If you were hoping to gain some insights into Ariel Castro‘s horrific actions, his court testimony may be as good as you’re going to get.
While many have been anxiously awaiting Matt Lauer’s TODAY show interview with Castro, Radar Online is reporting that the County Sheriff has stepped in to stop the segment from being filmed. Nevermind that the interview has the approval of the Cuyahoga County jail, but apparently the Sheriff has the final word.
“In a last minute decision, after Matt and his crew were already at the jail, the Sheriff, who has seniority over the warden, pulled the plug on the interview,” a source told the site.
There’s no denying that it would be fascinating to hear what Castro has to say. There are so many questions people want to know. Like, how was he able to adopt a facade of normalcy?
Few suspected him of being a monster (including his own family). How on God’s green earth did he attend and perform at candle light vigils for Amanda Berry, while he had her chained up in his basement all along?
There are countless inquiries we’d like Lauer to take on. Furthermore, Castro’s perspective could help investigators and the general public understand that anyone can be a monster.
Roughly ten years ago, Castro abducted three women — Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus. He held them captive in his home, raped and tortured them. Last week, he was sentenced to life in prison.
Radar quoted WIOI-TV reporter Scott Taylor, who said that Sheriff Frank Bova would not “allow” the interview to take place and allegedly declared, “An Ariel Castro interview from jail isn’t going to happen in Cleveland.”
While you may be picturing an angered Matt Lauer protesting the decision or bribing himself into the prison “Homeland” style, that’s not what happened. Taylor claims that Lauer “didn’t seem to have any hard feelings about it.”