Ariel Castro coroner disputes auto-erotic reports

Ariel Castro coroner disputes auto-erotic reports
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Friday, October 11, 2013 - 6:46am

A new Ohio Medical Examiner's report finds kidnapper Ariel Castro did not die of auto-erotic asphyxiation. Rather, Franklin County Coroner Paula Gorniak says Castro's death was suicide.

According to corrections officers, Castro was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell, with his pants and underwear down but Gorniak says that doesn't mean auto-erotic asphyxiation was responsible for his death.

Auto-erotic asphyxiation involves depriving the brain of oxygen by controlled strangulation to intensify a sexual experience. Castro was convicted and sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for holding captive and repeatedly raping three girls in his Cleveland home for nearly ten years.

He was later found dead in his jail cell on September 3, 2013.

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