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    Who is Ariel Castro?

    In note, Ariel Castro claimed he was sexually abused as a child
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-...ed-as-a-child/

    A Cleveland man allegedly confessed years ago in writing to taking the three women he's accused of raping and holding captive and said that he was abused as a child and raped by an uncle, CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton reports.

    According to a law enforcement source, Ariel Castro apparently contemplated committing suicide in the lengthy, handwritten note discovered in his house from which the women - Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32 - escaped Monday.

    According to the source, Castro wrote about his whole life, saying that he was abused by his parents as a child and that he was raped by an uncle.


    His horrible childhood is no excuse for what he did. There are many people who have been abused who do not turn out to be evil like him. I see him no differently from Jerry Sandusky, Jimmy Savile, Gertrude Baniszewski, or Osama bin Laden.
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    I moved the above post out of the Castro brothers thread so discussion about Castro can continue.

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    Apparently he lived in Reading, PA as a child. The link also tells a bit about his parents, and the year his father died.




    http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/m...,3548116.story

    It was an Uncle that was interviewed.

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    My husband and I go to a Hispanic church and our pastor is from Puerto Rico. A man in our Sunday School class is also from Puerto Rico and he once lived in the same neighborhood as Ariel Castro and he still visits there. He is a close personal friend of the Castro brother's uncle who owns a store a half a block or so from where Ariel lived and where he held the girls/women. Our SS friend talked to the uncle of the Castro brothers on the phone this past weekend and said the uncle is devastated by what has happened and in disbelief. Our friend said the uncle opened his store to the neighborhood once a year and let the people take anything they wanted free as his way of giving back to the neighborhood. The uncle is a good Christian man with deep religious beliefs and a very close knit family. Kids always played in his store and on the streets in the neighborhood and the store was sort of a local hang out and there was salsa music playing there. Our friend said his own daughters used to play there, in the store and in the street. Our friend doesn't know Ariel Castro and his brothers personally, but the family members he knows he said are wonderful, loving people. So, how did Ariel turn out the way he did?
    We prayed for the 3 women, the daughter, and also the brothers in Sunday School today. Its sad for the uncle, now about 70 years old, to know that his nephew did something so horrible. I don't know if he has other uncles too or not, as our friend mainly knows this one uncle that owns the store.

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    The timeline and profile pic upload indicates that this is his legit FB page. It's fairly sparse, though.



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    well, one thing we know about Ariel Castro, is that no matter where he goes, he wreaks havoc. He was a terrible husband and abused his wife mercilessly, and it seems he is just as bad a father as he was a husband. Look how his daughter turned out... in prison for trying to kill her baby, reportedly because she thought her family was out to kill them? And now here are these 3 women and no telling what else will come out. A lot of people said there were no warning signs and that he was a good person, etc., but IMO, there were red flags all over the place. No one that knew his background, should be surprised. One thing I'm curious about though is this...I read a report that an acquaintance saw him with Amanda's daughter and when asked who she was, Castro identified her as his girlfriend's daughter? I don't understand his psyche at all, but is it possible that in his twisted mind he did see Amanda as his girlfriend? And if he did, did he also see the other women as girlfriends? Oh boy, that's messed up.

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    The guy who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart believed she was one of his wives.
    So why would it be surprising if Castro believed the women were his girlfriends?
    Just my opinion

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    I hate to admit this, because I consider myself a good judge of character, (usually overly suspicious), but from what I've seen, I don't think I would necessarily be scared of this man. He looks like a nice, normal person, even good natured in some pictures! I know evil doesn't have a face and wolves hide in sheep's clothing, but nothing about his appearance, not even his eyes, gives off an evil vibe. To look so normal on the outside, but be so evil on the inside is a lethal combination. Those poor girls didn't stand a chance. He probably greeted them with a warm smile, offered them a ride, and the rest is history.

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    Ariel Castro's sister works for city and is assigned to the House of Correction but it is reported that she has now been assigned to administrative duties at her request.

    http://www.19actionnews.com/story/22...s-at-city-jail

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    Recorded interview with Castro’s daughter, conducted at an Indiana prison by a private investigator.

    Emily Castro, who is serving 25 years in prison for attempting to kill her 11-month-old daughter with a knife, told private eye Chris Giannini that she now realizes that as a teenager, she was used by her father as a pawn in the kidnappings of Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus; who, along with Michelle Knight, were allegedly held captive by Ariel Castro for a decade.
    http://fox8.com/2013/05/14/i-team-ex...tros-daughter/


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    I think Castro is a natural born killer. Imo it mattered not if he was abused as a child or not ...he is just evil. Again, Imoo.

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    Don't know what happened in that family but without question, something awful. The brother's sure cleaned up "pronto" but at the time of their booking they looked more heinous and revolting than he did. Not living the healthy life for sure.

    Mamma Bear (the mother) sure gave her son the finger in less than 10 seconds flat when she got into her car to go home after police questioning.

    Nice family.

    NOT.

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    Ariel Castro's alleged abuse, sadism is all too common
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/10/world/...use/index.html

    In fact, although Castro may be a more extreme example, there are aspects of his alleged pathology that are all too common.

    What I mean by the first item is that the clues to understanding Castro is to look at the totality of his adult functioning, and to look at his developmental years growing up.


    In Castro's case it may be as he got older, he progressed from predominantly intrafamilial violence to kidnapping adolescent girls whom he controlled through systematic physical and sexual violence.

    We don't know yet if drug or alcohol abuse played a role in promoting violent behaviors. But sociopathy appears to explain some of Castro's psychology. He seemed to have the sociopathic "charm" to drive up to adolescent females on the street and convince them to get into his car.



    Ariel Castro: Relatives portray Ohio kidnap suspect as paranoid, violent, angry
    http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/05...gry-88684.html

    But those who know the 52-year-old Castro are speaking up, saying he was often angry, paranoid and prone to violent outbursts against the now-dead mother of his adult children. He frequently beat her, played bizarre psychological games and locked her indoors, they said.

    The stories, repeated in separate interviews with The Associated Press by members of Castro's extended family, have surprised people who knew him as a musician who played bass in several bands around Cleveland the last two decades.

    Miguel Quinones, manager of a group Castro played with twice as a backup bass player about five years ago, said he had nothing bad to say about Castro based on his own experiences.


    He probably is a paranoid psychopath with sadism. Similar to Eric Harris, Fred Phelps, and Osama bin Laden. Like them, they are very paranoid and rageful. Just my opinion.




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    I don't necessarily believe anything in that suicide note that was found. He could have left it for the girls to find and read as some sicko mental control tactic. Hopefully prosecutors will refute the note if and when defense attorneys try to gain sympathy.

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    Something I'm kind of curious about...I was wondering why he kidnapped more than 1 girl. Was this part of a plan or did he play it by ear? It seems contradictory that he he would be compelled to enslave multiple young girls, but after they grew up, to not go after other young girls. We may never get answers to these questions, but I'd like to hear what a psychologist thinks about this. I've been wondering if there is the possibility that he has other victims hidden somewhere else? It doesn't seem so, but I'm not convinced there weren't other victims before or during this time. I also read an early report that said before he was arrested, he was at his mother's working in her garden? If he had access to her yard and was digging, has her yard been processed?

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