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Guards In Prison Where Ariel Castro Died Falsified Logs, Improperly Conducted Rounds

By Chuck Sudo in News on Oct 10, 2013 4:40PM

Ariel Castro (Mugshot via Cleveland Police Department)
A report released by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction reveals prison guards improperly completed rounds and falsified logs on the night Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro died last month.

According to the report, video footage shows guards missed several check-ins between 3 p.m.and when Castro was found hanging by his neck from a sheet at 9:18 p.m. at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, south of Columbus. Logs were also falsified several times during that time frame to indicate guards made their rounds. DRC policy requires special inmates like Castro are checked on at least every 30 minutes and if guards made those rounds Castro may still be alive today.

The report also notes Castro was having problems adjusting to prison life. He complained about verbal harassment from prison guards and other inmates, believed someone was tampering with his food and that he was flushing meals down the toilet and was found with his pants and underwear pulled down to his ankles. The relevance of that is “unclear” but Ohio State Highway Patrol was notified of that detail "for consideration of the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation."

Castro pleaded guilty in July to the kidnapping and raping of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight over a 12-year period and was sentenced in August to life plus 1,000 years in prison. The women were discovered after Berry escaped Castro’s home in May with her daughter who was born in captivity. (Castro was the father.)