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Prison Investigates Castro's Prison Suicide
COLUMBUS (Ben Garbarek) -- An investigation is underway to figure out how Ariel Castro managed to hang himself while in prison. The man convicted of kidnapping and raping three women while holding them captive for a decade hanged himself with a bedsheet Tuesday evening.
Guards at the Franklin County Jail said every inmate is checked out physically and mentally as soon as he or she arrives. The Sheriff said it's possible Castro didn't give any of the usual signs that he may be suicidal.
"Maybe he knew what he was doing," Sheriff Zach Scott said. "(Maybe) he was waiting for the opportunity to kill himself."
State prison officials said guards would check on Castro every 30 minutes, but Scott said inmates can hang themselves in less than thirty seconds.
Guards said high-profile inmates like Castro are often held in single cells to protect them from other inmates. Often people convicted of rape or crimes against hcildren are prime targets for the other inmates.
The state prison and Ohio Highway Patrol are launching separate investigations to figure out if all the rules were followed with Castro.
It may turn up that all the rules were followed.
"It very well may be they did nothing wrong," Scott said. "He may have gone in there telling them everything they wanted to hear, knowing that he was going to do this later, and when he was alone, took his bed sheet and did what he had to do."
The Sheriff and other guards at the jail all said they are going to look at the results of the investigations to see if there are any lessons to be learned at the jail.