"My name is Nick and I'm going to be the next school shooter of 2018", Cruz says. The gunman said there was "going to be a big event" at Stoneman Douglas. Survivors of the massacre are furious, and are demanding nobody watch or share the videos.
Armed with that AR-15-style assault rifle, Cruz stormed into his former high school on Valentine's Day and carved a path of carnage through the halls, killing 17 students and staff, and wounding another 17. "You're all going to die!" "Ah yeah, can't wait".
In one of the videos, Cruz outlined his plan for the massacre, saying that he meant to take Uber to the school and eventually end up on an upper floor of the building so that he could fire down on fleeing students like a sniper. "Today is the day", Cruz declares.More news: Kim Kardashian meets Donald Trump to discuss prison reform
"I am nothing, I am no one, my life is nothing and meaningless", added the shooter, who was arrested soon after the massacre. I live in seclusion and solitude. "I hate everyone and everything", he says. "With the power of my AR, you will all know who I am".
Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the attack.
Broward County prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty despite his attorney's offer of a guilty plea in exchange for a life sentence.
The Broward State Attorney's Office released the video because under Florida law, with few exceptions, evidence becomes a public record when it is turned over to the defendant's attorneys as part of the pretrial discovery process. I had enough of being told that I'm an idiot and a dumbass.More news: Treatment of immigrant children dehumanizing
The videos suggest that Cruz had thought about what he would do, and the brief glimpses of what he said drove him carried unnerving echoes of previous mass killers. "Please do us a favor and listen to us when we say we don't want his f***ing face plastered everywhere we look, thank you, have a good night because none of us will be". "You're all stupid, brainwashed by the political government programs. I hope to see you in the afterlife", he said.
Prosecutors are likely to present the videos at trial as evidence the attack was premeditated.
Gordon Weekes, Cruz's defense lawyer from the Broward Public Defender's Office, declined to comment Wednesday.More news: Controversial burqa ban now a reality