Brutal rapist and dungeon master Ariel Castro, who abducted three young women and imprisoned them for a decade as his sex slaves, was found hanged last night in his jail cell.
Ohio officials surmise Castro probably committed suicide rather than face life in prison plus 1000 years, but they are investigating his death regardless since there was such a small window of opportunity for him to pull it off.
Following his sentencing and incarceration in early August 2013, Ariel Castro has been housed in protective custody, which means he was to be checked on by jail guards every 30 minutes.
Castro however was not considered suicidal and was most likely being confined under those conditions for his own safety.
Nevertheless, guards making the evening rounds at approximately 9:30 PM on September third found him hanging in his solitary cell, just barely alive.
Efforts at resuscitating the 53-year-old prisoner failed and an unresponsive Castro was then rushed to the nearest hospital, but pronounced dead there sometime before midnight.
"A thorough review of this incident is underway and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation," an Ohio Corrections representative speedily announced.
Ariel Castro is the second inmate from the state of Ohio to hang himself in as many months -- on August 4th Billy Slagle, 44, was found swinging in his jail cell too.
The convicted murderer was on death row and set to be executed in only a matter of days for the vicious stabbing death of his neighbor Mari Pope in 1987. But he sought to deprive authorities of that right.
Either which way though, be it by suicide or homicide, it's doubtful that monsters like Billy Slagle and Ariel Castro will be truly missed.