Convicted Cleveland Kidnapper and Rapist Ariel Castro Found Dead in Prison Cell

Ariel Castro, who was last month convicted of more than 900 charges relating to his decade-long capture and torture of three young Cleveland women, was found hanging in his prison cell on Tuesday.

Castro, 52, was being held at the Correction Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, which is located in Pickaway County.

Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years on August 1st for the kidnapping and sexual assault of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus. He held them captive in his Seymour Ave. home for over ten years.

Castro was housed in protective custody and was kept away from the general prison population for his own safety. This means that he was kept in a cell by himself. Rounds are also required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals.

Prison medical staff reportedly began life saving measures upon finding Castro hanging in his cell. He was transported to Ohio State University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.

Ohio State Police and the Department of Corrections are investigating, and indicate that additional information will be provided as it becomes available.