Three women held captive in a run-down home for a decade kept diaries documenting the horrific physical and sexual abuse they suffered on a daily basis, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The women’s kidnapper, Ariel Castro, lured one of them into his Cleveland home with the promise of a puppy for her son and later locked all of them in a vehicle in his garage for three days when someone visited him, prosecutors said.
Castro, a former school- bus driver, claimed he didn’t have an exit strategy from his complicated double life and finally gave the women a chance to escape by leaving a door unlocked, they said in a court document.
One of the women broke free in May and called for help, frantically telling an emergency dispatcher, “I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for 10 years, and I’m, I’m here. I’m free now.”
Castro has pleaded guilty to 937 counts, including kidnapping, rape, assault and aggravated murder.
He’s being sentenced today.
Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty said in a sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday that Castro, who chained his captives by their ankles and fed them only one meal a day, “admits his disgusting and inhuman conduct” but “remains remorseless for his actions.”
The memorandum says many of the charges in Castro’s indictment reflect conduct documented by one of the women in her diary.
In the memorandum, prosecutors describe the horrific conditions the women endured at Castro’s hands. The women’s diaries, they say, “document abuse and life as a captive.”
“The entries speak of forced sexual conduct, of being locked in a dark room, of anticipating the next session of abuse, of the dreams of someday escaping and being reunited with family, of being chained to a wall, of being held like a prisoner of war,” the memorandum says.
When Castro was arrested, his attorneys said evidence would show he wasn’t a monster.
The county prosecutor says the facts he’ll present today at Castro’s sentencing, at which Castro faces life in prison plus 1,000 years, will prove the lawyers wrong.