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Ding-dong, the rapist's dead.
By Brainy Bird
Just the facts, ma'am? Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro hanged himself with a bed sheet, committing suicide in his prison cell. And so the man who imprisoned three women for a decade could not tolerate prison himself. Some people say good riddance, while others say he deserved to suffer longer, and others still don't know what to say at all.
Wikipedia has a whole page called “History of suicide,” where it mentions some famous folks who committed suicide and talks about the perception of the act. In Classical Greece and Rome, suicide was considered no biggie or at least that it was “acceptable under certain circumstances,” as the University of Missouri put it. Yet we live in a Judaeo-Christian world (happy Rosh Hashanah, y'all). In the JC moral code, suicide is not okay. The philosophy is, you've got to repent, sinner, and only God decides when it's time for you to go.
This suicide was not imaginary. It really happened. Nobody on The Quail Bell Crew is nostalgic for the days of Hammurabi's Code, either. An eye for an eye, our tail feathers! But Ariel Castro's story as a torturer, his one-thousand year sentence, and his dramatic ending are all otherworldly.