Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro's son speaks out for the first time: "I am not my father"

It's been almost a month since Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro committed suicide, and now his son, Ariel Anthony Castro, is speaking out for the first time. The senior Castro was sentenced in July to 1,000 years in jail for kidnapping, raping, and assaulting 32-year-old Michelle Knight, 27-year-old Amanda Berry, and 23-year-old Gina DeJesus.

He became the world's most hated man for holding these innocent women captive for more than a decade. His son however wants to make clear that he is NOT like his father and shouldn't be persecuted for what he did.


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Days after news broke out about the atrocities that went on in Ariel Castro's house of horrors, his son had to deal with people vandalizing his home and even wrongfully naming him as the suspect. 

"I am not my father, and I can't explain his actions or be held accountable for something I never knew he was doing," he wrote in an essay in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. In fact, he was so horrified by what his father had done that he agreed with the life sentence he received. He added: "He deserved to pay for his actions, everyday of those 1,000 years he could possibly serve. My anger with him kept me from visiting him in prison, even when he was moved to a facility just 20 minutes away from my doorstep."

As disgusted and shocked as he was along with the world, the younger Castro admits that he doesn't hate his deceased father. He explained that hate isn't going to do anyone any good. "I learned long ago that it's not worth the effort to actively hate someone who will always be in your life," he wrote. He said concluding his essay and adding that his father's punishment is now between him and God.

Wow, those are some powerful words coming from Castro's own son. I can't blame him for wanting to speak out especially being so closely related to his criminal father. It's not fair to immediately target him for an awful thing his father did that he wasn't part of. I hope this gets reporters and others off his back as he has finally spoken his peace.

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