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7:27 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Site Of Decade Long Captivity Demolished

Ariel Castro's house on Seymour Avenue is demolished
Ariel Castro's house on Seymour Avenue is demolished
Credit Brian Bull / WCPN

The house Ariel Castro turned into a prison to hold three women captive for a decade is now gone.

Brian Bull of OPR member station WCPN reports that an excavator smashed the infamous West Side home into rubble earlier today.


In just a couple of hours, most of Castro’s house on Seymour Avenue was obliterated.  People cheered and balloons were released, as the last remnants of the structure were bashed and trampled by machinery.


Among those appearing was Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty.  He remarked on the fast turn of events beginning with Amanda Berry’s escape May 6th…which lead to Castro’s arrest and eventual sentencing to life in prison plus a thousand years.


TM:  It was three months and a few days ago that this escape took place.  And this man was sent to where he belongs, in prison.  He’s gonna sit in the bowels of prison now, the rest of his life, the rest of his days, living in fear himself, from the other prisoners.  It’s fitting.


Two local contractors destroyed the house and hauled the debris away, on their own dime.  City Councilman Matt Zone says every last shred of Castro’s house is going to be pulverized and discarded. 


MZ:  And the reason we’re doing that, is we don’t want anyone having any remnants of Ariel Castro’s home, so nobody can display some sort of trophy on their mantle.


Zone adds that the demolition means healing for Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus….as well as their families.