‘He locked my sister in a box and beat her’: Ex-wife’s family allege two-decade campaign of violence

National Post | News

Ariel Castro locked his wife in a wooden box, repeatedly imprisoned her in their home and viciously beat her as part of a two-decade campaign of violence and death threats, her family has alleged.

Relations of Grimilda Figueroa said Mr Castro, who is accused of holding three women captive in his house in Ohio, made visitors wait 40 minutes before answering his door, and confined them to a single room while a radio played at high volume.

“He is a man with two faces,” Elida Caraballo, his former sister-in-law, told The Daily Telegraph in an interview at her home in Cleveland. “Were we shocked by the news? The way Ariel was? No.”

Mrs Caraballo and her husband described the basement of Mr Castro’s house as an old-fashioned “dungeon” with a heavy trap-door and thick brickwork that might have muffled noises from within.

They also disclosed that Mr Castro’s daughter Angie…

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