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Son Of Kidnapping Suspect Ariel Castro Wrote Article About Gina DeJesus, One of Three Kidnapped Women

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It appears that the son of an alleged Cleveland kidnapper actually wrote an article about one of the women his father was holding hostage.

Ariel Castro, 52, was arrested Monday after three women were found in his home on the west side of the Cleveland. His son, Ariel "Anthony" Castro, 31, wrote an article about the disappearance of one of the women, Gina DeJesus, almost 10 years ago.

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The article appeared in the Plain Press in 2004 while Anthony was a journalism student at Bowling Green State University. The editor of the paper, Chuck Hoven, confirmed that Castro was a college student and that the story was part of a class assignment, WKYC reported.

Reached for comment, Anthony said: “This is beyond comprehension ... I'm truly stunned right now."

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An excerpt from the 2004 article is below:

Since April 2, 2004 , the day 14-year-old Gina DeJesus was last seen on her way home from Wilbur Wright Middle School , neighborhood residents have been taken by an overwhelming need for caution. Parents are more strictly enforcing curfews, encouraging their children to walk in groups, or driving them to and from school when they had previously walked alone.

“You can tell the difference,” DeJesus’ mother, Nancy Ruiz said. “People are watching out for each other’s kids. It’s a shame that a tragedy had to happen for me to really know my neighbors. Bless their hearts, they’ve been great.”

On Cleveland ’s west side, it is difficult to go any length of time without seeing Gina’s picture on telephone poles, in windows, or on cars along the busy streets.

“People are really looking out for my daughter,” Ruiz said.

For seven weeks, Gina’s family has been organizing searches, holding prayer vigils, posting fliers and calling press conferences. Despite the many tips and rumors that have been circulating in the neighborhood, there has been no sign of her.

One thing is for certain, however. Almost everyone feels a connection with the family, and Gina’s disappearance has the whole area talking.

Sources: WKYC, Plain Press