So it is official, Ariel Castro is facing a total of 329 charges for the kidnappings and rapes of three Ohio women. When this case first started last month, Castro and his two brothers were arrested for the kidnappings of Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus and Michelle Knight. The two brothers were later released when evidence didn’t implicate them in these crimes.
We now know that Castro is facing 329 charges including 177 counts of kidnapping, 139 counts of rape, seven counts of gross sexual imposition, three counts of felony assault,one count of possession of criminal tools and one count of aggravated murder for allegedly terminating a pregnancy of one of the girls.
Amanda Berry also gave birth to a daughter while being held captive, the six year old girl is believed to be the biological daughter of Castro. The indictment has very gruesome details of the time that these girls were held captive in his home, details about their constant abuse and rapes that I chose not to write about.
After being held captive for more than 10 years, Berry escaped and ran to a neighbors home where she called police and led them back to the house to rescue the other two women. A couple weeks ago the women released a letter of gratitude via their lawyers for the continuous support of the public and for respecting their privacy since their rescue.
We also heard from Castro’s daughter, Emily Castro, during a jailhouse interview about how she knew two of the kidnapping victims. Her and her sister went to school with two of the girls and her sister was the last one to be seen with one of them the day they disappeared.
Castro was arrested for the kidnappings on May 6th, 2013 and is currently being held on $8 million bail. Most of the charges have aggravated circumstances tied to them, also their may still be more charges filed. I will keep you posted as more information becomes available.