Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping, rape, and murder over a decade was ushered into court for his arraignment on June 12, 2013.  He never once lifted his face to see anything save the floor in front of him.  The same monster who allegedly inflicted terror over the three women he abducted and the child of rape he sired shuffled into court looking like a pathetic, small, and impotent shell.

Castro himself never spoke, never looked at the face of the judge.  It was left to his attorneys to enter the plea.  Even the reading of the charges was waived by the defense.  Considering the events over the past 10 years, the proceedings were anti-climatic.  The real action, nuanced as it was, was on the courthouse steps.

Defense attorney, Craig Weintraub, told reporters later that some of the kidnapping charges could not be disputed (as reported by the LA Times).  What is really at stake is whether the defense can elicit a plea deal from prosecutors that takes the death penalty off the table.  Such a bargain would benefit the victims from having to relive a decade of terror in court, knowing that every word they spoke on the stand would be recorded, reported, and retained forever.  It is hard to imagine the stress that having to face their captor and torturer would bring.

Ironically, Castro can dish it out, but he can’t take it.  Sheriff’s deputies are so concerned that he might harm himself that everything he does is recorded every 10 minutes.  Every cup he uses is examined for sharp edges in fear that Castro may harm himself.  Often times, Castro paced his cell naked.

According to the Daily Mail… “The logs show that Castro periodically asks for the time, looks out the window and stares at the ceiling.

“… up and pacing,” according to a handwritten note at 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday, which follows an entry on Castro going to the bathroom.

“Inmate laying on mat staring at the floor,” says an entry that night at 7:30 p.m.

“Inmate laying on mat staring at the ceiling,” says an entry 10 minutes later.

Wednesday morning beginning at 10:20 a.m., Castro cleaned his cell for 40 minutes, according to the logs.

“Thank you,” Castro says when he received his breakfast at 6:36 a.m. on Thursday, the logs said.

“Thank you have a good day officer,” Castro says about 15 minutes later, according to the logs.”

Perhaps Ariel Castro should have some artwork to look at.  Something like a needlepoint that says, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”

Bruce Bremer, MBA is LET’s technology contributor. Bruce retired from the Submarine Service after 21 years of in-depth experience with complex electronic technology. Since then, he has been involved in fleet modernization and military research analysis. He teaches electronics and alternative energy at a Virginia college. Besides his MBA, Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer networking. He has been volunteering in public safety for many years.

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