Locked up for life without parole, Ariel Castro is finally being punished for the crimes he commited while keeping three women captive in his home for a decade.
During his sentencing– the Cleveland kidnapper said he was "not a monster."
But one of the women he tortured had a very different story to tell.
An emotional but defiant Michelle Knight said she would overcome what happened– but that Castro would face "hell for eternity."
“Despite her tearful statement and the 937 counts against him– Ariel Castro was defiant, almost rebellious, in court,” CNN’s Pamela Brown reports. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)
Castro denied beating, torturing or raping the three women.
"Most of the sex that went on in that house, practically all of it, was consensual,” Castro said. “These allegations about being forceful on them, that is totally wrong. There was times that they would even ask me for sex. Many times."
Castro also said, "We had a lot of harmony going on in that home."
But the graphic evidence unveiled in court paint a horrifying picture of their home, Brown reports, one with “rusty chains, doors rigged with homemade alarms, windows boarded, a gun Castro says he would show the women as a form of control.”
Castro’s words and the evidence against him paint a clearer picture of the man himself as well.
“He came across as manipulative, impulsive, self-absorbed,” says Dr. Gail Saltz. (WATCH VIDEO)
Psychiatrist and author of the book "Anatomy of a Secret life,” Dr. Saltz got the impression of a sociopath from Castro’s statements, “ that he wanted to impress his view and his view was that he's in the right, still.”
While Castro also apologized in his speech, “there were all kinds of excuses and reasons why essentially he was entitled to do this and that does make you think about anti-social personality disorder, that he's a psychopath,” Dr. Saltz says.
Despite his claims and his apology, Castro is now behind bars for life. And his victims can close this chapter of their life as they walk free.
Dr. Saltz says it’s cathartic for some victims to talk about their trauma or confront their perpetrator.
Knight, who not only spoke but stayed for the entire sentence said, “After 11 years, I’m finally being heard and it’s liberating.”
“I thought that she appeared to be resilient," Dr. Saltz says, "to be able to do that.”