Something to chew on

This is a pretty interesting Slate article that argues that, although nobody liked Ariel Castro, we should not be rejoicing that he managed to kill himself in custody. That his death indicates some serious problems with the system that was supposed to keep him alive.

Unfortunately, much as I hate to admit it, I’m inclined to agree with them. I’m not thinking about Castro so much as other people I’ve heard about, people locked up for far lesser crimes, who were also permitted to kill themselves behind bars. The article points out that suicide is responsible for about one-third of all inmate deaths — and that’s not something anyone should be proud of.

Internet commenters can gloat that Castro’s no longer a guest of the taxpayers, but he’s also not serving his sentence. And if you want to talk about where your taxpayer money is going, you might also want to ask how it’s managing to pay for a system of “protective custody” that makes it that easy for a man to die in it.

Quite so. As for Castro himself, as the article points out:

And on NBC Wednesday, psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopoulos said that Castro “decided his fate, something [his victims] were never ever able to do for themselves. He had ultimate control. To some extent this was in a way his last slap to their faces — ‘I’ve got this over you.'” […] Today, it appears instead that Ariel Castro got to choose a means of escape – an escape that came mere weeks after his confinement — in sharp contrast to the years of isolation his victims knew. That death suggests that a man whose entire modus operandi was about power and control got to exercise his power and control right up to his final breath. And there’s no way you can convince me that’s any kind of justice, for anybody.

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7 thoughts on “Something to chew on

  1. Burt September 5, 2013 / 8:31 am

    The point made in the last paragraph you quote is one I’d suggested in an earlier comment on this blog…the system should have “protected” Castro and forced him to suffer and serve out his sentence. It’s regrettable that he got the final say in his fate.

  2. Mark Ryder September 5, 2013 / 2:52 pm

    It’s surely NOT good that Ariel Castro is dead. He may have been responsible for a lot of other crimes. Remember Ashley Summers? And she could be just one of many. Did he have other victims? Was he a serial killer? Now he’s dead he can’t reveal any of his secrets. That’s a good thing, is it? I don’t think it is. Do you REALLY believe he did the world a favour by killing himself?

    • Jose September 5, 2013 / 3:17 pm

      You are so right on, but do you really think he would have confessed?

  3. cris September 5, 2013 / 8:04 pm

    Isnt it good that he’s dead though i would imagine his victims would be relieved he could never possibly harm them again rather then be upset about it…

  4. Allykatt September 6, 2013 / 3:13 am

    I agree with the article also. Kind of reminds me of Israel Keyes committing suicide and taking all his secrets with him. He as well as Castro in the end had the upper hand. It is all about control even to their final breath.

  5. emma l September 6, 2013 / 9:03 am

    I agree with the article also. In fact as Mark has commented above, he may be responsible for other crimes and now we have zero chance of knowing.

  6. Kat September 9, 2013 / 9:45 am

    Fine, but both Israel and Ariel (don’t get me started) made the choices, whacked as they were. I’ve said for YEARS that killers like Gacy and Bundy were ushered into the death chamber way before they gave up their secrets too, before their brains were picked fully. I’m sure there are others as well. As depressing as it is, we as humans have to admit that some things will never be solved. I wish it wasn’t, but it is.

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