Auto-Erotic Asphyxiation Possible In Castro Death

An ODRC report indicates Ariel Castro may not have intended to commit suicide.(Photo: File photo)
An ODRC report indicates Ariel Castro may not have intended to commit suicide.(Photo: File photo)

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 said Castro’s pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles when he was found Sept. 3 in his cell at a prison south of Columbus.

It also said 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.

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It also indicates an ambulance contracted to provide medical assistance at the prison was significantly late in arriving, but the delay didn’t affect the outcome.

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

Castro was serving a life sentence plus 1,000 years for holding three women captive for a decade.

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