The brothers of the accused kidnapper and rapist of three Cleveland girls spoke out for the first time on television in an exclusive interview with Martin Savidge of CNN.
Onil and Pedro Castro told Savidge that they didn’t know anything about their brother, Ariel Castro’s criminal activities.
“It’s going to haunt me down because people going to think, ‘Yeah, Pedro got something to do with this,” said Pedro Castro. “And Pedro don’t have nothing to do with this. If I knew, I would have reported it—brother or no brother.”
Three women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately almost ten years ago have been found alive in Ohio in the first week of May. A few days later, Ariel Castro, 52, and brothers Pedro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50, were held in custody who were found involved in the kidnapping and sexually assaulting the girls.
When it was revealed that Ariel Castro, and not his brothers Onil and Pedro, held the three girls captive as sex slaves for a full decade, Arlene Castro, Ariel’s own daughter came on air and expressed her disgust towards her father’s crime and apologized to the victims and their families. The women also had several miscarriages during their captivity and a little girl who was recovered from Ariel Casro’s house was Amanda Berry’s daughter who was fathered by the kidnapper.
“I can’t explain the pain and suffering these women went through for so many years,” Pedro added during the interview. Even though the brothers have not yet been found guilty of being involved in the heinous crime, the brothers agree that there will always be a speculation about it and they cannot do anything to remove it.
You can watch a clip from the CNN interview in the video below:
Meanwhile, the victims have reached their homes finally and are happy to be back. The three women have been through a lot and have been away from home for almost a decade going through unimaginable pain and torture.
They were recovered from a residential house in Cleveland after one of them, Amanda Berry, managed to contact 911 with the help of a neighbor, Charles Ramsey, when the owner of the house was away.
People gathered for their support outside the gates of MetroHealth Medical Center where the victims were sent for treatment. The girls are glad and thankful for all the support but also need time to heal.