GUEST COLUMN: You Led Me to Believe You Were OK With Things – Ariel Castro

Off the WireBefore the media circus begins over my arrest, I felt I had to clear the air with the three Cleveland women I’m accused of imprisoning, raping, and beating over a 10-year period. While this looks really bad to the rest of the world, I honestly thought all of you had grown accustomed to your fate and were, therefore, OK with things.

Ariel CastroI mean, excuse me, but somewhere during that hellish decade in which I kept you barbarically chained and bound while using you repeatedly to satisfy my sadistic, inhuman sexual desires, I clearly got the impression you eventually came to accept the relationship. You know, this was just how things would be from now on. Was that just in my mind?

Granted, all three of you resisted at first. Actually, for about the first seven years of the unspeakable horror that I made of your lives. But I clearly got the impression that, by 2009 or 2010, you resigned yourself to the vicious, merciless beatings and nightmarish torture. Even though deep down inside I perhaps knew that no sane person should treat others this way and that I certainly wouldn’t enjoy being used like a washrag, all three of you came to see this as a way of life. If this isn’t tacit approval, then I don’t know what is.

I clearly got the impression you eventually came to accept the relationship. You know, this was just how things would be from now on. Was that just in my mind?

Looking back, maybe this is my fault. I probably should’ve done a better job of communicating with you instead of assuming. I think perhaps I just got distracted in the midst of devolving into the most evil, despicable monster the human mind is capable of conceiving. But I would like to say that, in my defense, maybe you should’ve done a better job of reinforcing your opposition.

In any case, I hope we can stay in touch before I’m sent to prison and raped on a daily, perhaps hourly, basis.

Sincerely,

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