Is Ariel Castro, Suspected of Kidnapping and Imprisoning 3 Cleveland Women for 10 Years, a Monster?

15 May

Three women from the Cleveland were rescued earlier this month from a house where they claim to have been imprisoned by the owner, Ariel Castro, for a decade.  Statements to police which have been released both officially and unofficially indicate the women were all abducted, held in the house against their will, starved, beaten, chained, raped, and psychologically tortured.

Circumstantial evidence in the form of statements by Ariel Castro’s relatives, including his daughter and two brothers, friends, and neighbors continues to mount, all of which paints a picture of a man hiding secrets which now seem to be revealed as the kidnapping, imprisonment, and torture of the three rescued women.

Today, Ariel Castro’s attorneys declared he would plead Not Guilty.  They went even further by claiming Ariel Castro is not a “monster”, insinuating he may not have held the three women against their wills.  You can read the details here:

We will examine a few of the attorney’s statements in detail:

In reference to a six year old girl also rescued from the house and identified as the daughter conceived and delivered in captivity by one of the kidnap victims:

Jaye Schlachet, Attorney: “I can tell you that Mr. Castro is extremely committed to the well being and positive future for his daughter, who he loves dearly.  And if people find that to be a disconnect from what he’s alleged to have done, then the people will just have to deal with it. We just know how he feels about his little girl.”

“We just know” – Even if we could accept the statement about Mr. Castro’s extreme commitment to the welfare of his daughter who he required be born in a baby pool in the living room rather than at a hospital with adequate medical care and never once took to the pediatrician for a check-up, we must ask how the attorney “just” knows how Mr. Castro feels.  Did Mr. Castro tell him?  If so, why the need for the word “just”, which indicates discomfort on the part of the attorney with this statement?

“positive future” – What is “positive” about a future in which the little girl grows to adulthood imprisoned in a house with no educational or social opportunities as she watches her mother slowly age and die from enforced malnutrition?  Until she was rescued by police, we can be “positive” this was the “future” for Ariel Castro’s daughter.

Craig Weintraub, Attorney: “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.  I know that family members who have been interviewed by the media have expressed that as well.”

“Initial portrayal” – this wording indicates the media no longer portrays Ariel Castro as a “monster”.  Apparently, this attorney is no longer reading or watching media reporting of facts, which is not a “portrayal” as these are facts, as the case against Mr. Castro continues to grow and the details revealed continue to shock America with their hideousness.  Or this attorney is admitting the reporting by the media is not a “portrayal” at all.

“that’s not the impression” – the word “that” indicates a need by the speaker to distance himself from his statement, which is an indication of a lie, fabrication, or exaggeration.  “Impression” is a word which leaves a lot of wiggle room as an “impression” is not a statement of fact, but of opinion.  The attorney is not stating Ariel Castro is not a “monster”, but rather Mr. Castro does not seem like a monster during a conversation of three hours.  The women who spent ten years imprisoned and chained most likely have a different “impression” of Mr. Castro.

“I know that family members who have been interviewed by the media have expressed that as well.” – What did “family members” express?  Did they express Ariel Castro was a “monster”?  If “family members”, people who have known Ariel Castro their entire lives, believe he is a “monster”, why would we give any weight to the opinion of an attorney who spoke with him for a mere three hours and has a vested interest in the public believing Mr. Castro is not a “monster”?

What have we learned?

We have learned Ariel Castro spoke with his attorneys for multiple hours and they are not willing to make a statement he is not a “monster”, but can go only so far as to state he does not seem like a “monster” during the short time they have personally known him.

We have learned the media is not responsible for the public believing Ariel Castro is a “monster”.  Ariel Castro and his actions including the preparation of prison areas inside his home and the abducting of three women and the imprisonment of his own six year old daughter are responsible for the public’s label of “monster”, the media simply reported these facts.

We have learned family members who know Ariel Castro better than anyone else in the world believe he is capable and guilty of these actions.


5 Responses to “Is Ariel Castro, Suspected of Kidnapping and Imprisoning 3 Cleveland Women for 10 Years, a Monster?”

  1. Liz May 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    good to see you writing again. nice article

  2. cecelia May 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Yay Bull you’re back. You have been missed much! have you been watching the Hodi arias trial?

  3. Sherry May 15, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Glad you are back. If you could add the Share buttons it will make it easier for us to share your posts on Twitter and Facebook and the others. God bless~

  4. Leonel Ingram May 23, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Weintraub said his job in this case, along with Schlachet, is “to make sure that people can exercise their constitutional rights to have an attorney and a fair trial.

  5. Harrison Gregory June 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    That’s the nonsense heard ’round Cleveland – nay, the world – today now that one of Ariel Castro’s attorneys, Craig Weintraub, has offered a few public thoughts on his client. We like to think he chose his wording carefully after perusing last week’s Scene (see below).

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