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At Thursday’s emotional, 4-hour sentencing hearing, Cleveland murderer, rapist, and kidnapper Ariel Castro said, “I am not a monster. I am sick.”  He denied he was a violent person and said he was a “happy person inside” but suffered from a porn addiction.

Castro, who interrupted the judge several times during the hearing, denied the murder charge for the death of the unborn baby of Michelle Knight: “There was never any evidence of that. But I didn’t want to put these women through anymore psychological…so that’s why I pled guilty to that. But there was never no evidence of a fetus. That never happened. ” Court documents revealed that  Castro “kicked her in the stomach, jumped on her stomach, and starved her for days to terminate the pregnancy.”

Judge Michael Russo said, “Mr. Castro, you talked with your attorneys and you made the decision to plead the count as indicted, right?”

“Yes, that’s correct. But I never killed anyone. I am not a murderer.”

Ariel Castro, who pleaded guilty to 937 charges, including rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder related to the kidnapping and captivity of Amanda Berry, Berry’s daughter Jocelyn, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight in Cleveland, Ohio, over the course of 11 years, was formally sentenced on Thursday. Castro had previously agreed to a sentence of life plus 1000 years of incarceration in order to avoid the death penalty for the murder of Knight’s unborn child, whom he fathered.

During the hearing, which the victims attended, Castro claimed that sex with the young women was mostly consensual and that they asked him for sex. “As God as my witness, I never tortured these victims, I never beat them,” he claimed, despite volumes of evidence to the contrary. He said, “These girls were not virgins and had been with multiple partners before me. I did not prey on these women.”

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I'm sick of monsters who claim they're merely sick. Does that make me a monster?
1 year ago
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Murder? Of a fetus? How's that?

"Fetus" is Liberal/Latin for "disposable non-human mass of cells."

Our nation has "murdered" something like 54 million fetuses since 1973, and the abortion practitioners are wealthy, honored... and walking around free.

Why is this guy called a sick monster while President Obama thanks God for tax-funded Planned Parenthood?

1 year ago
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The mind boggles. At the risk of being accused of having an "overly simplistic Manichean view of humanity" I think we can safely say this guy is just pure evil. (Also, per Hannah Arnedt, he's incredibly "banal" to boot.) The Left has done a remarkable job eliminating the concept of "good" and "evil" in society. They have successfully substituted the notion of "victim" (good) and "victimizer" (bad.) The key difference between the two worldviews is that the world of the victim and victimizer also requires a third party - the "victim advocate." This is the individual (usually self-appointed) who determines who is a "victim" and what sort of reparations they should get from the "victimizer." In this view the victim is almost an inanimate object who can only become fully realized with the aid of the "advocate." The beauty of this is that most of us know the difference between "good and evil." In the "victim/victimizer" culture it is the victim advocate who TELLS you if you are entitled to be a victim or not. Thus a thriving industry is born and moral relativism triumphs. I can understand why Mr. Castro made such a pitch in court. It has worked so well for so long for others.
1 year ago
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What's with a sentence of "life w/o parole plus 1,000 years"?

What's that extra 1,000 years worth? It's idiotic.
1 year ago
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No it's not. You have to understand the way the system works. Life without parole means just that to you and me, but it does NOT mean that to the penal system.

Life plus 1,000 is making sure he doesn't get out for good behavior.
1 year ago
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Justice won't be done until other prisoners snuff him out.
1 year ago
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He should be sealed in plastic and flung into the sun.
1 year ago
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This is a common, even in some sense a normal, reaction to this kind of thing.

This is why we have a prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment".


Hanging will do.
1 year ago
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This is nothing more than the sickness that comes from believing that the root cause of society's ills always lie outside one's self and never with one's self.
1 year ago
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Here is a thought that may not be very Christian but reflects my feelings toward this thing masquerading as a human being. It would be nice if they could have a convenient noose hanging in Castro's cell for him to see every day and use when it suits him.
1 year ago
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He's not sick, he's a monster.


1 year ago
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1 thousand years behind bars can never makeup for 11 years of hell.
1 year ago
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I completely agree. Also because the 1000 years are symbolic only, and because they are 1000 years of a thug anyway. The 11 years robbed are the most beautiful years of three worthwhile citizens. They suffered, stagnated in life, and regressed too. What can make up for that? Maybe the state of Ohio for failing to protect its citizens must materially help comfort them.

If he knew that he was sick, he should have surrendered himself headfirst to a doctor. Then I would have compassion for him. Not after that he was caught ruining more than three lives.

I have a feeling that a little more down the road he would have killed these three women, one at a time. Maybe he has done that with others that we don't know.

It adds to my disdain that this thug grows a philosopher's beard and takes the sage's pose.
1 year ago
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A bill was introduced in the Ohio legislature to that effect to:

"award at least twenty-five thousand dollars per year from the court of claims victims of crime fund to any survivor of abduction who was abducted for a period of eight years or more; to award free tuition at any state university or college to any such survivor of abduction; to seek a waiver from the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services for medical assistance to be provided for any such survivor of abduction for the duration of the survivor's lifetime; and to name the provisions of this bill the Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus Survivors of Abduction Act."

http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_197
1 year ago
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A private fund set up to aid the victims has raised more than a million dollars to date. Anyone wishing to help can donate here:

http://clevelandcourage.org/
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