CLEVELAND, Ohio, EE.UU. (AP) — El hombre acusado de mantener cautivas a tres mujeres durante una década aterrorizaba a la madre de sus hijos encerrándola, golpeándola y torturándola psicológicamente antes de que su relación se desintegrase, dijeron los familiares de la mujer.

Varios familiares de Grimilda Figueroa, que abandonó a Ariel Castro hace años y murió en 2012 después de una prolongada enfermedad, trazaron un retrato aterrador sobre la vida con Castro mientras las autoridades hacían públicos los detalles de los abusos sufridos por las otras mujeres cautivas.

En una entrevista con The Associated Press el jueves, los familiares describieron a Castro como "un monstruo" que abusaba de su esposa y encerraba a su familia dentro de la casa. La revelación contrasta con las versiones de algunos familiares de Castro y un vecino, que consideraban al ex conductor de un autobús escolar como un hombre feliz y respetuoso.

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  • Ariel Castro Arraigned On Kidnapping And Rape Charges

    CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 09: Ariel Castro stands with his head down during his arraignment on kidnapping and rape charges on May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro is accused of abducting three girls, Michelle Knight, 32, Amanda Berry, 27 and Gina DeJesus, believed to be about 23 and holding them for about 10-years. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Ariel Castro Arraigned On Kidnapping And Rape Charges

    CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 09: Ariel Castro (L) talks with his public defender, Kathleen DeMetz, during his arraignment on kidnapping and rape charges on May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro is accused of abducting three girls, Michelle Knight, 32, Amanda Berry, 27 and Gina DeJesus, believed to be about 23 and holding them for about 10-years. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Ariel Castro Arraigned On Kidnapping And Rape Charges

    CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 09: Ariel Castro (R) stands with his public defender, Kathleen DeMetz, during his arraignment on kidnapping and rape charges on May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro is accused of abducting three girls, Michelle Knight, 32, Amanda Berry, 27 and Gina DeJesus, believed to be about 23 and holding them for about 10-years. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Ariel Castro Arraigned On Kidnapping And Rape Charges

    CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 09: Ariel Castro (L) talks with his public defender, Kathleen DeMetz (2nd R), during his arraignment on kidnapping and rape charges on May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro is accused of abducting three girls, Michelle Knight, 32, Amanda Berry, 27 and Gina DeJesus, believed to be about 23 and holding them for about 10-years. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Ariel Castro

    Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ariel Castro

    Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ariel Castro, Kathleen DeMetz

    Defense attorney Kathleen DeMetz, left, addresses the court as Ariel Castro signs papers in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ariel Castro, Kathleen DeMetz

    Ariel Castro, left, appears in Cleveland Municipal court alongside defense attorney Kathleen DeMetz Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ariel Castro

    Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ariel Castro

    Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ariel Castro

    Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

  • Ariel Castro, Kathleen DeMetz

    Ariel Castro, left, appears in Cleveland Municipal court alongside defense attorney Kathleen DeMetz Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ariel Castro

    Ariel Castro looks down during his arraignment in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

  • Ariel Castro

    Ariel Castro, left, talks with public defender Kathleen DeMetz during his arraignment in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

  • Ariel Castro

    Ariel Castro, left, talks with public defender Kathleen DeMetz during his arraignment in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

  • Ariel Castro

    Ariel Castro and public defender Kathleen DeMetz, left, wait for his arraignment at Cleveland Municipal Court in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

  • Ariel Castro, Kathleen DeMetz

    Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court alongside defense attorney Kathleen DeMetz, right, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ariel Castro, Kathleen DeMetz

    Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court alongside defense attorney Kathleen DeMetz, right, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ariel Castro

    Onil Castro, left, Pedro Castro, center, talks with public defender Kathleen DeMetz as Ariel Castro, right, waits for his arraignment at Cleveland Municipal Court in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

  • Ariel Castro

    Ariel Castro waits for his arraignment in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

  • Ariel Castro

    Ariel Castro, left, talks with public defender Kathleen DeMetz during his arraignment in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Los familiares de Figueroa dijeron que Castro la golpeaba salvajemente, la arrojó desde la parte superior de unas escaleras, le fracturó la nariz y le dislocó un hombro, entre otras lesiones. Su hermana, Elida Caraballo, dijo que Castro una vez empujó a su mujer dentro de una caja de cartón y cerró las tapas.


"Le dijo: '¡Te quedas allí hasta que yo te diga!''', recordó la hermana, que lloraba al recordar el tormento. "Allí fue cuando me asusté y corrí escaleras abajo a buscar a mis padres".


Castro, para asustar a su esposa, mantenía un maniquí al que había colocado una peluca oscura y algunas veces conducía por el vecindario con él, dijeron los parientes.


"Me amenazó muchas veces con él", dijo Angel Caraballo, sobrino de Castro, que solía jugar con sus primos en la casa donde años después hallaron a las mujeres cautivas.


"Me decía: 'Si vuelves a hacerlo, te quedarás en ese cuarto solo con el maniquí''', agregó Caraballo.


Un día, Figueroa regresaba a su casa con los brazos llenos de compras del almacén cuando Castro abrió la puerta de golpe sosteniendo al maniquí, asustándola tanto que ella cayó de espaldas y se golpeó la cabeza en el pavimento, dijo Elida Caraballo.


Los fiscales dijeron el jueves que podrían solicitar la pena de muerte para Castro después que la policía lo acusó de haber embarazado a una de sus cautivas por lo menos cinco veces y hacerla abortar matándola de hambre y dándole puñetazos en el estómago. La policía también dijo que una de las mujeres, Amanda Berry, fue obligada a dar a luz en una piscina infantil de plástico.


El fiscal del condado de Cuyahoga, Timothy McGinty, dijo que su oficina decidirá si presentará cargos por asesinato con agravantes, punible con pena de muerte, en conexión con los abortos provocados por medio de violencia.


McGinty dijo que Castro será acusado por cada acto de violencia sexual, agresión y otros delitos cometidos contra las mujeres, insinuando que los cargos podrían ascender a cientos, si no es que miles.


Castro, de 52 años, está detenido bajo fianza de ocho millones de dólares, acusado de secuestro y violación. Se le vigila ante la posibilidad de que se suicide.


"La pena capital debe reservarse para aquellos delitos que son realmente los peores ejemplos de conducta humana", afirmó McGinty. "La realidad es que todavía tenemos delincuentes brutales que no respetan el estado de derecho ni la vida humana".


Una muestra del ADN de Castro fue remitida el jueves a los investigadores estatales para incorporarla a una base de datos nacional y ver si lo vincula a otros delitos, dijo Lisa Peterson Hackley, vocera del fiscal general de Ohio, Mike DeWine, en un correo electrónico el viernes.


Las tres mujeres dijeron que Castro las mantenía encadenadas en el sótano pero que más adelante las dejó vivir en el segundo piso. Las tres dieron versiones similares de que fueron secuestradas después de aceptar un aventón en automóvil.


Berry, de 27 años, dijo que fue obligada a dar a luz en la piscina infantil de plástico dentro de la casa. Agregó que ninguna de las tres mujeres —ni su hijita, hoy de 6 años— vio a un médico durante su cautiverio.


Castro fue arrestado el lunes cuando Berry logró escapar de la casa y llamó a la policía. Los agentes hallaron a las otras dos cautivas.


Las tres habían desaparecido en incidentes separados entre 2002 y 2004, cuando tenían 14, 16 y 20 años.


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Los periodistas de Associated Press Thomas J. Sheeran, Mike Householder, Andrew Welsh-Huggins y John Coyne en Cleveland; Brendan Farrington en Florida, y Dan Sewell en Cincinnati contribuyeron a este informe.

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  • These undated handout photos provided by the FBI show Amanda Berry, left, and Georgina "Gina" Dejesus. Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said he thinks Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight were tied up at the house and held there since they were in their teens or early 20s. Berry and the two other women who went missing a decade ago were found on Monday, May 6, 2013 elating family members and friends who'd longed to see them again. (AP Photo/FBI)

  • Sheriff deputies stand outside a house in Cleveland Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the day after three women who vanished a decade ago were found there. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found in the home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • The front door of a house where three women escaped is shown Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found in the home just south of downtown Cleveland Monday, May 6, and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Sheriff deputies stand outside a house in Cleveland Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the day after three women who vanished a decade ago were found there. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found in the home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • A house where three women escaped is shown Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found Monday in the home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Balloons fly outside the home of Gina DeJesus Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland. DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found in a home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • This image provided by the FBI shows an undated photo of Georgina "Gina" Dejesus. Police Chief Michael McGrath said he thinks Amanda Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight were tied up at the house and held there since they were in their teens or early 20s. Berry and the two other women who went missing a decade ago were found on Monday, May 6, 2013 elating family members and friends who'd longed to see them again. (AP Photo/FBI)

  • A "Welcome Home Gina " sign hangs on a fence outside the home of Gina DeJesus Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland. DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found in a home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • These undated handout photos provided by the FBI show Amanda Berry, left, and Georgina "Gina" Dejesus. Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said he thinks Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight were tied up at the house and held there since they were in their teens or early 20s. Berry and the two other women who went missing a decade ago were found on Monday, May 6, 2013 elating family members and friends who'd longed to see them again. (AP Photo/FBI)

  • Actor Bryan Cranston and his wife Robin Dearden speak at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children annual Hope Awards in Washington on Tuesday, May 7, 2012, about the missing women found in Cleveland. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued after one of them kicked out the bottom portion of a locked screen door and used a neighbor's telephone to call 911. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)