COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ariel Castro, the man convicted of the kidnapping and rape of three Cleveland women killed himself behind bars.
Prison spokesperson confirms Castro was found hanging in his cell at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday night.
Prison medical staff performed CPR. Castro was then taken to Ohio State University Medical center and was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.
Castro was being held at the State Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, south of Columbus.
He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 1,000 years.
Castro was in protective custody because of the notoriety of his case, meaning he was checked every 30 minutes, but was not on suicide watch, JoEllen Smith, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman, said
Castro's attorneys tried unsuccessfully to have a psychological examination of Castro done at the Cuyahoga County Jail, where Castro was housed before he was turned over to state authorities following his conviction, his attorney, Jaye Schlachet, told The Associated Press early Wednesday. Schlachet said he could not immediately comment further.
In an interview last month after Castro's conviction, Schlachet and attorney Craig Weintraub said their client clearly fit the profile of sociopathic disorder and that they hoped researchers would study him for clues that could be used to stop other predators.
The three women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. They escaped from Castro's Cleveland home May 6, when Amanda Berry, one of the women, broke part of a door and yelled to neighbors for help.
"Help me," she said in a 911 call. "I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."
The two other women were so scared of Castro that they held back initially even as police officers began to swarm the house. But quickly they realized they were free.
"You saved us! You saved us!" another of the captives, Michelle Knight, told an officer as she leaped into his arms.
Castro was arrested that evening.
Messages left for the women's lawyers were not immediately returned early Wednesday.
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