"Why didn't he kill me?" he repeated over and over. Three weeks later, however, the Broward Sheriff's Office received a tip that Cruz posted on Instagram his intention to shoot up the school. The recorder inside the room was still running.
Details of the shooting are blacked out, but the transcript is otherwise wide-ranging, dealing with the death of Cruz's parents, his penchant for killing animals, his former girlfriend, his brother, guns, suicide attempts and, especially, the voice.
"Burn, kill, destroy what?" "I just want to die now".
The brutal shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th is still a very sensitive event to be discussed by many. Police found him about an hour later, walking down the sidewalk on a nearby residential street. His attorneys have said he will plead guilty in return for a life sentence, but prosecutors have rejected that offer. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder.
Officials who released the transcript on Monday will also make public an edited video of the interview this week.
The document is heavily redacted for statements that could be considered a confession in keeping with Florida law.
There were also instances where Cruz would talk to himself and ask aloud why he wasn't dead. Like, why? Like, we've. this is not who you are. "You're all going to die".
The voice told him to buy the AR-15, he said, according to the transcript. Later he refers to himself as a "coward".
Prodded by the detective, Cruz said that he had amassed a cache of weapons and ammunition since turning 18, including the assault weapon, three shotguns and an AK-47. He estimated spending about $4,000 on weaponry. "This is. don't even laugh at me", Zachary Cruz said. But by later in the interview, he remembered arriving via an Uber ride.
"I hear demons. a voice, demon voice", he said, adding that the voice had told to hurt people on the night before the shooting.More news: Mendocino Wildfire Becomes California's Largest, and It's Still Growing
"It's a voice. The voice is in here", Cruz said. "Just f***ing kill me" when the officer left the room.
Twice during the interview, Cruz asked for a psychologist, "to find out what's wrong with me".
Secondly, the school district "did not follow through" when Cruz requested to return to the Cross Creek therapeutic school for disabled students, the report states.
Curcio probed Cruz about why he didn't seek help.
Det. John Curcio: "You're talking about demons".
"I'm not", Cruz responded. "You didn't want to stop the demon".
"No, I don't", Cruz said before asking for an attorney.
"You're nothin'", Cruz told himself.
"I'm sorry, dude", Nikolas Cruz replied.
Cruz described the voice as a male, about his age, and that the only person he ever told about it was his brother. Nikolas Cruz said he loved him back. Curcio asked what the voice said that morning, but the following page-worth of text is redacted.
"She would cry", Nikolas Cruz said. You could have stopped the demon by getting a prescription for Xanax. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call police immediately on 111.