Attorneys for accused rapist and kidnapper, Ariel Castro, say he will plead “not guilty” if he is to be indicted on those charges. According to Craig Weintraub and Jaye Sclachet, Castro’s legal counsel, he is not the monster the media has portrayed him to be.
Castro has been accused of allegedly kidnapping and raping three women (two of them were barely teenagers at the time) and holding them in his Ohio home for almost a decade. Some are describing it as a house of horrors.
“The initial portrayal by the media has been one of a ‘monster’ and that’s not the impression that I got when I talked to him for three hours,” Weintraub told the NY Post. “I know that family members who have been interviewed by the media have expressed that as well.” (nypost.com)
When Amanda Berry finally escaped from the home where she had been kept, her daughter, Jocelyn was also freed. Jocelyn is a product of the years in captivity she spent with Castro. It was proven through DNA tests that Castro is the father of 6-year-old Jocelyn.
Castro’s attorneys believe he is committed to the little girl, going so far as to say that he loves her dearly and wants a positive future for his daughter. Schlachet goes on to opine, “And if people find that to be a disconnect from what he’s alleged to have done, then the people will have to deal with it. We just know how he feels about his little girl.” (nypost.com)
According to Schlachet and Weintraub, Castro has not admitted anything to them, although it is rumored a suicide note was found in his home whereby he admits to being a sexual predator and blames the victims for getting into his car.
When asked how the women became captives inside the Castro home, Weintraub refused to answer, saying only, “That fact will be disclosed as the case progresses. I am aware of how he came into contact with them.” (nytimes.com)
However, Castro’s ideas about parenting may be somewhat skewed; his daughter Emily Castro is serving a 30-year prison sentence for slashing the throat of her 11-month-old baby in retaliation for her boyfriend moving out. Therefore, whatever positive future her father may have wanted for her was utterly absent. Court records prove her father was not even part of the proceedings, he abandoned her probably when she needed him most, if not before.
Besides the charges against him for Amanda Berry, Castro also has charges in connection to the kidnappings of Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight who were rescued at the same time. All three women were missing for almost a decade.
Knight alleges she was repeatedly raped and assaulted five times, miscarrying each time as a result of the attacks. She reportedly need facial reconstruction surgery due to the severe nature of the assaults against her.
Castro is currently on suicide watch at a Cuyahoga County Jail where he is being held on $8 million bond.
By Dawn Cranfield
Senior Correspondent/Product Specialist