Angie Gregg describes the strange behavior of her father, Ariel Castro
When she visited him, he took forever to answer the door, she says
She also says the basement was always locked, and he wouldn't let her go upstairs
Ariel Castro beat his wife, his daughter says
Seldom does a daughter use such harsh words to describe her own father.
Ariel Castro’s daughter called him “the most evil, vile, demonic criminal” she ever heard of during a CNN exclusive interview Thursday.
“He is dead to me,” Angie Gregg said of the father police say kidnapped, held captive, raped and beat three young women in Cleveland for about a decade.
She had known her “daddy” as a “friendly, caring, doting man.”
Now shocked and in disbelief, Gregg says she never wants to see him again.
“There will be no visits; there will be no phone calls,” she said. “He can never be Daddy again. I have no sympathy for the man.”
As she mulled the accusations against him, she asked, “How could you?”
“I wonder this whole time, how he could be so good to us, but he (allegedly) took young women, little girls, someone else’s babies, away from these families and over the years never felt enough guilt to just give up and let them free.”
Gregg did not think anything out of the ordinary was going on in her childhood home.
All that changed Monday when Amanda Berry broke loose. Police freed her fellow captives Georgina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, divulging the secret locked up inside the house at 2207 Seymour Ave.
When she first heard the news about their captivity, Gregg said, she “just wanted to die.”
She had known Berry and DeJesus from her school days.
Peculiarities she noticed about her father over the years started falling into place in a new, grim light, and they are making her feel “horrified,” she said.
“This was going on right under my nose.”
An odd place to visit
When she came calling, “he would take forever to come to the door,” she said. He always had the house locked up tight.
Standing at a window, Castro would often give her a hand signal indicating to her to wait. Then he’d wave her around to the back door, not letting her in through the front of the house.
Once inside, visits were fun and cordial. Gregg, her husband and Castro “ate, looked at photos and listened to music,” she said. “He appeared to be happy to see us and never rushed for us to leave.”
At times, he would disappear from dinner and give no explanation for his absence.
The music was usually turned up loud, but Gregg thought this to be fitting since Castro was a musician.
Once she asked if she could go upstairs to see her childhood bedroom. Castro coaxed her out of the idea, telling her, “Oh, honey, there’s so much junk up there. You don’t want to go up there,” she said.
Again, she thought nothing of it, “besides him being a pack rat.”
The basement was always locked.
Clinging to the house
The list of oddities continued.
Castro clung to home, never wanting to leave for more than a day, even to visit Gregg out of state when she lived with her family in Indiana.
“He was adamant in the fact that he wanted to leave home early morning and he had to be back by evening,” Gregg said.
Her family often made travel plans with Castro that they then had to cancel because of her father’s obsession with his own four walls.
Gregg said that she never saw signs of the 6-year-old at her father’s house and that she never saw her with him. But about two months ago, he showed her a picture in his cell phone.
Gregg asked who it was.
Her father told her that the girl was his girlfriend’s child by somebody else.
“I figured at the most he had an illegitimate child out there, you know, and I would find out eventually,” Gregg said.
She asked him to get a paternity test. She wanted to know if she had another sister out there somewhere.
Now she knows that she does.