Prosecutors release victims’ diaries on the eve of sentencing

CLEVELAND (AP) — The three women held captive for a decade in a run-down Cleveland home kept diaries that reveal the physical and sexual abuse they endured on a daily basis. That’s according to the county prosecutor, who said in a sentencing memorandum that Ariel Castro chained his captives by their ankles and fed them only one meal a day. The document also says Castro admits to his “disgusting and inhuman conduct,” and shows no remorse.

The memorandum describes diary entries that speak of forced sexual conduct, anticipating the next session of abuse, being locked in a dark room, along with dreams of someday escaping.

The prosecutor says he will disprove the defense claims that Castro wasn’t a monster, when he presents the facts Thursday at Castro’s sentencing hearing.

Castro, a former school bus driver faces life in prison plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to 937 counts, including kidnapping, rape, assault and aggravated murder.

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