Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month, is reportedly being showered with love letters and has had hundreds of dollars put in his commissary account.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that an alarming amount of admirers are sending the suspected mass murderer sexually-explicit photos and offers of support and encouragement. These so-called groupies are also joining Facebook groups where they discuss ways to rally behind the Florida teen, according to the newspaper.
“I reserve the right to care about you, Nikolas!” a Texas woman reportedly wrote to Cruz.
“I’m 18-years-old. I’m a senior in high school. When I saw your picture on the television, something attracted me to you,” another wrote in a March 15 letter.
The Sun Sentinel reported that one Chicago woman sent nine sexually-suggestive photos of herself—one including a snap of her cleavage and another showing herself in a bikini and eating a popsicle—to the jail’s Fort Lauderdale P.O. Box.
The newspaper noted that it’s not only women sending well-wishes to Cruz: One mustachioed New York man allegedly sent a card with a cat on the front and enclosed images of himself sitting behind the wheel of his white Nissan convertible.
“There’s piles of letters,” Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office is representing the jailed teen, told the Sentinel.
“In my 40 years as public defender, I’ve never seen this many letters to a defendant. Everyone now and then gets a few, but nothing like this.”
Finkelstein revealed that Cruz has not seen any letters whatsoever as he’s on suicide watch. Jail staff inspects all inmates’ incoming mail (aside from legal mail); content deemed explicit or inappropriate is returned back to its sender.
The defense attorney went on to reveal that lawyers have read Cruz a few of the religious letters that he’s received. The Broward Sheriff’s Office said that Cruz has requested a Bible but Finkelstein said the request was denied due to him being on suicide watch.
In addition to mail, the local newspaper wrote that Cruz has $800 in his commissary account, which is apparently being funded by fans.
Finkelstein said he fears that young children are looking up his infamous client.
“The letters shake me up because they are written by regular, everyday teenage girls from across the nation,” he said.
“That scares me. It’s perverted.”
[Featured Image: Nikolas Cruz/Broward County Jail]