Family of Ariel Castro, accused of holding 3 Ohio women captive, says they have no sympathy for him
Brothers, cousin say he fooled them
Last Updated: 207 days ago
CLEVELAND - The two brothers and the cousin of Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive for about a decade, say they have no sympathy for him.
One of Castro’s brothers even called him a "monster" and said he hopes Castro "rots in jail," according to 7NEWS sister station WEWS.
Onil and Pedro Castro told CNN that they want Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight to know how sorry they are for their ordeal.
The three women were kidnapped, allegedly by Ariel Castro, more than 10 years ago. Police said the women were held captive inside Ariel Castro's home until a neighbor heard and saw Berry screaming for help on May 6 and helped the women escape from the house of horrors.
Pedro and Onil Castro were initially taken into custody but released after investigators said there was no evidence against them.
Their brother has been charged with rape and kidnapping and is being held on $8 million bond. Prosecutors are looking into possibly filing a death penalty charge against Ariel for the reported miscarriages he caused Knight to have.
Pedro Castro says he was shocked to learn DeJesus was a victim, because they'd known her father for a long time and Ariel even went to a vigil for her when she went missing.
CNN reports the Castro brothers not only called Ariel a monster and hateful, but said, “I want him to suffer in that jail, to the last extent. I don't care if they even feed him, for what he has done to my life and my family's.”
When asked if Ariel exists to them, both brothers said no.
“He is goner,” Onil said. Almost as if he were dead, Pedro added.
“A monster's a goner,” Onil said. “I'm glad that he left the door unlocked or whatever he did. Whether he did it on purpose -- maybe he wanted to get caught. Maybe time was up. Maybe he was inside too much; he wanted to get caught, but if he did it that way, he shouldn't have went to mama's house and picked me up, put me in the car, if he knew that was going to happen."
-- Ariel Castro’s cousin says he lived a double life --
“It's obvious that he fooled everyone,” said Maria Castro-Montes, Ariel Castro’s cousin.
Castro-Montes told CNN that Ariel Castro “lived two separate lives. And you know, everyone thought that he was the good person, that we all at some point in our lives had thought him to be. And now all of these things are coming to light and it's got to be horrifying.”
Castro-Montes said she and other family members have been “wracking our brains” to figure out at what point in Ariel’s life he changed.
“At what point in his life when I was looking at him, even in younger days, did he already have some evil heart?" Castro-Montes said. "At what point was there a turning point? That's what I'm finding difficult to come to grips with.”
Castro-Montes said no one had been in Ariel’s home for quite some time and many family members didn’t see him often,“more recently.”
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