Ariel Castro, the man accused in the rape and abduction of three Cleveland women over 10 years, was ordered held on $8 million bond by Judge Lauren Moore. Appearing in court handcuffed and in a blue jumpsuit, Castro’s bond was set at $2 million per victim — Amanda Berry, 27, her six-year-old daughter, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32. He was charged yesterday on four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.
According to Reuters, this is the first time Castro, 52, has been seen in public since this horror was brought to light on Monday. The article also says he’s on suicide watch and being kept in isolation in prison.
“The man doesn’t have any money,” his court-appointed attorney Kathleen DeMetz is quoted saying. During the proceedings DeMetz argued that the bond should be lower because he’s lived in Cleveland for 39 years but has no criminal record. Yes, but he held three women captive for 10 of those years undetected.
“Prosecutors requested a high bond during the hearing and described the decade of abuse as a ‘horrifying ordeal,’ in which the women were beaten, bound, restrained and sexually assaulted,” reports The New York Times. Details about the decade-long confinement of the three women continue to come out, with reports now saying they were only allowed out of the house twice during that entire time (to go to the garage) and that Knight was pregnant multiple times, with Castro starving and beating her until she miscarried. The women were chained in the basement of the house until they were allowed to move to the upper floor.
Berry’s child was born in a plastic pool in the house, according to the Times, with Knight saying that Castro threatened to kill her if the baby didn’t survive.
Castro’s two brothers have not been charged with anything related to this crime. Onil, 50, and Pedro, 54, appeared in court this morning on unrelated misdemeanor charges.