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Castro: Son 'Horrified' By Ohio Kidnappings
The son of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has said he hopes the case will help prevent other sexual predators' crimes and domestic violence.
Anthony Castro wrote in the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he felt "horrified and disgusted and angered" by his father's actions, adding that he deserved every day of his 1,000-year sentence.
Ariel Castro committed suicide in prison earlier this month as he began a life sentence for imprisoning three women in his home for a decade, repeatedly beating and raping them.
"I'm still shell-shocked from the way these past several months unfolded," Anthony Castro wrote.
"Instantly, my father became one of the most hated men alive."
Mr Castro recounted having to deal with "surreal" media attention when the news emerged - leading him at one point to seek refuge at a friend's home.
He also said thieves broke into his house, ransacked it and carved an offensive word in the door before leaving.
"I am not my father, and I can't explain his actions or be held accountable for something I never knew he was doing," he wrote.
Castro's victims - Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight - disappeared between 2002 and 2004, when they were 16, 14 and 20 years old.
They told a horrific story of starvation, beatings and sexual abuse during the years of captivity in Castro's Cleveland home.
"I was horrified and disgusted and angered when I got the news of the unthinkable crimes my father committed. I still am," his son said.
"My anger with him kept me from visiting him in prison, even when he was moved to a facility just 20 minutes away from my doorstep."
But Mr Castro sought to look forward, and find lessons from the case.
"The question should be, now what?," he wrote.
"If my father's life and death can lead to changes in how we deal with sexual predators, domestic violence, mental illness and, yes, prison safety, then we should have those discussions.
"If we can prevent a repeat here or anywhere, then justice truly will have been served amid all the broken pieces my father left behind."