Ariel Castro: Son Of Alleged Cleveland Kidnapper Wrote Newspaper Article On Missing Girl After Disappearance

After 10 long years, three missing women were found alive Monday afternoon — Amanda Berry. Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — after being kidnapped and held against their will in a house with their three kidnappers, were immediately taken to Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center. The now 27 yearold Berry was the first one to escape the house, followed by a small child. Once the police arrived, they were able to enter the house and retrieve the other two women. 

Three brothers living in the house were arrested by police but their names were not released. Neighbors did state that the house belonged to Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver who has a record of domestic violence. Neighbors also told reporters that Castro mostly kept to himself, usually entering the house through the back door and keeping the lights dim or completely off. 

Perhaps the most frightening part of this kidnapping, however, lies in a news article written by the son of the owner of the house where the three girls were held, also named Ariel Castro. Castro wrote for the paper as a journalism student, and her June 2004 story was a piece about the anxiety the neighborhoods where DeJesus and Berry lived had begun feeling shortly after her abduction. A spokesman for the newspaper, Plain Press, stated that the relationship of Ariel Castro to the man in police custody was unknown to the paper. 

In that article, Castro wrote, "For seven weeks, Gina's family has been organizing searches, holding prayer vigils, posting fliers and calling press conferences," Castro wrote. "Despite the many tips and rumors that have been circulating in the neighborhood, there has been no sign of her. One thing is for certain, however. Almost everyone feels a connection with the family, and Gina's disappearance has the whole area talking."

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Kate Dowd

Graduate of University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in Spanish and Women's Studies. Proud Obama Alum, Mayoral alum, City Council alum, and School Board alum. Former President of UNO College Democrats, aspiring to be Leslie Knope, figure out the secret to getting Michelle Obama arms, the stamina and determination of Wendy Davis, the intellectual prowess of Rachel Maddow, and the sheer magnitude that comes with being Hilary. Moving to Costa Rica in November to teach English. Lover of tacos and margaritas, hugs, hope and change, my kitten Arya, Netflix + Hulu, conversations with loved ones, and smiles. Tumblr addict, still in search of my Twitter mojo, and kind of awkwardly figuring my way through Facebook's ever changing layouts. http://flirtingwithnerdythirty.wordpress.com/

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