And - you re going to laugh - he said he was in the CIA. And I don t know if he was joking or not, but it s the way he said it, how serious he said it. I
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"And - you're going to laugh - he said he was in the CIA. And
I don't know if he was joking or not, but it's the way he said it, how serious
he said it. I didn't know what he was capable of. That just put me on defense,
and I just started stepping away," Popow said...."
- Hints of a dark side in Cleveland abduction suspect's
life - In note, Ariel Castro claimed he was sexually abused as a child -
Cleveland kidnapping suspect had history of abuse, former lover said -
Cleveland kidnappings: Suspect Ariel Castro had 'no flaw,' neighbor says -
Pentagon estimates 26,000 sexual assaults
Hints of a dark side in
Cleveland abduction suspect's life By Daniel Trotta CLEVELAND Wed
May 8, 2013
(Reuters) - In hindsight, there were signs of a darker side
to Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man suspected of abducting three girls and
holding them captive for around a decade.
Divorced years ago and never
seen in the company of women, Castro suddenly started showing up in the largely
Latino, working-class neighborhood with a 6-year-old girl. It was his
girlfriend's child, he told neighbors.
Castro, 52, was believed to have
lived alone, yet on his lunch break would bring home enough bags of fast food
and beverages for several people.
He was a school bus driver given mostly
"excellent" marks on his performance appraisals, but was repeatedly disciplined,
including for one incident when he was accused of calling a young student a
"bitch" and leaving the child alone on a bus. These incidents eventually caught
up with him, and he was fired last November....
"Ariel was in my garage
probably five or six years ago. We were recording a song, an idea we had - a
little hard rock with some Latin," said Joe Popow, 45, a father of six who said
he has known the Castro brothers since childhood.
Ariel Castro claimed he was sexually abused as a child CBS News
May 9, 2013
A Cleveland man allegedly confessed years ago in writing to
taking the three women he's accused of raping and holding captive and said that
he was abused as a child and raped by an uncle, CBS News senior investigative
producer Pat Milton reports.
According to a law enforcement source, Ariel
Castro apparently contemplated committing suicide in the lengthy, handwritten
note discovered in his house from which the women - Amanda Berry, 27, Gina
DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32 - escaped Monday.
According to the
source, Castro wrote about his whole life, saying that he was abused by his
parents as a child and that he was raped by an uncle.
provided details about taking each of his alleged victims, who went missing in
their teens and early 20s. The note was discovered by FBI agents searching his
house this week.
CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds reports Castro
called himself a "sexual predator" and blamed the women for their own
kidnappings, but he asks for whatever money he has to be donated to his victims
after his death.
kidnapping suspect had history of abuse, former lover said By Alana
Semuels and Ari Bloomekatz May 8, 2013
CLEVELAND -- One of the men
suspected of imprisoning and abusing three recently freed young women was
earlier accused of a series of violent acts against the mother of four of his
children and was ordered to complete domestic violence and substance abuse
Grimilda Figueroa, who in various court documents filed in
2005 said she had four children with Ariel Castro, told authorities that Castro
broke her nose twice, knocked out her tooth and threatened to kill her and her
daughters several times.
Cleveland kidnappings: Suspect Ariel Castro had 'no flaw,' neighbor
says By Michael Muskal and Alana Semuels May 7, 2013 CLEVELAND –
Ariel Castro, the former school bus driver who is a suspect in the kidnapping of
three women who escaped years of incarceration, was a friendly man who
befriended area children and gave no hint of what was happening behind the
locked doors of his Seymour Avenue house, his neighbors say.
“If a kid
didn’t have a father, they would look up to him. There was no flaw,” said Juan
Perez, 27, who lives two doors down from the house from where the three abducted
women escaped on Monday. “I guess he had a great mask to cover a
Castro was known for giving children rides in his four-wheeler.
He attended neighborhood parties and would have a beer....
31, who lives on the same street, said he still can’t believe the friendly guy
who would give his nieces rides was allegedly the perpetrator behind kidnappings
that have baffled this city for a decade.
estimates 26,000 sexual assaults; Obama vows crackdown By DAVID S. CLOUD
Tribune Washington Bureau Tuesday, May. 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The
Pentagon estimated that 26,000 members of the military were sexually assaulted
in unreported incidents last year - 35 percent more than in 2010 - a severe
trend that senior officials warned could threaten recruiting and retention of
women in uniform....
police in Arlington, Va., arrested the chief of the
Air Force sexual-assault prevention branch for allegedly groping a woman outside
a bar near the Pentagon, the latest sexual scandal to hit the headlines.
Officials said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski was removed from his post after the