The report from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction suggests — but does not conclude — that Castro may have died as the result of auto-erotic asphyxiation, whereby individuals achieve sexual satisfaction while choking themselves into unconsciousness.
Castro's pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles when he was found Sept. 3 in his cell at a prison reception center south of Columbus, the report said. He had a sheet wrapped around his neck, which was attached to a window hinge, investigators said.
Officials also found a Bible open to John Chapters 2 and 3 and pictures of Castro's family arranged "in a poster-board fashion," according to the report.
Those facts were forwarded to the state highway patrol "for consideration of the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation," the report said.
Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Anne Ralston said she could not immediately comment.
The Franklin County coroner classified Castro's death as a suicide last week.
Castro did not leave a suicide note and "multiple levels of assessment" did not find tendency toward suicide, the report said. A comprehensive mental health evaluation found "no evidence of serious mental illness or indications for suicide precautions were present," according to the report.
It's that final quote that got me -- "no evidence of serious mental illness."
If a man who kidnapped children and groomed them to be caged, child-bearing animals for him to abuse and molest is not -- by definition! -- mentally ill, then the entire psychiatric establishment needs to turn in its medical degrees and licenses to practice RIGHT NOW.
Was it that prison psychiatrists set so textbook a standard on mental illness that unless he was obviously delusional, raving mad, openly aggressive and hostile, or incoherent they could NOT accept that the nature of his crimes could only be the product of some massive psychological disorder or, more likely, cluster of disorders? Did they base their assessment on a personal interview without factoring in his history of interpersonal atrocity? Or don't they think kidnapping, beating, and raping young girls might, in itself, speak to sociopathy, if not insanity.
Truly, this baffles me. What possible rational, in-depth (I'm charitably assuming they spent more than the usual 20 minutes with him) assessment could have yielded the conclusion that he was not seriously mentally ill -- or given what he was facing (not only the certainty of life in prison without any hope of support from his family, who have completely disowned this man, but likely death at the hands of the first pedophile-hater who can get to him, which is to say virtually all prisoners) was not at risk for suicide?
To any intuitive person, it would be manifestly plain that a man like this would be, among other things, a narcissist and a sociopath. How did the psychs miss that?
Their new theory that his death was purely the result of auto-erotic asphyxiation is just as troubling and wrong. It sounds like a perfect suicide set-up for a narcissist with nothing left to lose but who figures he might as well get an orgasm out of it. It was as if Castro wanted to get the last laugh on this whole parade of idiots, incompetents, and quacks who have been involved with this case. To a narcissist, going out this way is the perfect solution: it means he still wins because HE is in control. Others just exist to deal with the mess he's left.
It is such a grim statement to me both on how little forensic psychologists understand the forensics of sex crimes; and how monsters like Castro can slip through the system and get away with evil-doings and atrocities right up until their final breath.