Lawyers for accused Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro are urging the public to withhold judgment of their client. In fact his attorneys Craig Weintraub and Jaye Schlachet are reportedly saying that Castro, who is accused of abducting three teens and keeping them captive as his sex slaves for a decade, has been mischaracterized in the media.
Craig Weintraub told WKYC.com that, “The initial portrayal by the media has been one of a ‘monster’ and that’s not the impression that I got when I talked to him for three hours,” Weintraub said. “I know that family members who have been interviewed by the media have expressed that as well.”
Castro’s family expressed shock at the news, some openly condemning him to the media. His brothers Pedro and Onil Castro, who were initially taken into custody with their brother, said in interviews after their release as suspects that they have no sympathy for him. Pedro Castro told CNN that when he spoke to Ariel Castro he said, “You go around like it was nothing? You even went to the vigil. You had posters. You give his momma a hug and you got his daughter captive?” While Onil Castro told interviewers, “I don’t care if they even feed him. The monster’s a goner.”
Castro’s son Anthony Castro told the Daily Mail that if the allegations against Castro were true then, ‘He doesn’t deserve to have his own life anymore. He deserves to be behind bars for the rest of her life.’
Of her father Castro’s daughter, Annie Gregg, told CNN, “He is dead to me.” She added, “There will be no visits; there will be no phone calls. … He can never be Daddy again. I have no sympathy for the man.”
The sad truth is that Castro, however monstrous, is merely the latest and not the last in a long line of monsters, who enjoy collecting young women and breaking them to their will. Interestingly, there is no psychological disorder linked specifically to the desire to completely objectify and control another human being. The narcissistic belief of some slavemasters, however, that “they’re entitled to do whatever they want with another person, discounting that person’s humanity, and experiencing no concern for their comfort or survival,” borders on the psychopathic.
Psychopathic individuals do not empathize or sympathize, because to them other people are nothing more than objects. Psychopathic individuals don’t feel deeply, and so they have no sense of the terror and pain another person might experience at their hands.
Slavemasters are essentially extreme narcissists, so much so that they may even come to believe that the control they exert over their captives is love and the relationship between them a loving one. It is not surprising them that his lawyer Jaye Schlachet, told WKYC.com that Castro dearly loves the child he had with Amanda Berry, “And if people find that to be a disconnect from what he’s alleged to have done, then the people will just have to deal with it. We just know how he feels about his little girl.”