Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is a popular destination for many families. So in 2008, it was a shock to learn that a Maryland man murdered his three young children at a hotel in the Inner Harbor.
Many families take their kids to the Inner Harbor and stay overnight in one of the hotels. These murders cast a shadow over the area for many people from the area.
Setting the Scene
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is a popular spot for both locals and tourists. You can visit ships ranging from the Civil War-era USS Constellation to the World War II-era submarine the USS Torsk.
You can find attractions such as the National Aquarium in Baltimore; the Maryland Science Center; and the Baltimore World Trade Center. Not to mention sports venues such as Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium.
Leading Up to the Murders
On Saturday, March 29, 2008, Mark Castillo (not the heavy metal drummer) went to the Silver Spring, Maryland, house owned by his ex-wife, Dr. Amy Castillo, a pediatrician, to pick up their children for a scheduled visit. For once, she thought it would be OK. Although his behavior had been troubling, he looked fine on that day. Not that she had the power to stop him from seeing his children. The courts had not granted her a permanent protective order, not even when she described his erratic behavior. She had little choice but to let him take the children (Anthony, age 6; Austin, age 4; and Athena, age 2).
According to reports, Mark Castillo and his three children visited the Maryland Science Center. Then, he brought them to one of the nice hotels in the Inner Harbor, a large hotel where rooms have a view of the attractions. He had their dinner delivered through room service. He let the boys play a computer game.