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Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Commits Suicide in Prison

The man who held three women hostage for years in his Cleveland home has committed suicide in prison, officials said Tuesday. Ariel Castro, 53, “was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient,” the Associated Press reported. “Prison medical staff performed CPR before Castro was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.” Castro was arrested in May after three women […]

Arlene Castro, Daughter of Cleveland Kidnap Monster, Was Best Friends With 'House of Horrors' Victim Gina DeJesus

In one of the most bizarre twists of the Cleveland “house of horrors” story, the daughter of accused rapist Ariel Castro was best friends with Gina DeJesus, and may have been the last person to see the victim before the girl was kidnapped in 2004 at age 14. Even while police and the FBI searched for DeJesus — who prosecutors now say was one of three women kept captive and […]

Ariel Castro Charged With Kidnapping, Rape of Cleveland Women; New Details of 'House of Horrors' Case

Ariel Castro kidnapped his victims by offering them rides, then chained them in the basement of his home on Cleveland’s West Side, where they were repeatedly raped over the course of a decade, prosecutors say. Castro, 52, was formally charged Wednesday with three counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping, among other charges. Officials said Arile Castro’s two brothers, Pedro and Onil — who were arrested with him after […]

Cleveland 'House of Horrors': Victims Raped, Impregnated, Beaten; UPDATE: Neighbors Say They Called Police Years Ago

Horrifying details emerged Tuesday of the abuse suffered by three women who were kidnapped and held captive for a decade in a Cleveland home where the victims — two of them taken when they were still teenagers — were rescued yesterday from their captors. Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC-TV reported that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were repeatedly raped, became pregnant and lost their babies as a result of […]

Suspect Ariel Castro 'Was a Nice Guy,' Neighbor Says; Cleveland School Bus Driver and Brothers Arrested in 'House of Horrors' Kidnappings

News accounts are providing more information about Ariel Castro, the 52-year-old Cleveland school bus driver arrested as a suspect in the kidnapping of three teenage girls who were found alive Monday at a home on Seymour Avenue. “I’m not the only one on the block that feels ashamed to know that we didn’t notice anything,” neighbor Juan Perez told Cleveland ABC-TV affiliate News 5. “He was a nice guy, he […]

Kidnapped Girls Rescued: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight Found Alive in Cleveland; Suspect Ariel Castro Arrested

Police in Cleveland, Ohio, have rescued three women who had been kidnapped as teenagers years ago and apparently held in a home on the West Side of the city. Amanda Berry was 16 when she was kidnapped in 2003; Gina DeJesus was 14 when she disappeared in 2004; Michelle Knight was 18 when she went missing in 2002. Police have arrested the homeowner, Ariel Castro, 52 — identified as the […]

New Browns Owner, and First-Brother of Tennessee, Accused of Long-Term Fraud

Pilot Flying J, the nation’s largest chain of truck stops and travel center, was raided by both the IRS and FBI on Tuesday. Jimmy Haslam, CEO of the company, owner of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns and brother of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R), in a Tuesday press conference, characterized the investigation as being over “a very insignificant number” of rebates (with no tax violations). However, court documents filed Thursday by the […]

Obama's Bad News in the Final Columbus Dispatch Poll

CINCINNATI, OHIO- “Within the margin of error,” is a phrase that David Axelrod didn’t want to wake up to this morning, although he knows what to do: Obama’s senior advisor will tout the 50-48 result in the D+4 poll and proudly pronounce that the fundamentals of the Democrat narrative are still intact. Despite Axelrod’s spin, however, what’s been dubbed the “Obama firewall” or “Ohio firewall” looks like it’s in danger. […]