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Consultants: Cleveland Kidnapper’s Death A Suicide

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Ariel Castro pleads to Judge Michael Russo during his sentencing on Aug. 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (credit: Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)

Ariel Castro pleads to Judge Michael Russo during his sentencing on Aug. 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (credit: Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two corrections consultants have concluded that Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro committed suicide in his prison cell and didn’t die by accidentally killing himself while attempting to achieve a sexual thrill.

The nationally regarded consultants rejected a suggestion in a state prisons report last month that Castro’s Sept. 3 hanging was not a suicide as originally believed.

The consultants’ report released Tuesday says all available evidence, including a shrine-like display in Castro’s cell and an increasing tone of frustration in his prison journal, point to suicide.

The 53-year-old Castro had just begun serving a life sentence plus 1,000 years for imprisoning and raping three women in his shuttered house for a decade.

Castro was found hanging in his cell from a sheet attached to a window hinge.

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