Perhaps he thought the court’s sentence of life plus a thousand years wasn’t quite harsh enough.
Perhaps he thought it was too harsh, and didn’t feature being behind bars for the rest of his life.
Perhaps he figured he was likely to be murdered in prison anyway and preferred to escape that fate.
Perhaps he felt shame about his crimes.
Perhaps he felt guilt.
Perhaps he was bone-weary tired of living.
Perhaps. But all we know is that Ariel Castro died Tuesday evening by hanging, most likely by his own hand, and that security at the prison was obviously inadequate to prevent it.
The house where Castro tortured his victims for so many painful years had already been demolished. Now, just a month after his sentencing, Castro has been erased as well. But the freed women and child go on—let us hope to lead long, healthy, happy, productive lives.