The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

May 9, 2013

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Ariel Castro's former daughter-in-law, Monica Stephens, told The Associated Press that her former husband said Castro had an extremely violent nature.

"He was always described to me as a violent, just a scary violent person," Stephens said.

"He talked about how his father had beaten him and his mother severely. They were like hostages in their own house. They were locked in," said the woman, who now lives in Florida.

A musician who often practiced at Castro's house said he was there last week and heard noises, "like banging on the wall." Ricky Sanchez said he asked Castro about it, and he blamed it on the dogs. He also said Castro — a bass guitarist in merengue and salsa bands — liked to play his music loud.

On his most recent visit, Sanchez said, a little girl came out from the kitchen and stared at him but didn't say anything. He said he also noticed there were four or five locks on the outside door.

"When I was about to leave, I tried to open the door. I couldn't even, because there were so many locks in there," he said.

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