Parkland suspect told police he heard voices in his head

Parkland suspect told police he heard voices in his head
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The suspect in the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting told police he heard voices in his head telling him to hurt others and himself ahead of the deadly incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, according to a transcript of his interview with a detective.

Nineteen-year old Nikolas Cruz told Broward Sheriff’s Office Detective John Curcio shortly after the shooting that he had been hearing a voice in his head since the death of his father and that it had gotten worse after the death of his mother.

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Cruz described the voice as “the demon” and told the detective that the voice urged him to “Burn. Kill. Destroy.”

The night before the shooting, Cruz said the voice told him “to hurt people.”

Police released the transcript of his first interview with police on Monday evening. The document is heavily redacted for statements that could be considered a confession in keeping with Florida law.

Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of murder as well as additional attempted murder counts. Florida prosecutors have rejected plea offers in exchange for a confession and say they intend to seek the death penalty.

Curcio asked Cruz if he was hearing the voice during their interview. Cruz said that the voice was telling him to kill himself. According to the transcript, he expressed a desire to die repeatedly and once asked "Why didn’t he kill me?” when the detective left the room.

During the interview, Cruz also described two past suicide attempts, one of which was two months before the school shooting.

When the officer asked if he had been read his rights, Cruz shook his head no and told the Curcio, “I don’t deserve it.”

According to the transcript, Cruz appeared confused at times. He could recall the exact price of the AR-15 he purchased, but said he could not remember where he was born, did not know where he was or that the individual questioning him was a policeman.

Cruz at one point asked the detective if he was a psychologist and then requested one.

Asked if he had ever seen a psychologist before, Cruz said no and that the voice in his head had told him not to.

Cruz told the detective he wanted a psychologist “to find out what’s wrong with me.”

Cruz’s lawyers had argued against making any part of the transcript public, according to reports, claiming the material could prejudice the public against Cruz.