When Ariel Castro is eventually brought to trial for his crimes, one of the key pieces of evidence may be a letter he wrote confessing to his many crimes—a letter made more awful by the fact it was written nine years ago. Police found the letter while searching the house and reporters from Channel 19 Action News have posted excerpts of it online.
In the letter, Castro admits that "I am a sexual predator" and the women were being held against their will. He also wonders why he took a third captive when "I already had 2 in my possession." If it was indeed written in 2004, that would have very close to the time that Castro kidnapped his third victim. He also doesn't absolve his victims from blame, saying they are captive because they made the "mistake" of getting in the car with him.
Castro writes "They are here against their will because they made a mistake of getting in a car with a total stranger."— Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylor19) May 9, 2013
The letter is described as a suicide note, since Castro says he wants to kill himself and give all his money to his victims. Obviously, that did not happen and whatever guilt or remorse he may have briefly felt was not enough to get him to let the women go and the horrific abuse continued for many more years.
Castro is expected to make his first court appearance around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, where he will be charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape, though other charges could still be added in the future. Castro's two brothers, who were also arrested with him, are believed to have had no role in the kidnapping, but have still not been released.