Nikolas Cruz wrote “666” in his personal blood on the partitions of his jail cell simply two months earlier than the beginning of his sentencing trial, a disturbing picture has revealed.
The chilling picture depicts Satanic photos together with “666” and the inverted pentagram all scrawled within the mass assassin’s personal blood on a cell wall inside Broward County Jail.
Broward Sheriff’s Workplace (BSO) launched the picture amongst a trove of disturbing jailhouse drawings and notes made by the 23-year-old behind bars, as he awaits sentencing for the 2018 mass homicide of 17 harmless victims.
Within the 30 pages of incoherent ramblings, Cruz has drawn photos showing to depict the Valentine’s Day 2018 taking pictures at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College and wrote that he desires to “go to demise row” after which be “buried with a lady who had a s***ty life like me”.
He additionally blames others for his resolution to homicide 17 harmless victims within the assault, speaks of his hatred for BSO and says he desires to be lifeless.
Discovery of the chilling notes and drawings led jail officers to put Cruz on suicide watch contained in the jail again in Could.
The jailhouse notes and pictures had been launched on Monday as Cruz’s authorized group started his defence in court docket in Florida.
Throughout the opening assertion, Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill talked about the disturbing drawings and stated that he wrote “666” on the partitions of his jail cell.
“The proof will present you that he attracts loads of dangerous issues and that he continues to try this stuff over on the Broward County essential jail,” she stated.
She added: “You’ll hear that someday he desires to dwell and someday he desires to die, and additionally, you will hear that all through his life he has had obsessions … videogames, weapons, train, bowel actions, vegan diets. And most not too long ago, demons and Devil.
“And you’ll hear that with an atomic fireball sweet, he’ll write on his cell wall ‘666’. These are the issues he does in isolation.
“You’ll hear that he writes disturbing issues, like a faculty shooter manifesto. Horrible. We’re not hiding that from you. However his mind is damaged. He’s a broken human being and that’s why these items occurred.”
Cruz has usually been seen scribbling away with some pen and paper whereas sat within the courtroom throughout his sentencing trial.
The discharge of the drawings gives a glimpse into the way of thinking of the person convicted of 17 counts of homicide and 17 counts of tried homicide, because the jury is ready to resolve whether or not he needs to be despatched to demise row for his crimes.
His attorneys are calling on the jury to condemn him to life in jail with out the potential of parole somewhat than sentence him to demise.
Within the disturbing notes made inside his jail cell, Cruz writes that he desires the demise penalty.
“All I need is to go to demise row. I don’t need life please assist me go to demise row!!!” he writes on one of many pages.
On one other web page, he pleads for demise, writing: “I by no means needed to be alive. I hope I die and by no means get up. My life is painful, at all times has at all times shall be. I simply wana [sic] sleep and by no means get up.
“I don’t need to be bothered by anybody or something, I can’t wait to die. Blood, blood. I solely wanna see blood.”
He additionally claims that he has been taking painkillers within the hope that he’ll die and describes himself as “a ghost of demise”.
When he dies, Cruz writes that he desires to be “buried with a lady”. Chilling sketches present a determine believed to be Cruz labelled “N” and a determine of a lady labelled “M” being buried collectively.
In one of many harrowing photos, he seems to recreate the bloodbath at the highschool he as soon as attended.
The drawing exhibits what seems to be college students sitting at desks in a faculty as a shooter opens hearth.
A number of of his notes reveal an obsession with the satan, with Satanic symbols, drawings of a satan determine and repeated use of the quantity “666”.
On one of many pages of notes, he writes: “Hail Devil!”
Cruz, who is claimed to endure from foetal alcohol syndrome (FASD) and anti-social problems, additionally makes threats to kill a person who he tries guilty for the bloodbath he carried out on his personal.
He claims the person “sexually humiliated me on f***in Instagram” and claims that they’re the “essential f***ing motive why I shot up Stoneman Douglas”.
“The blood will not be solely on my fingers however yours as effectively, your [sic] nothing however a nugatory parasite,” he rants.
Cruz then scrawls photos of an individual with a machine gun labelled “me” taking pictures one other particular person labelled “you”.
The 23-year-old additionally addresses the sheriff’s workplace straight telling them that “I pray that you simply all die horrible deaths”.
One other drawing seems to indicate a courtroom with a jury member saying: “We discover the defendant going to demise row!!”
He additionally writes an inventory of the “greatest songs earlier than demise”.
Different pages embrace drawings of ammunition, bullets, weapons and tactical vests – whereas different drawings and notes are unintelligible.
The defence is looking for to argue that Cruz is mentally sick and that his troubled origins are guilty for him finishing up one of many deadliest mass shootings in American historical past.
Throughout opening statements and testimony from the primary defence witnesses known as to the stand, a lot of the blame for his troubled begin in life was positioned squarely on the shoulders of his organic mom Brenda Woodard.
Ms McNeill instructed jurors that whereas “there is no such thing as a defence for this crime” and Cruz is the “one particular person liable for all of the ache and struggling”, the “selections” Woodard made when she “poisoned him within the womb” led to the “selections” her son made.
Witnesses and official data have revealed that Woodard drank closely and abused medicine whereas pregnant with Cruz and the defence is claiming he was left with foetal alcohol spectrum dysfunction.
“His mind is damaged. He’s a broken human being,” stated the lawyer.
Educators and household pals have additionally taken the stand to testify that Cruz displayed developmental and behavioural points from an early age.
On Wednesday morning, retired scientific psychologist Dr Frederick Kravitz, who handled Cruz when he was eight to 9 years outdated, testified that he was a “peculiar” youngster with a “very dangerous energetic creativeness”.