Defendant parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz has received fan mail in the Florida prison where he is being held.
In a previously seen pattern with other alleged violent criminals Cruz, charged with 17 years According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, who has received copies of some of the missions, he was sent suggestive photos, greeting cards, encouragements and other friendly notes.
Broward County defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office represents Cruz, said he was worried about the prominence Cruz would get.
"The letters shake me because they are written by regular, everyday girls from all over the country," he said. It scares me, it's perverse. "
The Sun Sentinel showed a thick stack of hundreds of pages of photocopies of the letters Cruz had sent.
"You are in a difficult situation, Nik, and I know that because I've been there myself," wrote a letter writer Cruz. "If you need anything, I can email you … questions, if you need to talk … I'm listening."
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The letter was in an envelope decorated with heart and happy faces, the sentinel reported.
"Your eyes are beautiful and the freckles make you so beautiful."
Another woman sent Cruz nine suggestive photos, the newspaper reports
Finkelstein told the Sentinel that the "mountains of letters" at Cruz were different from anything he has seen so far.
"In my 40 years as a public defender, I have never seen so many letters to a defendant," he said. "Everybody gets a few every now and then, but nothing like that."
Part of the correspondence also comes from men. Finkelstein told the newspaper that Cruz, who is suicidal, did not see the letters. The Broward County jail opens the most inmates for inmates, reports the Sentinel; Mail that is vulgar or considered a security threat will be returned to the sender.
"We read a few religious words to him that spread desires for his soul and came to God, but we have and will not read the fan letters to him or share the photos of scantily dressed teenage girls," said Finkelstein Newspaper.
The 800 dollars in Cruz & # 39; s commissaire account were apparently at least partially sent by fans, Finkelstein said.
The Sentinel also reported a secret Cruz fan page on Facebook where members speak of their support and affection for him.
A woman recently requested pictures to make Cruz a collage.
"I want him to see how many people love and care for him and all the beautiful faces," she wrote, according to the Sentinel.
Sarahell Murphy, a deputy prosecutor in Broward County, recently said in court that Cruz's brother, Zachary, was recently arrested for a house violation, officials said he visited the The scene of Parkland shooting had been overheard as he discussed how popular his brother is now.
The phenomenon of the so-called "serial killer groupies" has long been intrigued and appalled because people have shown similar attraction and warm behavior towards others accused or convicted killers like Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy, who before his execution in 1989 married his fans.
Florida prosecutors have stated that they intend to apply for the death penalty for Cruz.