After initially getting caught up in the crimes of their brother, Pedro and Onil Castro were cleared of any wrongdoing. Now they're going out of their way to show that they want nothing to do with kidnapper Ariel Castro. Both brothers gave CNN's Martin Savidge their first interview together since all three siblings were arrested for the kidnapping of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michele Knight, and they were unrelenting in their criticism of their brother, who they now call a "monster."
The brothers also gave some indication of how Ariel Castro was able to get away with his crimes for so long. Pedro and Onil say they rarely visited Ariel's home and when they did, he never let them go past the kitchen. (Their brother told them that the rest of the house was sealed off to save energy.) Even when they had meals together they would sit outside on the porch, and Pedro says there was always a radio or TV on to drown out any other noises elsewhere in the house.
As for how they feel about their brother now, both men minced no words, calling him a "monster" and saying they want to see him punished severely. Onil Castro said, "I hope he rots in that jail. I don't even want them to take his life like that. I want him to suffer in that jail to the last extent. I don't care if they even feed him."
Part of the reason the brothers have displayed such anger toward Ariel is because even though they did nothing wrong, they will have some trouble clearing their own names. Despite the fact that police have completely cleared Onil and Pedro of any charges, the men say they are still receiving death threats and are currently hiding in an undisclosed location. Even if they didn't commit the crimes, many people will ask how they didn't know what their brother was doing. At the very least, he's ruined the family name and they are desperate to let the world know they had nothing to do with it.
In other developments over the weekend, two women who were inadvertently driving by the Castro house just as police were arriving for the first time managed to catch a cellphone video of Amanda Berry's first moments of freedom. They shared the video for the first time with NewsNet5 in Cleveland.
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