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Published On: Thu, May 31st, 2018

Nikolas Cruz videos reveal his motivation for the Parkland shooting: revenge and fame

On Wednesday, Nikolas Cruz cell phone videos were released and confirm the motives for shooting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February was revenge and fame.

“My name is Nik, and I’m going to be the next school shooter of 2018,” Cruz said in the first of his video clips. “My goal is at least 20 people.”

Nikolas Cruz

“It’s going to be a big event,” the Parkland shooter said before laughing. “And when you see me on the news, you’ll all know who I am.”

“I am nothing, I am no one,” Cruz stated. “My life is nothing and meaningless. I live a lone life, I live in seclusion and solitude. I hate everyone and everything.”

“Can’t wait,” he said in one recording after chuckling that his former classmates at the Parkland high school were going to know the power of his AR-15 style rifle.

“I had enough of people telling me I’m an idiot and a dumbass…you will all know who my name is. With the power of my AR you will all know who I am,” he repeated.

Chief Assistant Public Defender Gordon Weekes declined to comment on the videos’ contents, “out of respect for the families of the victims.”

Defense lawyers have offered to have Cruz plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of life in prison, arguing it would spare the victims’ families from having to relive the tragedy through what is certain to be a lengthy trial and appellate process.

Psychologist Peter Langman, author of “School Shooters: Understanding High School, College, and Adult Perpetrators, ” said what stood out from the videos is the shooter’s callousness and the lack of empathy.

“He seemed very calm,” Langman said. “He seemed pleased at what he was about to do. And there was no concern for human life.”

Cruz’s suicidal thoughts are expressed as he discusses how his life is nothing and meaningless, Lankford said. “I was struck by the fact that he seemed so textbook,” Lankford said.

Cruz also singled out a girl or woman named “Angie,” vowing to always love her.

“I hope to see you in the afterlife,” he says.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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