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.

Latest Stories

in Charlottesville City, Local, UVA

Police Investigate Report Of Off-Grounds Assault

Updated
UVA Police Car McCormick Rd

UVA Police investigate a woman's report she was sexually assaulted on Brandon Avenue.

in Local Sports, Sports, UVA Sports

Ahead Of The Orange Blue Game, London Celebrates Something Bigger

Mike London

London celebrates another successful bone marrow drive.

in Local, Surrounding Counties

Dominion Will Close Ash Ponds At Some Plants

Dominion Virginia Power Truck 032613 CC

Dominion Power will close coal ash ponds at a Fluvanna facility and three others.

in Albemarle County, Election, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Culpeper Woman Abandons Bid For State Senate

Elephant Donkey Symbols  102708

A Culpeper woman abandons her campaign for the State Senate.

in Local, Surrounding Counties

Man Becomes Suspect In Death Of UMW Student

Mary Washington University of

A man is a suspect in the death of a University of Mary Washington student.