Ariel Castro's former bandmates talk about the Cleveland kidnapping suspect
Posted in the Columbus Forum
#1 May 7, 2013
They never confronted him for being late all the time.
That's because Ariel Castro's band mates never found anything striking about him. No sense about anything. No idea of the dark secrets locked away in his house.
Castro, 52, was arrested by Cleveland police in connection with the abduction of longtime missing women Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
The news shocked musicians that knew the part-time bass player in the Cleveland music scene.
"The only thing I remember about him was that he was always late to practice," said Miguel Quinones, manager Grupo Fuego. Castro played with the Latin band in 2008.
The band never practiced at Castro's Seymour Avenue home that reportedly doubled as a prison for a decade or more for Berry, DeJesus and Knight.
"The band rehearsed at the musical director's spot," he said. "We stopped working with Castro because he was always late."
He only played two gigs with Grupo Fuego, one in Youngstown and another in Cleveland, according to Quinones.
In a Facebook post, Grupo Fuego tried to clarify its relationship with Castro, who was arrested along with his brothers, Pedro and Onil, ages 54 and 50.
The post reads:
"We are really happy, relieved, and shocked at the same time for all that has transpired in Cleveland in the past day. May God bless Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and relatives involved in this crazy nightmare. We hope they can continue with their lives and put all this behind.
At the same time, the main suspect in custody has been a local musician for many years and has performed with several bands as a bass guitar player. For some reason we don't understand, he decided to list our band as an employer on his Facebook page. To set the record straight, he is not a member of Grupo Fuego, and in our 14 year span as a band, he performed as a sub twice in the year 2008, once in August, and once in November of that year."
Castro also played with Los Boy'z Del Merengue, which has had gigs at places such as Belinda's Night Club, on Cleveland's West Side.
He performed with Roberto Ocasio in 2003. Ocasio, a renowned area bandleader, died in 2004.
"I knew Castro as a good bass player and never had any contact with him other than that," said Ocasio's former manager, Bev Montie.
Montie currently heads the Roberto Ocasio Foundation, which conducts music camps for kids.
"We're all horrified to think of all this, especially with our situation with children," she added. "But Castro was never part of any children's program we conducted."
He was never any part of any suspicions, either.
"This is crazy -- I never imagined anything, let alone something like this," said Quinones. "I knew this gentleman, Mr. Castro, as a musician, and that he was always late."
#2 May 8, 2013
That is also true of many serial killers, to the majority of people they seem very normal at a surface level like the BTK Killer - Dennis Radar in Kansas who terrorized a small town but was the dog catcher and church member that everyone saw on a regular basis and considered completely normal.
#3 May 8, 2013
A Republican religiot. What a surprise!
#4 May 8, 2013
I meant to add /sarc to the preceding comment, so Glittersucks won't get confused if she reads it.
#5 May 8, 2013
Dennis Radar had also been a code enforcement jackboot thug. Those types stick out like Big Johnson's in a room full of naked nuns
#6 May 8, 2013
They should torture this freak. Lock him in a laboratory (preferably mine) and let some scientist (preferably me) practice surgery on him without anesthesia and only paralysis drugs. Not only that, but I would personally like to test my multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens on him (E. coli, S. aureus, S. enterica, etc.). If I was the government or the president, I would see to it that this type of punishment is ALWAYS given to these types of pig s**t. Heck, if I had been any of these girl's fathers, I promise you that Castro would have suffered this fate REGARDLESS. And yes, I would get away with it, because I would choose to get away with it.
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