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As investigators, journalists, and academics alike continue to study the past of Ariel Castro, on Monday night Piers Morgan invited Xavier Amador to offer his professional analysis of the man currently facing charges of kidnapping and rape – with murder a possibility – for imprisoning women over a ten year span.
"He's a man and like many men who do abuse, unfortunately, and we know a lot about it and we can find if we look for the warning signs, this probably could have been prevented," said the Clinical Psychologist and Columbia University Professor. "He is a garden variety abuser. Now, there's nothing garden variety about kidnapping and holding three women for that long and causing abortions and birthing this little girl that he's raised. Nothing garden variety about that. But what is garden variety is the way in which all the warning signs unfolded and all the ways in which he evidenced the signs of a classic abuser of women, someone who was very controlling, someone who people did see the warning signs, but they normalized it."
Referencing an apologetical note written between 2004 and 2005, Amador suggested there were episodes in Castro's own childhood that may have contributed to his adult wrongdoings:
"This is somebody who may have very well have been abused just first and foremost, statistically, men who abuse in this manner, tend to have been abused as children," said the author of eight books in a face to face "Piers Morgan Live" interview. "That's not the abuse excuse. Understand, this is about understanding. This is about explaining, not explaining away what happened. So that note says to me that there may be abuse in his history. Certainly he's an abusive person, and he's somebody who has insight into the fact that he's an abusive person."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Amador explains the difference between categorizing someone as a monster, versus saying a human being did monstrous things.
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