Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro claimed he spoke to mother of one victim
Kidnapper Ariel Castro claimed to have called the mother of one of his victims while her daughter was in captivity, according to a videotaped interrogation in which he also claimed authorities missed opportunities to capture him.
Revelations of the decade-long kidnapping and repeated rapes of three young women shocked Americans when the women escaped from Castro's home in May. Castro, 53, was a month into his life sentence for the crimes when he killed himself on Tuesday.
In the video obtained by NBC, Castro said that he called the mother of Amanda Berry using Berry's mobile phone.
"I think I said something ... that I have her daughter and that she's OK, and that she's my wife now - something like that, you know, probably not the exact words," he told investigators.
When asked for the mother's response, Castro said, "I hung up, so we didn't have a conversation." Berry's mother died before Berry escaped.
Castro's captives - Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight - disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20.
Castro told investigators that video surveillance near the school of DeJesus should have tipped police to him. "You could have broke the case right then and there," he said.
He said a girlfriend once noticed a TV on in a room occupied by Knight.
"Was it a close call?" an investigator asked. "Yeah," he said.
The women were rescued from Castro's run-down house when Berry broke through a screen door.
NBC also provided details about a 2004 note Castro wrote that investigators found when they searched the house after the women escaped. "I want to put an end to my life and let the devil deal with me," a section of the note read.
Two state reviews of Castro's death were under way, Ohio prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said.