While asserting repeatedly that he is not a monster, Cleveland murderer-kidnapper Ariel Castro did a pretty good job of illustrating that he’s … well … a monster. At his sentencing yesterday he was confronted by victims’ family members as well as Michelle Knight, whom he had held captive for eleven years. When you think of the horror this guy put these people through, he got off very lightly in terms of their victim impact statements which shows their strength of character.
That’s a bit like a burglar blaming the homeowner for not having better locks on their door and the police for not stopping him!
When Castro himself spoke he droned on about not being a monster, but rather being sick, almost as if he was a victim himself. He did try to help out a little by blaming the police for not conducting a very thorough search for the girls. Then he blamed his addiction to pornography and, perhaps his coup de grace, he blamed his former wife – when all else fails, blame the ex. That’s a bit like a burglar blaming the homeowner for not having better locks on their door and the police for not stopping him!
Under the word predator in online dictionaries they should have a picture of Ariel Castro
But what I found most interesting was that a man – not a monster, who was facing 977 charges, including murder, in a case that was anything but a whodunit given he’d entered a guilty plea – had the audacity to argue with the judge on a number of the charges, including whether or not he was a predator. Under the word predator in online dictionaries they should have a picture of Ariel Castro. Once you enter a guilty plea and forego a trial – ’cause there’s nothing to prove – it’s a bit late to start questioning the charges. As Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo pointed out to Castro on several occasions, “but you already plead guilty to that”.
... but if it acts like a monster and walks like a monster, well …
Perhaps Castro is delusional and really does believe others are to blame for his atrocious acts, maybe there is an element of sickness behind his actions. If so hopefully he’ll get some treatment, but if it acts like a monster and walks like a monster, well …