In a pattern seen before with other killers and men accused of violent crimes, Cruz, who is charged with 17 counts of murder for the massacre at the school, has been sent suggestive photographs, greeting cards, encouragement and other kind notes, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, which obtained copies of some of the missives. I'm a senior in high school. The Broward State Attorney's Office has announced that they will seek the death penalty.
Another woman in Chicago reportedly sent Cruz nine salacious photos, including shots of her cleavage and backside, and one of herself in a bikini eating a Popsicle.
Broward County lawyer Howard Finkelstein, whose office is defending Cruz, said there are piles and piles of letters to sort through. "When I saw your picture on the television, something attracted me to you", the letter stated.
"Your eyes are lovely and the freckles on your face make you so handsome", the woman said in a letter to Cruz.
"I reserve the right to care about you, Nikolas!" wrote a Texas woman in neat blue handwriting in a letter addressed to the jail's P.O. box, the newspaper reported.
In addition, hundreds of dollars in contributions are being put in his commissary account by fans of Cruz, who is believed to be responsible for the mass murders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. "In my 40 years as public defender, I've never seen this many letters to a defendant", he explained. "Everyone now and then gets a few, but nothing like this". Finkelstein said his team has only read certain religious letters to Cruz that "extend wishes for his soul and to come to God". The "fan mail" includes letters and photographs from teenage girls, women, and men.
A prosecutor involved in a trespassing case against Cruz's brother, Zachary Cruz, said during a court hearing she was concerned about a jail visit Zachary made to Nikolas, in which the two apparently discussed starting a fan club for girls, ABC News reported.
Finkelstein said this volume of mail is uncommon. "That scares me. It's perverted".
"No amount of kindness or compassion alone would have changed the person that Nikolas Cruz is and was, or the horrendous actions he perpetrated", she wrote. An 18-year-old from NY included pink hearts in her letter, saying "I know you could use a good friend right now". Jail records show that from February 15 through March 5, a total of $650 was deposited.