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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro said he called the mother of one of his captives and told the woman her daughter was alive and had become his wife, according to a videotaped FBI interrogation.
Castro also told investigators that authorities missed opportunities to capture him while he held the three women captive for more than a decade in a house with boarded up windows where they were repeatedly beaten and raped.
“I think I said something … that I have her daughter and that she’s OK, and that she’s my wife now — something like that, you know, probably not the exact words,” he told investigators.
When asked for the mother’s response, Castro said: “I hung up so we didn’t have a conversation.”
Castro, 53, was a month into his life sentence when he committed suicide Tuesday night.
Castro also told investigators that authorities missed opportunities for catching him while he held the kidnapped women, who were ages 14, 16 and 20 when captured.
“You could have broke the case right then and there,” he said.
“Was it a close call?” an investigator said.
“Yeah,” he said.
A message was left with representatives of the victims Friday morning.
NBC provided additional details about a 2004 note Castro wrote that investigators found when they searched the house. “I want to put an end to my life and let the devil deal with me,” a section of the note read.
Two state reviews are underway, Ohio prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said, one looking into the suicide itself, and the other is examining whether Castro received proper medical and mental health care leading up the suicide.
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