos yielded from that evidentiary search are grim, and they offer a disturbing look at the atrocities Castro conducted and how much care he took to imprison three women and a child for almost a decade.
"I am not a monster," is such a monster thing to say.
Onil and Pedro Castro, the brothers of Ariel Castro, the man charged with kidnapping and abusing three Cleveland-area women, were not aware that their brother was holding the three women hostage. They now believe he's "a monster."
People from the Cleveland neighborhood in which three kidnapped women were recovered on Monday said that they'd been calling the cops on the suspected abductor for years, only to have police ignore them. It seemed hard to believe. The Cleveland Police Department itself disputes the claims, saying its records indicate officers had only visited the Seymour Avenue residence twice before this week: Once to respond to a street fight that Ariel Castro, the lead kidnapping suspect, had called in himself, and once to investigate allegations that Castro had briefly abducted a little boy while working as a bus driver in 2004 (when police went to the house to investigate, nobody looked to be home, so they left).
Cleveland police have found, inside the house where he is alleged to have kept at least three young women captive for ten years, a 2004 letter written by Ariel Castro, 19 Action News' Scott Taylor reports. "I don't know why I kept looking for another," Castro writes in the letter. "I already had 2 in my possession."