Skip to main content

Photographs give a glimpse of Ariel Castro's yard

From Randi Kaye and David Puente, CNN
May 14, 2013 -- Updated 1120 GMT (1920 HKT)
  • Jail logs show what Castro has been up to since Thursday
  • He is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape
  • The images of Castro's Cleveland backyard show bicycles, barbed wire and a chain
  • The photos were taken over the weekend by a neighbor

Cleveland (CNN) -- Bicycles. Barbed wire. A chain.

Those are of just some of the items found in kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro's Cleveland yard, according to photographs taken over the weekend by a neighbor and obtained by CNN.

The neighbor asked not to be identified and said that he took the photographs because he wants people to know what's there.

The images show a cluttered yard.

Inside Cleveland's haunted house

A garage sits in the background, while basketball nets, a ladder and what looks to be a pile of debris rest in the foreground.

One of the photographs shows a thick spool of barbed wire; another shows a chain.

Expert: Castro a 'garden variety abuser'
Castro brothers: 'He should rot in jail'
Recording Ariel Castro's moves in jail
New cell phone video of Cleveland escape

Bicycles, clearly meant for children, can be seen into other images.

From the photographs alone, it's impossible to know whether any of the items in the yard are related to Castro's case.

But at the least, they help to paint a picture of how he lived.

Castro brothers: Ariel is "a monster"

The photographs show that Castro, or someone, went to some pains to shield what was happening in the house from the outside world.

The windows are boarded up, and a bright blue tarp stands at attention near the garage.

The photographs also show a small mirror hung on Castro's back door. Its position would allow someone to stand there and see someone coming up the driveway.

Opinion: Castro's alleged abuse, sadism all too common

Castro, 52, is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.

He's accused of abducting Michelle Knight, now 32, in August 2002; Amanda Berry, now 27, a day before her 17th birthday in April 2003; and Gina DeJesus, now 23, in April 2004.

DNA tests revealed a daughter born to Berry six years ago was fathered by Castro.

According to a family friend of the DeJesus family who has visited Gina since her release, the woman seems in "good spirits."

How the horror unfolded

She is happier now, bouncing around the house like her old self, the friend said, adding that Gina had a tough time the first couple of days.

The friend said that Gina is asking for her old friends to visit. She's afraid of leaving the house for fear of being bombarded by people, the friend said.

Castro remains in a Cleveland jail on $8 million bond.

On Monday, CNN affiliate WKYC posted jail logs showing his activity since Thursday.

Castro is on suicide prevention watch, standard procedure for high-profile inmates. He cannot interact with other inmates and does not have their privileges. Castro is checked on every 10 minutes.

Mostly, the logs show him doing mundane activities -- "resting on mat," "eating chow," and "making Kool-Aid."

Though some entries stand out.

"Inmate is walking around cell naked," read one.

How did it happen in this Cleveland neighborhood?

CNN's Pamela Brown contributed to this report.

Part of complete coverage on
Ohio women found
May 14, 2014 -- Updated 2318 GMT (0718 HKT)
Michelle Knight wasn't the only one being held by Ariel Castro. But she knew she was different.
May 6, 2014 -- Updated 1605 GMT (0005 HKT)
Michelle Knight remembers exactly how Ariel Castro lured her into his home.
November 7, 2013 -- Updated 0007 GMT (0807 HKT)
Michelle Knight squeezes her eyes shut and cries as she listens to the 911 call that led police to rescue her from the house where Ariel Castro held her hostage for more than a decade.
September 4, 2013 -- Updated 2236 GMT (0636 HKT)
Ariel Castro who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years for kidnapping, raping and holding captive three women was found hanging in his prison cell.
August 1, 2013 -- Updated 1632 GMT (0032 HKT)
Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus weren't in the courtroom. But their diaries gave authorities a window into the horror they suffered for a decade.
August 4, 2013 -- Updated 1737 GMT (0137 HKT)
They were living in hell, and Ariel Castro did all he could to make sure they'd never escape it.
August 5, 2013 -- Updated 1038 GMT (1838 HKT)
Michelle Knight, one of three women kidnapped by Ariel Castro, returned Friday to the Cleveland house where she was chained up and tormented for 11 years, a neighbor said.
August 1, 2013 -- Updated 1822 GMT (0222 HKT)
When her chance came, kidnapping victim Michelle Knight lit into Ariel Castro, the man who held her captive and raped her in his Cleveland home for a decade.
August 2, 2013 -- Updated 1354 GMT (2154 HKT)
The woman's voice wavered, just for a moment.
August 2, 2013 -- Updated 1356 GMT (2156 HKT)
From the outside, the home at 2207 Seymour Avenue looked like most any other in Cleveland's Westside neighborhood.
July 9, 2013 -- Updated 1406 GMT (2206 HKT)
For the first time since their rescue, the world is hearing directly from the three women who were held captive in Cleveland for a decade.
August 2, 2013 -- Updated 0757 GMT (1557 HKT)
For his victims, Thursday was roughly a decade in coming.
May 10, 2013 -- Updated 0025 GMT (0825 HKT)
In retrospect, there were plenty of signs that something was wrong.
August 1, 2013 -- Updated 1710 GMT (0110 HKT)
For the first time, take a look inside the Cleveland house where three women were held captive for a decade.
May 13, 2013 -- Updated 1055 GMT (1855 HKT)
How the macabre enslavement of two girls and a woman began has deeply disturbed a nation, if not the world.
May 19, 2013 -- Updated 1537 GMT (2337 HKT)
When the police arrived at Castro's house, it was almost peaceful. As if nobody else was there. And then they heard the sound of scurrying feet upstairs.
May 13, 2013 -- Updated 1453 GMT (2253 HKT)
Ariel Castro's brothers say he's "a monster" who should rot in jail and they "want the world to know" they had no idea their brother was holding women captive.
May 8, 2014 -- Updated 0114 GMT (0914 HKT)
Two were just teenagers when they were kidnapped, but the three women have finally been found a decade later.
May 8, 2013 -- Updated 0933 GMT (1733 HKT)
When Amanda Berry screamed for help through a crack in the front door of the house where she was being held, she set in motion an end to roughly a decade of captivity for herself and two other women.
May 10, 2013 -- Updated 1319 GMT (2119 HKT)
His Cleveland neighbors are trying to come with grips with the two personas -- the first, they thought they knew, the other, the one that authorities describe.