Columbus - Kidnapper Ariel Castro says he called the
mother of one of his victims while she was in captivity and told her she was
OK, according to a videotaped FBI interrogation.
Castro also told investigators that authorities missed
opportunities for capturing him.
The kidnapping and repeated rapes of three young women
over about a decade shocked Americans when the women escaped from Castro's home
Castro, 53, was a month into his life sentence for the
crimes when he killed himself on Tuesday.
Castro says in the video obtained by NBC and reported on Friday
that he called the mother of Amanda Berry and told her that Berry was OK and
that she was his wife now.
He said he hung up, and they didn't have a conversation.
died before Berry escaped.
Castro told investigators that video surveillance near
the school of victim Gina DeJesus should have tipped police to him.
And he said a girlfriend noticed a TV on in a room
occupied by victim Michelle Knight and got him worrying he might be caught.
A message was left with representatives of the victims on
Two state reviews of Castro's death are underway, Ohio
prisons spokesperson Jo-Ellen Smith said. One is looking into the suicide, and
the other is examining whether Castro received proper medical and mental health
A representative of Castro's family had been expected to
claim his body on Thursday, the Franklin County coroner said.
Castro was sentenced 1 August to life in prison plus 1 000
years after pleading guilty to 937 counts, including kidnapping and rape, in a
deal to avoid the death penalty.
"I'm not a monster. I'm sick," he told the
judge at sentencing.
Castro's captives - Berry, DeJesus and Knight -
disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20.
They were rescued from Castro's run-down house when Berry broke through a
Investigators said the women were bound, repeatedly raped
and deprived of food and bathroom facilities.