FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida college taking pictures suspect Nikolas Cruz instructed a detective {that a} demon in his head — “the evil facet” — instructed him to burn, kill and destroy, and that he thought of going to a park to kill individuals a couple of week earlier than 17 individuals had been gunned down on the college, based on a transcript of his interrogation launched Monday.

Through the greater than 11 hours of questioning by Broward sheriff’s Detective John Curcio, Cruz normally answered in brief sentences or nodded sure or no, talking so softly that the detective repeatedly instructed him to talk up. Twice when Curcio left the room, Cruz, 19, cursed at himself and mentioned that he wished to die, he deserved to die.

“You’re nothin’,” Cruz instructed himself, adopted by cursing.

The interrogation can be pored over by prosecutors and protection attorneys if Cruz makes an attempt an madness protection or for mitigating elements if he’s convicted and faces the loss of life penalty. Cruz’s attorneys have mentioned he would plead responsible in alternate for a sentence of life with out parole.

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Prosecutors launched the 216-page, closely redacted transcript of Cruz’s post-shooting assertion after a choose dominated final month that nonconfession parts must be made public. The interrogation started about 4 hours after the Feb. 14 taking pictures at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Parkland and about 2½ hours after Cruz was captured as he walked down a close-by road.

The Related Press and different media had sought the assertion’s launch below Florida’s broad public data legal guidelines. Cruz’s attorneys had wished it suppressed, saying its disclosure may hinder his proper to a good trial.

Cruz’s statements concerning the taking pictures are blacked out, however the transcript is in any other case wide-ranging, coping with the loss of life of Cruz’s mother and father, his penchant for killing animals, his former girlfriend, his brother, weapons, suicide makes an attempt and, particularly, the voice. He instructed Curcio the voice appeared after his father died about 15 years in the past however bought worse after his mom died of pneumonia in November.

Cruz described the voice as a male, about his age, and mentioned the one particular person he ever instructed about it was his brother.

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Curcio requested what the voice instructed him.

“Burn. Kill. Destroy,” Cruz responded.

“Burn, kill, destroy what?” the detective requested.

“Something,” Cruz responded.

He instructed Curcio that he needed to combat the voice from taking up, that it was at all times dangerous. Curcio questioned that, asking the way it may at all times be dangerous if Cruz had held down a job at a reduction retailer for 2 years.

“The voice is in right here,” he mentioned, apparently pointing to his head. “After which it’s me. It’s simply common me making an attempt to be an excellent particular person.” Curcio mentioned everybody has an excellent and dangerous facet.

“Do they actually?” Cruz mentioned.

He mentioned the voice tried to get him to shoot individuals at a park per week earlier. Or perhaps it was three. Cruz couldn’t keep in mind precisely, however he didn’t need to do it. Curcio requested why he didn’t.

“I … I don’t know,” he mentioned.

Cruz instructed Curcio he wished to hitch the Military to be a Ranger however he failed the written examination “as a result of I used to be silly.”

Cruz mentioned he purchased the AR-15 allegedly used within the taking pictures a yr earlier than as a result of it was “cool wanting” and “to really feel protected.” He mentioned he purchased different weapons however fired them solely twice, each occasions into the cement flooring of his mom’s storage.

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“It didn’t bounce throughout hell and creation?” Curcio requested. No, Cruz replied, saying the bullets embedded within the concrete.

Cruz mentioned he tried to kill himself with an over-the-counter ache reliever after his mother died and years earlier had tried to drink himself to loss of life as a result of he was lonely.

“You don’t have lots of buddies?” Curcio requested.



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