By: Luli Ortiz, WPEC
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CBS 12/ WPEC) - It may be hard to believe and even harder to stomach, but teenage girls, women and even older men are sending letters to suspected mass murderer Nikolas Cruz.
Stacks of fan mail and love letters are piling up at the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale.
Some wrote, ‘If you need to talk, I’ll listen.’ ‘Only if you’re comfortable, please send me a picture of yourself.’ ‘I will continue to pray for you and your brother, you can write back.’
These are just a few examples among the stacks of fan mail obtained by our partners at The Sun Sentinel.
Men and women, young and old, from all over the world, from New York to as far as Germany.
Some offered friendship, encouragement, or even money.
Most of the letters from teenage girls include a description of what they look like or a provocative photo.
“There is a certain charisma attached to these people that have this power to do things that they just don’t care,” said Dr. Laurence Miller, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. “Serial killers, mass murderers. What they’re doing there is they’re going one step further and they’re identifying with these individuals because it gives them a sense of potency and power.”
These fans created Facebook pages to speak out and claim his innocence. Others sympathize with Cruz because they say he was bullied, orphaned and was diagnosed with mental illness. Some are even selling merchandise in his honor.
“Any situation like this, it’s difficult for some people to fathom, which is one of the reasons why we’re writing about this is because there is a segment of society that is attracted to this type of thing,” said Doreen Christensen, The Sun Sentinel staff writer.