By Dave Andrusko As the father of three daughters, few stories ever hit me as hard as the trial of Ariel Castro who kidnapped three women and treated them with unimaginable brutality over a span of 11 years. The three women were Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, who was the first to …Continue reading "Michelle Knight, a portrait in courage, says she has forgiven Ariel Castro"
By Dave Andrusko Convicted kidnapper, rapist, and murderer Ariel Castro was formally sentenced today to life imprisonment plus 1,000 years. Castro’s murder conviction was under a fetal homicide law, having “repeatedly starved and beat one of the victims each time she was pregnant, forcing her to miscarry five times,” the Associated Press reported. “He forced …Continue reading "Ariel Castro sentenced to life imprisonment plus 1,000 years"
By Dave Andrusko For a second time, accused kidnapper and murderer Ariel Castro pled not guilty this morning, this time to an expanded 977-count indictment after previously pleading not guilty to charges in a 329-count indictment. Castro, a former school bus driver, is accused of having kidnapped three teenage women–Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina …Continue reading "Ariel Castro pleads not guilty a second time to hundreds of charges, including aggravated murder in the death of unborn baby"
By Dave Andrusko Having already been arraigned on seven counts of kidnapping and rape, there may be further charges against Ariel Castro.Timothy McGinty, the lead prosecutor in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, said he wants a grand jury to indict Castro for aggravated murder for each of the five unborn babies who died when their mother was …Continue reading "Prosecutor seeks to indict Ariel Castro for aggravated murder for each of five unborn babies who died when he allegedly starved and beat their mother"