Ariel Castro Suicide Note: New Details Of Cleveland House of Horrors
FBI agents have found a suicide note written by Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man suspected of imprisoning and raping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight for a decade.
In the 2004 handwritten suicide note, which Castro, 52, apparently didn't follow through on, Castro allegedly wrote about the kidnapping of the women, why he did it and how as a child he was abused by his parents and raped by an uncle.
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"I am a sexual predator. I need help," Ariel Castro allegedly wrote in the note, also saying of his victims, "They are here against their will because they made a mistake of getting in a car with a total stranger."
A horrific litany of details have begun to emerge about the captivity of the three women.
Castro impregnated Michelle Knight, 32, five times, but each pregnancy allegedly ended after Castro starved Knight and punched her in the gut enough to cause a miscarriage. According to Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, an OB/GYN at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Knight was probably at least 12 weeks into each pregnancy, because it's unlikely blunt trauma would induce a miscarriage before then.
"It's still pretty unusual," Shirazian said. "In order for that to happen, I would assume it was pretty brutal blunt trauma."
Knight said in a police report that Castro forced her to deliver Amanda Berry's baby, threatening to kill her if Berry's baby died during delivery. When the newborn stopped breathing at one point, Knight gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
The three women, who police say were chained and taped in separate rooms, were also subjected to a cruel game to make sure they didn't attempt to escape. According to a police source, "Castro would play this little dangerous game that he would tell the women he was about to leave the home, and then he would wait and if one of them tried to open that door, he would go in and attack them. That was one of the ways he was able to keep them there."
For this reason, when Berry did make her escape, she was afraid to break down the storm door in case it was another one of Castro's tests.
And this will be the last year Castro serves cake to any of his victims. According to a cousin of one of the women, on the anniversary of each woman's abduction, Castro would present them with cake.
"He would celebrate their abduction day as their new birthday," the cousin said.
Castro's two brothers, Onil, 50, and Pedro, 54, were arrested on Monday but have been released. Castro has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. He's being held on $8 million bond and is under suicide watch.
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