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Joan Rivers apparently has no sympathy for the women locked in Ariel Castro’s Ohio “house of horrors” for a decade before their rescue last year.

Rivers compared her daughter’s Malibu guestroom to the three women’s plight, saying, “Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space.”

That was on the Today show, and she doubled down on the comment Wednesday with another inappropriate joke, calling the victims freeloaders.

“They got to live rent free for more than a decade,” the defiant Rivers, 80, told TMZ, and when asked for comment by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, said:

“I’m a comedienne. There is nothing to apologize for. I made a joke. It’s what I do. Calm down. Calm f--k down. I’m a comedienne. They’re free, so let’s move on."

For the women involved, the jokes didn't go over well.

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Convicted Cleveland kidnapper/rapist Ariel Castro may have died from auto-erotic asphyxiation, not suicide, according to a scandalous new report.

Two prison guards falsified logs documenting observations taken hours before Ariel Castro died, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction states.

Castro's pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles when he was found, leading the state to forward those facts to the state highway patrol.

Officials there will investigate and consider the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation, which the new report suggests but does not formally conclude.

No one can say for sure if he practiced auto-erotic asphyxiation, whereby one achieves sexual satisfaction by briefly choking one's self into unconsciousness.

It also won't be hugely surprising considering that it's Castro.

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Ariel Castro, the man convicted of kidnapping and imprisoning three Cleveland women over the course of a decade, was found dead Tuesday night.

The 53-year-old was found hanged in his prison cell, where he was alone, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction confirmed in an email.

Castro was in protective custody, but was found dead at 9:20 p.m. ET in the cell, where checks are required every 30 minutes, prison medical staff said.

After lifesaving measures were attempted, Castro was transported to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.

JoEllen Smith with the state corrections agency said:

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Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison today, one week after he pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty.

The court in Cuyahoga County (Oh.) is seizing the property of the criminal and imposing a fine of $100,000 on him, in addition to his massive sentence.

"There is no place in this city, there is no place in this country, there is no place in this world for those who enslave others," Judge Michael Russo told him.

"A person can only die in prison once," Russo added of the mammoth sentence, which he said was "commensurate with the harm" done by Ariel Castro.

Russo, noting how Castro treated victims, said consecutive sentences rendered in his case must be "imposed" to protect the public and "to punish you."

"You don't deserve to be out in our community. You're too dangerous."

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Amanda Berry showed up at the RoverFest concert in Cleveland on Saturday night, where she was cheered by a huge crowd - and rapper Nelly.

Held captive in the city for a decade, she made her first public appearance a day after Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to kidnapping and rape charges.

Berry walked on stage with her family, wearing sunglasses and dressed in jeans and a black T-shirt. She smiled broadly, but didn't address the crowd.

Nelly called Berry back to the stage after his music set to meet her.

Berry, 27, was held captive along with Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight until their stunning rescue this May, when Charles Ramsey aided their escape.

All of whom vanished between 2002 and 2004.

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Ariel Castro agreed to a plea deal in an Ohio courtroom Friday that will save him from the death penalty, but never again will he see the light of day.

He was sentenced to life, plus 1,000 years in prison.

The deal, reached with prosecutors, would let him avoid the possibility of a death sentence and spare his victims from having to testify at a trial.

The plea deal entails that the Cleveland kidnapping perpetrator be sentenced to life in prison without parole - he will never even get a parole hearing.

It would also mean that a trial Castro was facing on August 5 would not happen and he would not face the possibility of being sentenced to death.

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Charles Ramsey, the affable hero who rescued the three kidnapped Cleveland women, says he is broke and out of a job - and even without a home.

"I’m broke, bro," Ramsey told the Daily Mail (UK). "That’s the truth."

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The Mail says he was "shamed" out of his home next to alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro by neighbors "who claim he exaggerated his role in the rescue of the girls."

Moreover, Charles Ramsey said he was fired from his job working in a kitchen because customers kept coming in and wanting to shake his hand.

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The three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade issued a YouTube video thanking the public for the encouragement and financial support.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately between 2002-2004, broke their silence in the video posted at midnight.

The women said the support and prayers of family, friends and the public is allowing them to rebuild their lives after what Berry called "this entire ordeal."

They were 14, 16, and 20 years old when they were abducted, and none of them showed visible signs of abuse suffered at the hands of Ariel Castro.

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Ariel Castro, the Ohio man charged with keeping three women captive for a decade, has pleaded not guilty to 329 charges of rape, torture and murder.

Silent during his first court appearance since his arrest in May, Castro kept his head down in the courtroom, where attorneys entered a plea for him.

Castro, 52, is accused of kidnapping Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight and imprisoning them, in chains, inside his Cleveland home.

He is also accused of the aggravated murder of a fetus for allegedly forcibly causing an abortion in one of his victims that he is accused of impregnating.

That charge could potentially carry the death penalty.

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The man accused of keeping three women in captivity for a decade will plead not guilty, his lawyer said, while raising concerns that he can receive a fair trial.

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Craig Weintraub, who's representing Ariel Castro, 52, on rape and kidnapping charges, said the "fantastic notoriety" of the case is a disadvantage.

Castro's defense is mulling whether to ask that the trial be moved out of Cleveland, where he allegedly held the three victims in his home.

"Then that begs the question: 'Well, where can he get a fair trial under the circumstances?' This is a case with sensationalistic, international coverage."

Castro, 52, was arrested May 6 shortly after Amanda Berry kicked out part of a locked door of his house and yelled to neighbor Charles Ramsey for help.

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