It is finished ... G'night kidnapper-man . We hardly knew ye Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Found Dead Sentenced just a month ago to life in prison plus 1,000 years for the kidnap and sexual assault of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, and Gina DeJesus, Ariel Castro has reportedly been found dead in his cell. The body of the 52-year-old, who was being held in protective custody, was found hanging Tuesday at 9:20 p.m. at the Correction Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. He was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m., according the Ohio State Department of Corrections. The state police and corrections department are investigating the death.