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Ariel Castro's Daughter: He Is Dead to Me

By Lisa Barron   |   Friday, 10 May 2013 09:49 AM

Ariel Castro's daughter has turned her back on the man she once called daddy. "He is dead to me," Angie Gregg said of the father charged with kidnapping and raping three young Cleveland women for roughly a decade.

During an interview with CNN, Gregg called him "The most evil, vile, demonic criminal" she had heard of and said she never wants to see Castro again.

"There will be no visits; there will be no phone calls," she said, adding, "He can never be daddy again. I have no sympathy for the man."

She continued, "I wonder this whole time, how he could be so good to us, but he (allegedly) took young women, little girls, someone else's babies, away from these families and over the years never felt enough guilt to just give up and let them free."

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Gregg told CNN that when she first heard the news about Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, the three women held captive by Castro, she "just wanted to die."

She revealed that she had known Berry and DeJesus when she was in school.

Looking back over the years, Gregg said she now realizes there were some strange occurrences that are making her "horrified" because "this was going on right under my nose."

When she and her husband came to visit her father, for example, "he would take forever to come to the door," Gregg told CNN, adding that he always waved her to the back door rather than letting her in through the front of the house.

But once inside, nothing seemed amiss, Gregg recalled. "He appeared to be happy to see us and never rushed for us to leave." She said he always played loud music, but she thought nothing of it.

Castro would, however, sometimes leave the dinner table without explanation.

When Gregg once asked to go upstairs to see her childhood bedroom, she said, her father dissuaded her, saying “Oh, honey, there’s so much junk up there. You don’t want to go up there."

The basement, she said, was always locked and her father always refused to leave home for any extended period. "He was adamant in the fact that he wanted to leave home early morning and he had to be back by evening," she said.

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