Report: Ohio kidnapper called victim’s mother
FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2013 file photo, Ariel Castro bows his head in the courtroom during his sentencing sentencing in Cleveland. Castro, 53, now serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and rape, was found hanging in his cell, Tuesday night, Sept. 3, 2013, at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, FILE)
FILE - In this July 26, 2013 Ariel Castro sits in a Cleveland courtroom where he pleaded guilty to 937 counts of rape and kidnapping for holding three women captive in his home for a decade. Castro, 53, serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and rape, was found hanging in his cell, Tuesday night, Sept. 3, 2013, at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
A man who held three women for a decade in his Cleveland home said authorities missed an opportunity to catch him in 2004, because his picture should have been captured by a school security camera minutes before he abducted one of his victims, according to interrogation videotapes that became public yesterday.
In the video, deceased kidnapper Ariel Castro says cameras outside Gina DeJesus’ school should have captured him there 15 minutes before the then-14-year-old girl was abducted.
“You could have broke the case right then and there,” Castro told the police during a recorded interview that was obtained by NBC and first reported yesterday on the Today show.
The Cleveland police did not respond to requests for comment regarding Castro’s claim that there was a missed opportunity to catch him after DeJesus disappeared.
The recording shows the former school-bus driver eating a slice of pizza and later pacing the room during a reportedly four-hour interrogation in which he told the police he had used victim Amanda Berry’s cell phone to call her mother and say she was alive.
“I think I said something . . . that I have her daughter and that she’s okay, and that she’s my wife now – something like that, you know, probably not the exact words,” he told investigators.
Castro also describes what he considered a close call: a girlfriend spotted a television on in a room occupied by victim Michelle Knight. Castro told police that made him think he might be caught.
Castro, 53, was a month into his life sentence when he hanged himself in his prison cell Tuesday night.
The state has launched two probes related to Castro, Ohio prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said. One looks into the suicide, and the other examines whether Castro received proper medical and mental health care leading up to his death.