It’s a sign of the times in our culture…the gunman accused of the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last month has received fan mail and money from supporters, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
The Florida newspaper got ahold of various copies of letters sent to Nikolas Cruz in jail, which reportedly include romantic and religious letters of support.
“There’s piles of letters,” said Broward County public defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office is representing Cruz. “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.”
“We read a few religious ones to him that extended wishes for his soul and to come to God,” he continued, “but we have not and will not read him the fan letters or share the photos of scantily-clad teenage girls.”
“Everyday boys and girls are starting to view him in an elevated way, looking up to his fame and notoriety,” he said.
The gunman has even received $800 in contributions to his commissary account. This money can be used to purchase food and personal items while behind bars. And several Facebook accounts have been started in support of Cruz since he has been in prison.
Cruz isn’t alone, other notorious murderers like Charles Manson and Ted Bundy had support from outside of prison. They even got marriage requests.
Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder. And Florida prosecutors have declared that they will seek the death penalty in their case against him.
Credit: The Hill