Disturbing drawings and notes found in Parkland mass shooter Nikolas Cruz’s jail cell show that he scrawled ‘666’ on the wall in his own blood and reveal that he wants to ‘go to death row’ and then be ‘buried with a woman who had a s***ty life like me’
- The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) released 30 pages of the drawings and writings on Monday that were found in Nikolas Cruz’s jail cell
- The drawings were done while Cruz has been behind bars in Broward County Jail
- There are scribblings of Satan, pentagrams, and the number 666
- Some of the notes also appear to have been written in blood
- In the ramblings, Cruz begs for the death penalty and to be buried with a woman
- Cruz, 23, killed 17 people in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
- He is on trial to learn whether he will get the death penalty or life in prison
Disturbing scribblings found in Parkland mass school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s jail cell show the number ‘666’ that he wrote on the wall in his own blood, while others reveal that he wants to ‘go to death row’ and then be ‘buried with a woman who had a s***ty life like me.’
Cruz, 23, who gunned down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day 2018, has been in court for weeks – and is often seen doodling at the defense table as he waits to learn whether he’ll live or die.
Now, the public is getting a glimpse into the confessed killer’s mind after the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) released on Monday a trove of his sketches and ramblings Cruz has done during his time behind bars.
Several drawings depict Satan and pentagrams, with ‘Hail, Satan!’ as the confessed killer begs the jury to give him the death penalty. He writes that he then wants to be buried with a woman.
‘I do not want life please help me go to death row!’
Other pages show scribbles of automatic weapons and ammunition, as he writes that he hopes for another mass shooting.
‘I do not want to be bothered by anyone or anything. I can’t wait to die,’ he writes. ‘Blood, blood. I only wanna see blood fall.’
One image is a photo of his jail cell wall, scrawled with the numbers ‘666’ in what appears to be blood.
Cruz’s defense attorneys are trying to persuade his jury to sentence him to life without parole instead of death, arguing that he was ‘poisoned in the womb’ from his biological mother’s drinking and drug use during pregnancy and that ‘his brain was irretrievably broken.’
Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz’s doodles – including the numbers 666 in his own blood – were released Monday as the 23-year-old who gunned down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 waits to learn his fate
Scribblings released by the sheriff’s office on Monday reveal that Cruz wants ‘go to death row’ and then be ‘buried with a woman who had a s***ty life like me’
The number 666 is scrawled on several pages, as well as his jail cell wall
Following the release of the drawings, Cruz’s attorneys began the second day of their defense by building on testimony that his birth mother’s cocaine and alcohol abuse during pregnancy left him severely brain damaged, putting him on a road that led to him murdering 14 students and three staff members at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
They are trying to persuade his jury to sentence him to life without parole instead of death.
Cruz pleaded guilty in October to the murders and the trial is only to determine his sentence.
Cruz as a toddler was intellectually and physically behind other children, which caused him to isolate himself and hit and bite to get what he wanted, a daycare administrator and former neighbor testified Tuesday.
Anne Fischer, who ran the daycare center Cruz attended from about age 1, said he did not progress as fast as other children and was smaller.
She said while the other toddlers could ask for their water cups and use a spoon, Cruz could not. She said he would fall down when he tried to run and that his head and ears seemed disproportional to his body.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) released on Monday a trove of his sketches and ramblings Cruz has done during his time behind bars
Other pages show scribbles of automatic weapons and ammunition as he writes that he hopes for another mass shooting
Several drawings depict Satan and pentagrams, with ‘Hail, Satan!’ as the confessed killer begs the jury to give him the death penalty
In one of the ramblings, Cruz begs for death and pleads to be buried with a woman
‘He isolated himself a lot. He would sit in the corner and observe,’ Fischer said.
He pushed other kids because he ‘didn´t know how to express himself,’ she said.
‘If someone else had a toy that Nikolas wanted, he would just go up and grab the toy and hit the child´s hand to get the toy or the object. If a teacher was trying to work with him to get him to use his spoon or not his hand, he would hit the teacher´s hand away.’
She said Lynda Cruz, his adoptive mother, was loving toward Nikolas and tried to do the best she could, but was slow to admit he had problems.
She said that since the shooting, she sometimes feels a bit guilty, wondering if there was something she could have done ‘so he could be a better person.’
Anne Fischer, who ran the daycare center Cruz attended from about age 1, said he was intellectually and physically behind other children, which caused him to isolate himself and hit and bite to get what he wanted
Cruz, which Fischer circled in blue, is shown with classmates in an undated photo from at Young Minds Learning Center
Patricia Devaney-Westerlind, who lived across the street from Lynda and Roger Cruz, said Lynda Cruz kept the family’s 4,500-square-foot home immaculate and that she was nurturing to Nikolas and his younger half-brother Zachary, whom the family also adopted.
‘He was a cute little baby,’ she said of Nikolas. ‘She would go and get him all these sailor outfits. She was just the happiest I ever saw her.’
But she saw many of the same issues that Fischer did – that other than her daughter, who was about eight months younger than him, Nikolas Cruz could not relate to other children.
‘I didn´t see anything that different until about maybe 18 months old. He´s very, very hyper. Very,’ she said. ‘Always running around. He wasn´t talking, so if he wanted a toy, he would go after someone.’
Patricia ‘Trish’ Devaney Westerlind becomes emotional as she talks about Nikolas as a little boy during the penalty phase of the trial on Tuesday
Devaney-Westerlind said when the children of the neighborhood would gather at her home, Cruz would stay by himself and hide behind the blinds.
‘You´d see all the kids playing on the floor with different toys and he´d be somewhere else,’ she said.
She said Cruz was a bed and pants wetter until he was 6 or 7, which caused other children to pick on him.
‘He would get upset and he would start breaking their toys,’ she said. ‘He would be very upset, he would clench his fists. He´d be very angry. It would go on for a while. He wouldn´t get over it.’
The defense is trying to overcome the prosecution’s case, which includes surveillance video of Cruz mowing down students and staff as he stalked a three-story building for seven minutes, photos of the aftermath, and a jury’s visit to the building.
For Cruz to receive a death sentence, the jury must be unanimous. If one juror votes for life, that will be his sentence.
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