The ex-brother in law of alleged Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro spoke out on Tuesday May 8, claiming that Castro killed his sister. The Daily Mail is reporting that Jose Figueroa claims that his sister Grimilda was married to Castro and the extreme physical abuse she suffered at his hand eventually killed her.
Ariel Castro allegedly kidnapped Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus and held them against their will in the basement of his Ohio home for more than a decade. When they were rescued this week, Ariel Castro and his two brothers were arrested.
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Now Jose Figueroa has come forward to tell the tale of just how brutal Ariel Castro is. “I believe he murdered my sister”, Figueroa said.
“He abused her for years. She had multiple instances of serious head trauma and it created a brain tumor in her head. My sister was in hell living with him.”
“She was trapped there and there was nothing we could do. She was afraid of him. We’d go over to visit and he’d never let us in the house.”
“When my parents managed to go visit her, she’d make it quick and rush them out because she was afraid he’d come back and beat on her. When she visited our house with him, she’d just stand next to him and be quiet.”
Figueroa went on to say, “We knew something was wrong with him then, but we could never have imagined something like this would occur.”
Hearing the news was shocking. But my sister did always used to say that she felt spirits and ghosts in the house. So maybe Ariel was up to something even then.”
Jose Figueroa explained that in 1996 his sister Grimilda left Castro by going to a battered women’s shelter with her four children, Angie, Emily, Anthony and Rosie. “If she stayed with Ariel, he would have killed her.”
“She had gone to the hospital and called the police many times but they never did anything.”
In 2005 Castro beat Grimilda so violently that court papers were finally filed in 2005. The court documents reflect that as a result of Ariel Castro’s beatings Grimilda had suffered two broken noses, broken ribs, a knocked out tooth, a blood clot on the brain and two dislocated shoulders.
At that time, Grimilda’s lawyer Robert Ferreri asked the judge to “keep Castro from threatening to kill Figueroa.” Ferreri also explained that even though Castro was given no visitation rights with his kids he “frequently abducts his daughters and keeps them from their mother.”
Jose Figueroa described the last time he saw Ariel Castro. “I actually saw him at her funeral and man we wanted to do something to him. My father had to pull me back and remind me that it was a funeral and it was no place for fighting.”
“But we didn’t like him for what he did to Grimilda. Everyone knew he was up to something. Ariel mistreated my sister for years and now this.”
On Monday morning, May 6, Ariel Castro, 52, Oneil Castro, 50, and Pedro Castro, 54, were arrested in the abductions of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
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