01:42 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 05/08/2013 07:20AM
Joining his family for rice and beans and an afternoon of yard work at his mother's working-class Cleveland home on Monday, Ariel Castro was in high spirits.
"The first thing he said was, 'Familia!'" his brother-in-law Juan Alicea tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. Before he left, "He kissed his mom goodbye and said, 'I love you, Mom; the food was good.' Just like normal."
But as much of the country would soon learn, it was no ordinary day.
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