CLEVELAND - Family members of the late wife of kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro, who allegedly kept three women and a child in captivity, are calling the man "a monster."
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, relatives of Castro's late wife Grimilda Figueroa described to ABC News a violent past.
They said Castro would beat his wife, "push her down the stairs many times" and then take her to the hospital and "force her to lie and agree with him to protect her kids."
"Two faced," they said of Castro. "He had done terrible things to her [Grimilda] and treated her like trash. She had a lot of courage and she was brave. Thank God she had the courage to leave him after a lot of abuse."
While relatives would not give full details about Grimalda's exact injuries, they told ABC News they included "terrible things" from broken bones and cuts and bruises on her face.
Grimilda died last April.
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