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May 10th, 2013
11:20 PM ET

Former FBI man John Douglas on Castro: "It's all about power ... it's all about control ... it's all about basically playing God"

In a week which saw authorities in Ohio announce that they will be seeking murder charges – in addition to kidnapping and rape charges – for Ariel Castro, "Piers Morgan Live" invited John Douglas to share his professional insight on the man who is accused of operating a "house of horrors" by keeping multiple women captive for the better part of a decade.

The former chief of the FBI's Behavioral Science unit, Douglas has worked some of the country's most high profile cases, and on Friday evening he offered some context on the Cleveland case:

"We're throwing around the term sexual predator. Your viewers and listeners may think that there's a sexual component, that's the primary motivation of the offender. It really isn't," explained Douglas. "Sex is a component, but really a small component. It's all about power. It's all about control. It's all about basically playing God."

Serving as the inspiration for the character of Jack Crawford in the well-known "Silence of the Lamb" film, Douglas took Piers Morgan inside the mind of Castro, and others like him:

"They wear this mask of sanity. You sit across from them, and you look into their eyes. When you look in their eyes, they look normal. Then you try to kind of go back, what that person looked like when he was looking into the eyes of the victim and how his personality was totally different," said the man who's studied everyone from Charles Manson to David Berkowitz to the Unabomber. "That's what fools the public. They think that there's going to be some ghoulish looking type of character that will stand out in the crowd. No, they look like you and I."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Douglas goes into further detail regarding the preparation underwent by Castro, as he carefully planned out his kidnappings.
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  1. Rick

    This guy "Storm" you had on is lying. Look at his facebook page, the day this happened he said he always thought " the house was abandoned" and that " he lived there for a year and never heard anything" He also stated it's a 2 family house, but no one on the news is saying that? Why not? If it was a 2 family house and he kept them in the second part of the house, why are they making it seem like they were in HIS house?

    May 11, 2013 at 1:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rick

      Just wondering as I have been glued to this story on CNN, if you also feel that something isn't adding up......

      May 11, 2013 at 1:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gary

        I noticed that too.....

        May 11, 2013 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Griff.

    "Ever worry about what food you eat, Pierse? I do! I never eat any sausage that can be fried in the winter time, as I feel it stays with you, whereas in spring and summer you can walk it off, or don't you really care?"

    May 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Griff Is Off His Rocker

    Are ye sayin' he's a wee bit tubby?Or are you just insane?

    And it's Piers,laddie...

    (Or Captain Morgan.)

    May 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Name*saeedshaban

    CNN tv news wach

    May 15, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply

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