I haven’t commented on the crime or trial of Ariel Castro before now. There’s plenty of information about this crime “of the century” on television, and in the media, but today I came across an article about his son Anthony, who spoke out about his violent childhood of abuse at his father’s hands.
Not only was Anthony abused by Ariel, but he said “I was shocked because of the magnitude of such a crime,” “I don’t think I could ever imagine anyone doing that, let alone to find out it was my own flesh and blood, my father.”
I can certainly relate to how Anthony must feel in having a relative, your own flesh and blood, who commits such a heinous crime, in my case, my son Patrick. When people commit such violent crimes as rape, sexual assault, child abuse, or murder, not only does the victim suffer, but the families of the offender do as well. We feel alone, shamed and blamed. The shame should not be ours though, but only the offender should have the shame and blame, but many times they are like Ariel Castro and have no shame at all.
Here’s an excerpt from the article in the Huffington post, the link to the rest of the article is below the excerpt.
CLEVELAND — The son of the Cleveland man who admitted kidnapping, raping and enslaving three women for about a decade said Monday his father belongs in prison for the rest of his life.In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, Anthony Castro also said he has nothing to say to his father, Ariel Castro, and will not visit him in prison.Fifty-three-year-old Ariel Castro is expected to be sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty last week to 937 counts in a deal that spared him the death penalty.”I think it’s the best possible sentence,” Anthony Castro said. “I think if he really can’t control his impulses and he really doesn’t have any value for human life the way this case has shown, then behind bars is where he belongs for the rest of his life.”Anthony Castro, 31, said his father was violent, and Anthony often cried himself to sleep because he had welts on his legs from beatings. Still, he said, he wasn’t prepared to hear the details of what his father did to the women.
I agree with Anthony that his father belongs in prison for the rest of his life, If anyone in the world deserves that sentence, he does for sure. I’m glad that Anthony has also said he will not visit Ariel either.
One of Ariel’s daughters is also in prison for cutting the throat of her infant, so it is apparent that this man’s genes and abuse have spawned others just like himself…violent without conscience. For the members of his family who are not abusive or violent, I have the greatest empathy.