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Ariel Castro's neighbor charged with 1990s murders of women....

Posted by on Oct. 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM
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Good Lord. Is this the street where all the depraved maniacs live or what?

Ariel Castro's neighbor charged with 1990s murders

Ariel Castro's Cleveland home. Elias Acevedo, who lived on the same block as Castro, is charged with the murder of two women in the 1990s and multiple rapes.

Elias Acevedo, Sr., who lived on the same block as Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, has confessed to killing two women. He also faces multiple rape charges.

CLEVELAND — Increased scrutiny of missing person cases in a Cleveland neighborhood following the arrest of kidnapper Ariel Castro led to charges against a neighbor for the murders of two women in the 1990s, the FBI said.

Elias Acevedo, Sr., 49, was charged late Thursday with the kidnapping, rape and murder of his 30-year-old neighbor, Pamela Pemberton, found strangled in 1994, and another woman believed to be Christina Adkins, a pregnant 18-year-old who disappeared in 1995. He also is charged with the rape of two young girls.

"Because the public became more aware and investigators were determined and relentless, people were re-interviewed and there was an increased interest in these missing person cases," FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson said Friday.

Acevedo, who lived on the same block as Castro, was arrested in June at his Seymour Avenue residence after police questioned Castro's neighbors and discovered that Acevedo was a convicted sex offender who had failed to report his current address.

Acevedo became a suspect in the Adkins and Pemberton murders after the FBI re-examined the disappearance of other missing women from the Seymour Avenue neighborhood in the aftermath of Castro's arrest, according to a statement from the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office.

Cleveland's Seymour Avenue garnered international attention after three women — Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus — were found with Berry's 6-year-old daughter in a dilapidated home owned by 53-year-old Castro. The women had been missing for about a decade; Castro had fathered the child.

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While incarcerated, Acevedo's DNA was linked to a 1993 rape that occurred near the location where Pemberton's body was found. The FBI then linked Acevedo to the 1995 disappearance of Adkins, last seen in the vicinity of Seymour Avenue.

Acevedo has confessed to the murders, which means authorities will not seek the death penalty, according to Joe Frolik, spokesman for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office.

Acevedo led authorities to a spot near a highway where he had put Adkins' body in a manhole 18 years ago, according to the FBI and prosecutors.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office is in the process of positively identifying what are believed to be Adkins' remains after her identification card was found nearby.

Castro pleaded guilty to 937 charges and was found hanged in his prison cell just a month into a life sentence. His death was ruled a suicide by the Franklin County coroner but an investigation into his death by prison officials has called into question whether he died accidentally while performing a sex act.

The indictment against Acevedo includes 115 kidnapping charges and more than 173 charges of rape involving Adkins, Pemberton and the repeated rapes over a period of months of two girls, starting when they were 8 and 11 years old. He was also charged in the 1993 rape of his brother's common-law wife.

"It is definitely bittersweet, you hate to give this news to the family but you hope it give them some closure," Anderson said.

Acevedo is scheduled to be arraigned in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court Monday. He has not yet been assigned a lawyer, according to court documents.

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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Oct. 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM
I'm speechless.
.Bubbles.
by Silver Member on Oct. 20, 2013 at 1:42 PM
I wonder if these two men were aware of one another. This all just seems too crazy to be coincidence.
cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Oct. 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM


Quoting .Bubbles.:

I wonder if these two men were aware of one another. This all just seems too crazy to be coincidence.

It does seem a little odd to have two men of such depraved morals living within houses of each other. 

.Bubbles.
by Silver Member on Oct. 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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After I wrote that I began wondering if I have watched too many episodes of Criminal Minds, lol.

Quoting cjsbmom:


Quoting .Bubbles.:

I wonder if these two men were aware of one another. This all just seems too crazy to be coincidence.

It does seem a little odd to have two men of such depraved morals living within houses of each other. 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Oct. 20, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I freak out when I watch that show, because you know they don't make some of that stuff up. It's probably based on real cases or real issues. It's scary to think there are those kind of depraved people in the world. *shudder*

Quoting .Bubbles.:

After I wrote that I began wondering if I have watched too many episodes of Criminal Minds, lol.

Quoting cjsbmom:


Quoting .Bubbles.:

I wonder if these two men were aware of one another. This all just seems too crazy to be coincidence.

It does seem a little odd to have two men of such depraved morals living within houses of each other. 


AlekD
by Gold Member on Oct. 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM

That's so weird! I'd be freaking out if I lived on that street right now.

                      

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9                                                   My Blog

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Oct. 20, 2013 at 2:02 PM

...

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Oct. 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Can you imagine what this will do to property values there? I'm sure they already were plummeting because of Castro and his house of chains. But now we have two weirdos living on the same block. 

Quoting AlekD:

That's so weird! I'd be freaking out if I lived on that street right now.


quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Oct. 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Christ on a cracker, is there something in the water there?

AlekD
by Gold Member on Oct. 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM

It's crazy. I mean, what are the odds?

Quoting cjsbmom:

Can you imagine what this will do to property values there? I'm sure they already were plummeting because of Castro and his house of chains. But now we have two weirdos living on the same block. 

Quoting AlekD:

That's so weird! I'd be freaking out if I lived on that street right now.



                      

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