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Final report: Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro killed self

Associated Press

COLUMBUS: A coroner’s final report confirms Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro died by hanging himself in his prison cell.

The report by Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak says Castro was unresponsive when prison guards found him the evening of Sept. 3 and that prison medical staff tried reviving him.

The report completed last week and made available Monday says no drugs were found in Castro’s system.

A preliminary coroner’s report last month said the 53-year-old Castro hanged himself by attaching a sheet to a window hinge in his prison cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient south of Columbus.

Castro was serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to imprisoning three women in his Cleveland home for a decade where he repeatedly raped and beat them.


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