The mother of Ariel Castro, who is accused of kidnapping three women and holding them hostage in his home for a decade, has spoken out for the first time about the horrific crimes her son has reportedly admitted to committing. Castro allegedly snatched Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight off the streets of his neighborhood and kept them as sex slaves until they were rescued this week. His mom, Lillian Rodriguez, has apologized for his alleged heinous crimes and says, "I am a mother in a lot of pain. I'm sorry for what my son is done." Can you imagine being his mother?!
Lillian is apparently one of the only people who saw Amanda Berry's daughter (most likely fathered by Castro) before her rescue. Castro would reportedly bring 6-year-old Jocelyn on visits to her house on the weekends. There is no evidence that she knew what was happening inside the Cleveland house of horrors.
More of the Castro family has expressed astonishment and horror. His cousin, Maria Castro-Montes, said: "We are horribly sorry for what the three of you went through," and added that Castro does not: "define this family and we hope that people don't judge an entire family on one person's actions."
Castro's daughter, Arlene, who was best friends with one of the victims, Michelle, has also expressed her apologies. "I'm absolutely so, so sorry," she said on Good Morning America.
But it's Castro's mom I truly feel sorry for. Imagine you bring someone like Castro into this world. Imagine that baby you diapered and taught to walk and talk would grow up to become such a monster. Caught by a reporters, Lillian tearfully said in Spanish:
I tell you, I have a sick son who has committed something very grave. I'm suffering very much. I ask forgiveness of those mothers. May those young ladies to forgive me ... I have nothing to do with what my son did.
Lillian isn't denying it happened, isn't saying no one understands, isn't saying he was framed, like the mom of the alleged Boston bombers believes of her sons. Nope, she's saying he did it. That takes bravery.
Did she ignore some things about her son she should have paid more attention to? Like if she thought Jocelyn was Castro's girlfriend's daughter, as has been reported, wouldn't she have asked to meet the girlfriend? Didn't she wonder why her son would never let anyone in his house?
Still, it's a long way from thinking your son is a bit strange to thinking he's got three sex slaves chained in his home. Let's cut her some slack for now. Not too many of us could make that leap of imagination.
Castro reportedly partly blamed his family for his actions in a suicide note written nine years ago.
Could his mother have been partially responsible for how he turned out?
We don't know how he was raised. But right now, we have to feel for his mother. Until we know more.
Do you feel bad for her?
I don't understand how she could go to his home and not know. The front door was boarded up, there were chains in the basement, there was a child involved. I also want to know why the brothers weren't charged you can't tell me they lived in that home and didn't know.
May 10, 2013 at 2:21 AMWell im not the one to judge of course but sometimes az mothers of young men or men we try n not get to involved in thier lives typically because they are men & we seem to think they can protect n take care of themselves!! I feel sorry for his mom tho i truely do only because she let there mother son bond get so ugly that she couldnt take the time to try n figure out wat was bothering him wat his living conditions were or even visit her son after seeing him woth the lil girl more than once!! We as mothers should never leave or childrens side speak to them visit n see them as often as we can no matter there age or location unless ur condition iss poor "family's should stick together rather then grow apart!!
by savy101May 10, 2013 at 2:28 AM
In my opinion it is not her fault and anyone who asks for forgivness should get a second chance. but how dose a mother not no what her son is doing for that long period of time?
I do feel for her, as a mother you never imagine that your child will grow up to be like that. Although there are many unanswered about what she did or did not ask, we don't always ask the right questions even when things are right in front of us. As a mother my heart goes out to this woman.
Wasn't the 6 yr old in a diaper when rescued? That would be a red flag to me that the baby wasn't being cared for. But who knows? I don't think she should be blamed. And the brothers lived with him?! I knew he was with them when he was found but not that they lived with him.
May 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM
If she didn't know what was going on, then yes, I think the family should accept her apology..
So terrible what these women went through..