The person reportedly responsible for taking the lives of at least 17 people in the Parkland, Florida, mass killing in February is receiving floods of fan mail, and some of it is "perverted," according to his public defender.
Wow. What are the details of the letters?
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender, said his client has reportedly received "piles of letters" from people identifying as both teenagers and adults.
"I’m 18-years-old, I’m a senior in high school. When I saw your picture on the television, something attracted me to you," one female wrote, according to the Sun-Sentinel. "Your eyes are beautiful and the freckles on your face make you so handsome."
The writer of the above note also reportedly went on to detail her body measurements.
A second teen reportedly sent a letter because they knew "you could use a good friend right now."
A woman also reportedly sent the accused killer suggestive photos of her scantily clad body, while a man reportedly sent him photos of himself sitting in a convertible car.
A Texas woman also reportedly sent a letter just days after the mass killing saying, "I reserve the right to care about you."
What has the public defender said about the letters?
Finkelstein said he was disturbed by the public contacts.
"In my 40 years as public defender, I’ve never seen this many letters to a defendant," he said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. "Everyone now and then gets a few, but nothing like this."
Finkelstein added that "the letters shake me up because they are written by regular, everyday teenage girls from across the nation."
"That scares me," he admitted. "It’s perverted."
He noted that the accused mass murderer has no knowledge of the letters.
"We read a few religious ones to him that extended wishes for his soul and to come to God," Finkelstein explained, "but we have not and will not read him the fan letters or share the photos of scantily clad teenage girls."
According to the outlet, Finkelstein worries that "everyday boys and girls are starting to view [the accused mass killer] in an elevated way, looking up to his fame and notoriety."