The nation was rocked today at the startling news that Ariel Castro was found dead in his jail cell, hanging from the ceiling in a successful suicide attempt. For those unfamiliar with Ariel Castro, he is the despicable human who held three girls captive in his home for ten years, where he proceeded to wreak unspeakable horrors upon them. When one of the girls managed to escape by gaining the attention of a neighborhood man, the women were freed and Castro quickly arrested, tried, and sent to jail for life plus 1,000 years on 937 counts, including rape and kidnapping.
In retrospect, Castro's suicide is not particularly surprising; a suicide note was recovered in his home earlier this year, and he had previously contemplated committing suicide for "the sake of his victims." The death of such a terrible person is also not particularly upsetting, although the justice lost on account of his premature departure from Earth is somewhat upsetting. (This writer is particularly hopeful that his spot in Hell is a particularly warm one.)
What is much more surprising and upsetting about this story is the twitter reactions that came from the story's breaking. Much to many a person's displeasure (and inevitable face-palm), the folks of Twitter repeatedly confused Ariel Castro with Fidel Castro. (You know, the Cuban dictator.) The disturbingly wide-spread mistake resulted in some cringe-worthy tweets, some of which have been compiled below.
Ariel Castro's dead? Can we finally have the good cigars now?
— Mike Bianchi (@Mike_Bianchi) September 4, 2013
With the death of Ariel Castro, I hope that this will lead to better relations between the USA and Cuba when the new president comes in.
— Iyan Sommerset (@IyanSommerset) September 4, 2013
Ariel Castro is dead!! Finally Cuba can become a democracy!!
— Ell sansom (@ell_sansom) September 4, 2013
As the folks at College Humor put it in their cleverly-named "Twidiots" section, "Look, guys. Let's break it down. Fidel Castro was the leader of Cuba for almost fifty years. Ariel Castro was the creep who kept three women as prisoners in his house in Cleveland for a decade. Very, very different fellas. Still confused? Then we cannot help you."
As time has passed, some of the tweets have come to light as jokes. However, that is not the case for all, and it leaves one wondering just how serious some of them are.
Image courtesy of the official Twitter website.