September 4, 2013
Ariel Castro Ariel Castro (Tony Dejak/Associated Press)

Ariel Castro is dead. Sure, the convicted kidnapper and rapist who fathered a child with one of the three women he held captive for close to a decade and was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years without the possibility of parole, was supposed to die in jail. Just not this way.

Castro was found dangling from a bedsheet in his prison cell Tuesday night. A suicide, the coroner determined. According to Reuters, he “was under protective custody and isolated from other inmates at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio.” But Castro wasn’t under suicide watch, which would have had him under constant surveillance.

Castro’s death marks the third in the Ohio prison system in the last 30 days. While an investigation is underway to determine how Castro was able to kill himself, I’ve seen enough “Law & Order” episodes to know to be super-skeptical of death-by-bedsheet. Still, given what he did to Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, I can’t say that I’m torn up about Castro going to hell early.

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Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.
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