Ariel Castro may have died of auto-erotic asphyxiation

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Ariel Castro in court, flanked by his attorneys in a Cleveland, Ohio courtroom on July 17, 2013 (WKYC)

CLEVELAND (NBC) -- Cleveland serial rapist Ariel Castro died with his pants down and a Bible open, according to a new report that detailed the falsification of prison logs and suggested that the kidnapper may have been engaged in auto-erotic asphyxiation.

Castro was serving a life sentence plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to the decade-long imprisonment of Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight. The 53-year-old former bus driver was found hanging in his cell a month into his term.

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He was found on Sept. 3 with his pants and underwear around his ankles, hanged by his neck with a bed sheet from his cell window, according to the report released Thursday by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Castro left no suicide note, according to the report. He had pictures of his family out in his cell and a Bible open to the Gospel of John, chapters 2 and 3.

"These facts, however, were relayed to the Ohio State Patrol for consideration of the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation," the report states. "No other immediate observations about the scene led to conclusions about the motivation for the self-inflicted death."

Investigators also reviewed "incoming letters to Castro that were found in his property ... and found no additional information that would lead to conclusions about the motivation for the self-inflicted death."

Castro had been reviewed by a mental health professional in early August, completed a mental health evaluation, and completed a suicide questionnaire, according to the report. "He indicated no current suicidal thoughts or past attempts to hurt himself," the report said. Family members visited on Aug. 12 and Aug. 26.

(NBC News)

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