WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Parkland High School shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz told a detective that he heard a voice in his head telling him to “burn, kill and destroy.”
- In a taped confession, Cruz said that it was the voice that urged him to buy a gun.
- The transcript released Monday also revealed that the troubled teen attempted suicide twice.
Nikolas Cruz, the teenager who confessed to killing 17 people at a Parkland, Florida high school, told an investigator in a taped confession that he heard “voices” in his head. The interrogation was conducted shortly after Cruz open fired at students and personnel at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day.
Detective John Curcio, who was interrogating Cruz, asked him what the voice told him to do.
“Burn. Kill. Destroy … anything,” Cruz replied.
The 19-year-old told the detective that he started hearing the voice after his adopted father died in 2004 and worsened after his mother died in November 2017, about three months before the massacre.
Cruz also told Curcio that the voice told him to buy a gun.
The transcript was released on Monday by the State Attorney’s Office in Broward County. A video of parts of the interrogation will be released on Tuesday.
At one point during the interview, the detective asked Cruz if he wanted a drink of water.
“I don’t deserve it,” the teen answered.
When Curcio left Cruz alone in the room briefly to get water, Cruz said aloud: “Kill me. Just f—ing kill me. F—.”
After a couple of hours, Curcio left Cruz alone again in the interrogation room. That’s when he started saying that he wanted to die.
“I want to die,” Cruz was heard saying. “At the end, you’re nothing but worthless s—, dude. You deserve to die because you’re f—ing worthless and you f—ing (unintelligible) everyone. I want to die.”
Cruz discussed about his suicide attempts, saying he tried to kill himself by swallowing a lot of ibuprofen. Another time, he tried self-induced alcohol poisoning.
The transcript did not reveal details of the shooting, but otherwise deals with the death of Cruz’s parents, his brother, his ex-girlfriend, being adopted, previous drug use and incidents in which he killed animals and mostly about the voice in his head.
According to the transcript, Cruz said he heard the voice the morning of the shooting.
Under Florida law, any information revealing “the substance of a confession” is exempt from public disclosure until the case is closed. Cruz’s lawyers were against releasing the document, saying it would contaminate a fair trial. But a Broward County judge last month ruled the non-confession portions of Cruz’s post-shooting statements could be made public, the Associated Press reported.
Source: USA Today