Ariel Castro Charged With Kidnapping, Rape

The Slatest
Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
May 8 2013 5:18 PM

Ariel Castro Charged With Kidnapping, Rape; "No Evidence" Brothers Were Involved

Ariel Castro is shown in Cleveland, Ohio in this May 7, 2013 booking photo provided by the Cleveland Police Department. Castro and his two brothers, Onil and Pedro, were arrested in connection with the abduction of three Cleveland women found alive after vanishing in their own neighborhood for about a decade.
Ariel Castro is shown in Cleveland, Ohio in this May 7, 2013 booking photo provided by the Cleveland Police Department

Photo by Cleveland Police Department/Reuters

Authorities today filed kidnapping and rape charges against Ariel Castro, the man they say held three women captive inside his Cleveland house for roughly a decade. Prosecutors, however, cleared the man's two brothers who they had also arrested earlier this week in connection with the case.

Josh Voorhees Josh Voorhees

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping, one each for the three women who went missing in the early 2000s—Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry—and a fourth for Berry's 6-year-old daughter who was rescued Monday along with the women. Castro was also charged with three counts of rape, one for each of the three women.

Advertisement

The 52-year-old former school bus driver owns the two-story house from which the women were rescued on Monday evening. He will be arraigned in court tomorrow.

There was "no evidence" that his brothers—Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50—were involved, according to Cleveland city prosecutor Victor Perez. Both of the brothers, however, will be in court Thursday morning on warrants for outstanding misdemeanors unrelated to the case.

Officials are still keeping quiet on many of the details of the horrors the women likely suffered while locked away in the house, but a city councilman briefed on the case, Brian Cummins, painted a dark picture earlier today. Here's the Associated Press with the tough-to-read details:

[Cummins] said that they were subjected to prolonged sexual and psychological abuse and suffered miscarriages. Cummins also said the women were kept in the basement for some time.
"We know that the victims have confirmed miscarriages, but with who, how many and what conditions we don't know," he said. He added: "It sounds pretty gruesome."

Knight was the first of the three girls to disappear, in August of 2002. Berry went missing in April 2003 after last being seen leaving her job at a Cleveland-area Burger King. She disappeared the day before her 17th birthday. One year later, Dejesus, then 14, went missing while walking home from her middle school in the same part of the city.

This post has been updated with additional information.

TODAY IN SLATE

Culturebox

The Ebola Story

How our minds build narratives out of disaster.

The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics

A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers

Education

Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.

Culturebox

The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Would You Trust Walmart to Provide Your Health Care? (You Should.)

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
  Business
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
  Life
Dear Prudence
Oct. 23 2014 6:00 AM Monster Kids from poorer neighborhoods keep coming to trick-or-treat in mine. Do I have to give them candy?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
  Arts
Culturebox
Oct. 22 2014 11:54 PM The Actual World “Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.