Cleveland suspect was a 'monster,' relatives say

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Associated Press

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ariel Castro, the man accused of imprisoning three women at his home in Cleveland, kept a life-size mannequin in the house and liked to use it to scare people.

He installed padlocks on every door leading into the house. When relatives came to visit, he made them wait for half an hour before emerging, and nobody was allowed past the living room.

In the days since Castro's arrest, relatives and acquaintances have sketched a portrait of him as a man with a twisted sense of humor, a compulsion for secrecy and a powerful violent streak.

Others around the neighborhood remember him a good guy who liked music and motorcycles.

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