However, it was not the first time that Castro has displayed abusive behavior; he has an extensive history of domestic violence, but was never properly punished for these acts, or monitored in any suitable way. In an article on CBSNews, "relatives of Figueroa, Ariel Castro's former common-law wife, said that Castro savagely beat her over the years, shoving her down a flight of stairs, breaking her nose and dislocating her shoulder, among other injuries." Figueroa passed away last year, due to a blood clot in her brain that caused an inoperable tumor to occur. It is speculated that Castro's beating of his wife was the cause for this.
The Daily Mail and The Telegraph also have articles describing Castro's clear pattern of abuse, that went on for years before the kidnappings occurred However, Castro was never criminally charged with these crimes and the protection order that Figueroa filed against him (which caused him to stay away from his family) was terminated after only three months. The reason that the protection order was terminated was because Figueroa's lawyer did not show up to a court date.
Castro's history goes to show that sometimes domestic violence is not taken seriously enough in the United States justice system. If Castro had committed the same acts that he did against Figuero to a stranger, he would have faced criminal charges for assault, and he would have been in prison. The fact that domestic violence is often regulated to civil courts show how much of a non-issue it sometimes can be. Castro should have been closely monitored due to his violent history. Hindsight is obviously 20/20 but we can still learn from the Castro case and take domestic violence offenses more seriously.
Yours in Advocacy,