Stamped from all parts of the United States and Europe, they come from women, girls and adult men. Some are handwritten, others are typed. They are written on college-lined notebook paper and in fancy greeting cards with cartoons. Some are filled with sexually suggestive photos of women and teenagers in lingerie.
There's even a handwritten note from a Boy Scout troop in New Jersey, signed by more than a dozen girls. "May God forgive," they wrote.
All posts seem to share a theme: they are personable to the person they're addressing – Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who shot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman's Douglas High School in Parkland
The Broward County Public Defender Bureau, which represents Cruz, says that between 1
Broward County's longtime defense lawyer Howard Finkelstein told CNN he had never seen a defendant receive so many letters that arrived shortly after Cruz's arrest on February 14th. "Not even close," he said.
CNN was allowed to see a small selection of Cruz's mail – photocopies of letters that the Public Defender's Office had received from the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Of these, there was not a single letter criticizing the confessed murderer. Several people actually offered to send money to Cruz.
Why? Some people may sympathize with how Cruz was portrayed – as a person with many difficulties – said. Robi Ludwig, a psychotherapist and commentator.
"There are some people who are more co-dependent in terms of thinking and thinking, 'Oh, that poor soul. I can fix it. I can be important in his life, "she said.  Another possibility is that those who write to Cruz are desensitized to violence for their own lives, Ludwig said.
" They feel danger attracted. They like someone who is dangerous. They grew up in violence. They are desensitized and in some cases they are vicariously exciting. "
These letters are part of Cruz's file, but he may not know that most exist, Cruz has no access to the media, so if his Finkelstein said he only shared the contents of the religious letters with Cruz.
Cruz can not receive mail while he is on suicide, Finkelstein said Defender said he does not know if Cruz will receive his own mail when he leaves the suicide watch.
Here's a selection of the cards and letters that were sent to Cruz. [CNNN was not allowed to post pictures.]
Letter from Germany
Description: Letter from a 20-year-old student from Germany who says she wants to be Cruz's friend
Message: "I'm sorry for you because the media represent you without realizing what you've been through in the last few years."
"Sometimes we do not have control over what happens to us, but we always have absolute control over how we respond. "
" If you're looking for someone to write with, no matter what topic, I'm here. "
Card with a picture of a monkey
Description: Card with a cartoon monkey hanging on a tree that says:" Hang in there. " Message in Card: "I know you could use a good friend now. Stay there. Head Up! "
Message on Envelope: " No one employs you for demons, which means that defeating them might be the beginning of your meaning, friend.
Description: Letter from a 19-year-old Florida woman holding two photos of herself The letter is in beautiful handwriting on school desk paper
Message: The Woman wants to know how Cruz "stops" and says that it's important that he has someone to talk to, she asks if they can "write buddies" and says they are pictures so that he has a visual picture of who is writing to him.
"PS Let me know how you're doing, "she writes." Please. "(19659002)
Map of New York
Description: Card with a picture of a German Shepherd dog, decorated with blue and red stars.
Message: "Nikolas, I worry about you, please do not talk and hurt yourself."
Letter from England
Description: Letter from a British woman, 21.
Message: The woman says she feels "sorry" for Cruz and adds that if he wants to distract himself from the things they may be "pen pals"
Suggestive photos of young women
Description: Ten photographs, some of them selfies, by various young women and adolescents in suggestive poses Woman is wearing ripped blue jeans and a shirt with a neckline that looks almost bi s to the belly button. Another includes close-ups of her face, with lots of makeup and red lipstick. On some photos her face is framed by pink hearts or adorned with a cat's nose and whiskers, along with the greeting "Hello Kitty".
Suggestive photos of older women
Description: A woman is in a pointy bra and panties. Another is in her bra, sucking on a popsicle. A third wears a training bra and tight training shorts and bends over to show her.
Letter from California
News: "I just wanted to write to you I'm not sure if you've already received your letters or not, but I wanted that you know that you and your brother are still in my thoughts. "
" I'll be glad to send money for your commissary to get stamps and the like. "
Handwritten Letter from England
News: "I have freckles like yours."
"I think you are beautiful." "Even if you do not write back, feel free to ask me something."
The author signs off, "Dear, (name)."
"Oh, and I forgot to mention that I'm a lol girl."
Scout Troop's letter
Description: It's from at least 15 girls from Hand signed. The manuscript seems to be of girls of different ages.
Message: " Dear Nikolas, know that you are praying for this, we are a scout troop, may you know what you have done wrong, we will do it, lift you up, and all you May God forgive you this day. "
Card with a picture of a hare
Description: A greeting card (19659002) Message: "Know that you are loved, if you are allowed to communicate, you are welcome to do so." 19659054]