Ariel Castro's son: 'Behind bars is where he belongs'
The son of the Cleveland man who will spend the rest of his life in jail for imprisoning three women for a decade said his father received the "best possible sentence" for a violent streak he has witnessed since childhood.I think that if he really can't control his impulses and he really doesn't have any value for human life, the way this case has shown, then behind bars is where he belongs for the rest of his life," he told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie in TODAY exclusive interview.Castro said he will probably never visit his father in prison."I have nothing to say to him," he said.Though he grew up in a house "with a lot of fear and violence," Castro said his father "wasn't a monster 24/7." Still, "if you crossed him, there would be consequences. I remember crying myself to sleep when I was a kid, because my legs were covered in welts from belts."The three women who were abducted — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — were taken from the Cleveland streets between 2002 and 2004. They were freed in May after Berry broke partway through a door of Castro's house and screamed for help while her captive was away.Investigators say Castro beat them, raped them and sometimes chained them in the basement. Castro fathered a daughter, now 6, with Berry, authorities have said.Anthony Castro said he initially reacted, like the rest of Cleveland, with "overwhelming joy" when he heard that two of the victims — Berry and DeJesus — had been found. But he soon felt sick after his father's name and photograph became linked with the disappearance of the women.Ariel Castro's son: 'Behind bars is where he belongs' watched by Mrtodayvideos6.