‘I hope he rots in that jail,’ Ariel Castro’s brothers tell CNN

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The two brothers of Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping and holding three young women for a decade in his Cleveland home, spoke to CNN’s Martin Savidge, calling their brother a “monster” and “hateful.”

In an interview, which was recorded over the weekend and aired Monday morning, Onil and Pedro Castro said that their brother is no longer a part of the family.

“I hope he rots in that jail,” Onil Castro, 50, said. “I don’t even want them to take his life like that. I want him to suffer in that jail.”

They also expressed their condolences for the families of the women involved.

“I would say, I’m sorry that you had to go through this,” Pedro Castro, 54, said. “I was thinking about these girls being missing and I’m just grateful that they’re home.”

He added that the Castro family personally knew the father of one of the missing women, Gina DeJesus, which made it even worse.

The events have taken a huge toll on the Castros and their families, Onil Castro said. “This has torn my heart apart. This has killed me. I’m a walking corpse right now,” he told Savidge.

Ariel Castro has been charged with the kidnapping and rape of three women: DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight. He is being held in custody on $8 million in bail.

Berry was able to escape the home where she was held captive with the help of a neighbour, Charles Ramsey, who alerted police. A child, who belongs to Berry — along with DeJesus and Knight — were also freed from the home.

Onil and Pedro Castro were originally arrested on outstanding charges, but were later released. Police have since said that there was no evidence to suggest they are connected to the alleged crimes of their brother.

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