Inmate’s suicide note details released

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio death row inmate who killed himself just days before his execution called his suicide inevitable in a three-page note and expressed resentment that Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro got a life sentence, according to a police report released Thursday.

The inmate, Billy Slagle, also called his nearly three decades in prison torture and said he was taking his destiny into his own hands, according to the State Highway Patrol.

“It is perfectly clear that I have committed suicide by hanging myself,’’ the note begins, according to the report.


A summary of the note continues with Slagle mentioning being executed despite opposition from his family, his victim’s family, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty.

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‘‘In this letter, Slagle gives details of what to do with his body and his property, claims Ohio had no mercy on him, talks about his charges, that he has to forfeit his life but Ariel Castro avoids the death penalty,’’ the patrol’s summary of the suicide note said.

It continued: ‘‘. . . he states the death penalty is inconsistent and arbitrary, and his final paragraph is an apology to his loved ones.’’

Slagle’s final two phone calls, made the evening before, appeared to be to family members and did not mention suicide or the upcoming execution, the report said.

Slagle, 44, hanged himself with a belt and shoestring that he hooked onto a conduit in his cell on death row at Chillicothe Correctional Institution, according to the report. He was scheduled to die Aug. 7 for the 1987 stabbing of neighbor Mari Anne Pope during a burglary.

Associated Press