Ariel Castro’s Brothers React To His Arrest
When the story first broke that three young ladies who were kidnapped a decade ago had been found, we were told that three brothers had been arrested and held on suspicion for the kidnappings. Many thought it all made sense: three brothers, three girls. No way these guys could have been oblivious to the fact that their brother was a kidnapper, right? Because obviously, brothers are all joined at the hip for life no matter what.
The brothers, Onil and Pedro Castro, claimed in an exclusive CNN interview that they never knew their brother was a kidnapper, but that he was a loner and a ‘weird dude’ who never let them come past his kitchen whenever they visited. OK. Maybe that one passes the smell test.
How come they were arrested in the first place, though?
Onil was riding in the car with his brother, who was driving at the time. Initially, he thought Ariel had committed a traffic violation. When they got to the prison and were separated for interrogation, they still didn’t know what was up – until the questions came.
“He says ‘Have you ever seen this girl?’ and I said ‘No, I’ve never seen that girl.’ And then he showed me the other one. ‘Have you ever seen this girl?’ and I said ‘No, I’ve never seen that girl.’ And he says ‘That’s Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry,’ and my heart fell. I just dropped, not physically, but I just, I just hit the ground.”
Before he was asked a single question, Onil had one last encounter with his brother.
“When he walked past me, he goes, ‘Onil, you’re never going to see me again. I love you bro.’ And that was it,” he said. “And he put his fist up for a bump.”
Hear it from the brothers themselves below:
However, there are a couple more questions to ask about this one. Did no one ever ask to go beyond the kitchen? If so, what was the response? Was it suspicious enough to begin to speculate or to be a cause for concern?
Certainly no one could have predicted what was actually found, but maybe a little more pressure could have brought the truth – here in the form of three women and a child – to light a lot sooner.