By a Newsnet reporter
The two brothers whose pictures appeared in mugshots alongside the man accused of abducting three women and holding them captive for years, have spoken of their shock at the revelations.
Pedro and Onil Castro gained instant notoriety when they appeared alongside their brother Ariel in a police photo hours after three women were released from captivity. The three women had disappeared a decade ago after being snatched from the same area of Cleveland.
With Ariel now facing charges of abduction, illegal imprisonment and rape, Onil and Pedro have spoken of the nightmare they now find themselves in.
Both brothers who are in their fifties have been released by the police who have said they had nothing to do with the abduction and torture of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
However, such has been the impact of the initial photograph and publicity that they have been forced, along with their 71 year old mother, to go into hiding.
Speaking to CNN news, both men spoke of feeling haunted at having missed clues and told of how they are now hunted by the media. They also spoke of their concern that people will always believe they had something to do with the abductions and that they will never be believed.
People who know the brothers have insisted that they would never do anything like the crimes allegedly carried out by their brother.
“And the people out there that know me, they know that Onil Castro is not that person and has nothing to do with that. Would never even think of something like that,”
“Same,” says his brother Pedro in a TV interview, “I couldn’t never think of doing anything like that. If I knew that my brother was doing this … I would not be, not … in a minute, I would call the cops because that ain’t right.
“But yeah, it’s going to haunt me down because people going to think, yeah, Pedro got something to do with this and Pedro don’t have nothing to do with this. If I knew, I would have reported it, brother or no brother.”
The brothers also spoke of a strange rule, to be revealed in a CNN interview on Monday, they were asked to observe whenever they visited their brother.
In a tragic twist, it has emerged that one of the girls allegedly abducted by Ariel Castro was his own daughter’s friend.
Arlene Castro had even appeared in a TV appeal urging anyone with information relating to the disappearance of her friend Gina DeJesus to get in touch.
Speaking on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Arlene Castro said she had “no idea” her father allegedly was holding DeJesus and two other young women.
“I would like to say that I’m absolutely so, so sorry,” a tearful Arlene Castro told ABC. “… I’m so sorry for everything.”
“I’m really disappointed, embarrassed, mainly devastated,”