“It hurts so bad. I feel like…I feel used. I feel like I’m nothing to him. I feel nothing anymore.”
Those are the words of 25-year-old Emily Castro, speaking on her father, Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper who held Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight captive in his home for 10 years. The young woman spoke to a private investigator from Cleveland’s FOX affiliate this week about her dad’s deeds, and claims that she feels he used her to find his victims. Berry and DeJesus were classmates of Castro, and according to the private investigator, before the women were taken, they felt safe riding with Ariel Castro because Emily had been in the car before they got in. “Amanda, I went to Wilbur Wright with her. I had seen Gina a couple times. It couldn’t have been a coincidence.”
And while Castro had been a violent man, and had allegedly beaten Emily’s mother for years, she never would have imagined he would have been capable of doing such a thing to these women.
“He’s a monster. And then actually seeing the guy that hugged us, and smiled with us, and took us to eat, and cared about us supposedly, is the guy who’s in handcuffs.”
“I didn’t know he was ever capable of ever doing what he was doing. As far as that goes, I would have never believed that of my dad until they came here and they told me.”
Emily does say that because of the way her father treated her mother she rarely visited his home, the same place where he kept all the women hidden. But when she did, she noticed little things, like a huge speaker blocking people from going upstairs, but not enough to make her suspicious.
On an interesting and sad side note, this whole interview was done behind prison walls. Emily Castro has her own share of legal trouble to deal with. According to RadarOnline, the young woman is in prison for 25 years for cutting the throat of her own daughter and herself (along with her own wrists) after the father of her child moved out from their shared home in Fort Wayne, Ohio. Thankfully, the child, who was 11 months old at the time, managed to recover from her injuries. Clearly Emily did as well, and she was later found mentally ill at the time of her crime…I don’t have anything nice to say about all this information, so I’ll just let you guys simmer on that.
But anyway, what are your thoughts on her comments about her father and the unintentional role she thinks she played in these kidnappings?