CLEVELAND - What was expected to be a simple apology to the women he kidnapped and abused turned into a rambling account from Ariel Castro of why he thinks he's not a monster.
"I did not prey on these women," he said prior to his sentencing. "I just acted on my sexual instincts because of my sex addiction."
Castro will spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, and keeping them captive in his home for more than 10 years on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland.
Although Castro apologized to the three women in court, he claimed there was "harmony" in the house, that most of the sex was "consensual," and he even suggested that the video of Berry enjoying herself at a concert last weekend shows that the women were not abused.
"If that were true, do you think she'd be out there partying and having fun?"he asked. "I don't think so."
Ellen Casper, Ph.D., ( www.ellenfcasperphd.com )said Castro was simply having his "grandstand moment" to try to gain some sympathy and that he may have even tried to convince himself that his stories are true.
"These kinds of stories allow him to live with himself," she said. "My guess is that as they (the three survivors) continue to grow and be strong, that they will just see this as a last-ditch, 11th-hour effort on his part to gain some sympathy."
WEB EXTRA: Dr. Casper discusses Stockholm syndrome, which may have been one factor that helped the three women survive the past 10 years. Watch in the video player above.
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