Chilling details of Ariel Castro's letter revealed; He starved, punched Knight until she miscarried (updated reports)
Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old former school bus driver suspected of keeping three women captive inside his house for a decade, was charged Wednesday with four counts of kidnapping - covering the captives and the daughter born to one of them - and three counts of rape, against all three women. (AP Photo/Cleveland Police Department) Police officials have found a letter written by Ariel Castro inside the Cleveland home where three women were held captive for years before escaping Monday, according to FOX 8 of Cleveland.
According to the report, officials also confiscated ropes and chains that were in the house.
Castro has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found alive, apparently kidnapped and held for years as prisoners.
According to an initial incident report obtained by CNN, Knight said that when Castro found out she was pregnant, "Ariel would make her abort the baby," the document states.
Knight "stated that he starved her for at least 2 weeks, then he repeatedly punched her in the stomach until she miscarried," the initial police report states.
However, Castro felt differently when Berry was pregnant.
Authorities told Cleveland.com that Berry's 6-year-old daughter was born in a small inflatable swimming pool during the women's captivity.
When Berry went into labor, according to interviews with the women, Castro grabbed Knight and told her to deliver the child. The information was corroborated in a police report seen by CNN.
Castro allegedly told Knight that if the baby dies, he would kill her, according to a police report.
Scott Taylor of 19 Actions News of Cleveland tweeted Wednesday night that he has received a copy of the letter, which he said was written in 2004.
"I just got a copy of a letter written by Ariel Castro in 2004," Taylor tweeted "Cops found it in his house. He says 'I am a sexual predator. I need help.'"
FOX 8 in Cleveland reports sources said when Castro would have guests, he would put the women in the attic, tie them up and tape their mouths, then play loud music.
The women, according to the sources, were also allegedly beaten and forced to have sex. The same sources said Berry delivered her baby inside the house.
“All I can say to Gina, to Amanda, to Michelle is on behalf of the Castro family, we are so sorry for everything you went through,” Maria Castro, a cousin of Ariel, said, according to FOX 8. “We’re sorry for everything you suffered. I am a mom and I can’t even imagine.”
Complete coverage from our affiliate Cleveland.com is here.