Last week, Ariel Castro was sentenced to life without parole plus 1000 years in prison. Cleveland is about an hour from where I live, and there have been a lot of people following this story, including me, for the past few months.
I was in my car, driving around, last week right before the sentencing when I heard the above statement from Castro. I just could not believe it. It was fascinating and scary at the same time.
"Most of the sex that went on in the house, practically all of it, was consensual.... There were even times when they would ask me for sex...."
When I heard that live, I almost stopped the car. How horrific. Blaming the victims? Really? This two minute clip sent chills up my spine. I can't even imagine 10 years of this type of thinking.
If you haven't already, check out the entire statement. I know that it's on youtube somewhere. This clip is a great insight into the mind of a monster. I know that there is a lot of guilt in that Cleveland Seymore Avenue neighborhood where that house will be torn down. Hopefully, we can all learn from this: If you see something, say something...