Browsing through cyberspace, I came upon a story that Ariel Castro, the man who's serving about a million years for kidnapping three women and holding them captive for years, was found hanging in his prison cell last Tuesday.
The above headline immediately came to mind because this guy, sick as he may be, apparently couldn't take being cooped in captivity. Unlike his victims. The women truly are the stronger of the genders. What they coped with for many turns of the calendar, Castro couldn't do for little over a month after his sentencing on August 1 (the prosecutor who put him away said about as much).
According to the BBC report I read, at his final hearing, Castro said he was driven by sex and that it was an addiction. In the story, his lawyers (nobody could get me to represent him) said they hoped "researchers would study him (Castro) for clues that could be used to stop other predators". Well, now they have their chance.
Castro was in protective custody (in a cell by himself) because of his infamy. Even if you've never been in prison, you know that guys locked up for sexual-based offences are not looked on positively by their fellow inmates. Murder, armed robbery and assault are more 'manly' offences apparently. But rape, kidnapping (especially if any of your victims were underage at the time), and other similar offences, are a no-no. You get zero ratings for those. Then there's the whole thing about reciprocity. The touchy-feely inmates would looove to meet you and dish out some of the punishment you gave.
In a way, it would have been better if Castro had been picked off by one of the other inmates (NB we're assuming he aced himself). At least, maybe he would have put up a fight. To go out swinging from the rafters is a punk way to exit. Considering the pickle he was in, maybe it was the right thing to do; just get it over with. I'm sure the Ohio taxpayers won't mind. They would have been paying for his incarceration for years.
Speaking of hanging. Like everyone else, I'm sitting and watching the Jamaica Labour Party hang itself, again! Seriously, haven't they learned from past mistakes? Airing laundry, whether dirty or clean, is never a good thing. And certainly not when you're in opposition. How are people supposed to look to you as a viable alternative if you can't even handle an unofficial leadership race properly?
Oh well, there's enough time to get things back together as I don't foresee a snap election any time soon. But seriously, Labourites, step away from the noose before you drop through the trapdoor.
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