News

Auto-erotic asphyxiation possible in kidnapper Castro’s death

Auto-erotic asphyxiation possible in kidnapper Castro’s death

CONVICTED KIDNAPPER: Ariel Castro, who held three women captive in his Cleveland home for a decade. Photo: Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials suggest in a new report it’s possible Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may have died of auto-erotic asphyxiation, not suicide.

A report from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says Castro’s pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles when he was found. It also says Castro did not leave a suicide note and “multiple levels of assessment” did not find tendency toward suicide.

The state forwarded those facts to police to consider the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation, whereby individuals achieve sexual satisfaction by briefly choking themselves into unconsciousness.

The report also says two prison guards falsified logs documenting their observation of Castro in the hours before he killed himself. The report says video indicates no checks were done on Castro at least eight times before he died.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash Identified

Fresh
cycle fatal

Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards has identified the man killed Wednesday in a motorcycle accident.

in Local

Accident at Clear Lake and I-55 Sends Four to Hospital

Fresh
student trucker

Traffic near a stand-still on southbound I-55 near Clear Lake as crews work to clear an accident

in Local

Cuts Are on the Way to IHPA

ihpa logo

Perhaps lawmakers will give historic sites more money

in Local

Smart Grid Is on ISU’s Rader

isu

New way to measure how much power is used - and when

in Election 2014, Local

Democrats, GOP Spar Over “Business Inversion”

Updated
oberweiss

Durbin's Walgreen-inspired idea "stupid," says Oberweis