The killing of Trayvon Martin stirred up emotions from people all over the world. George Zimmerman, the accused killer, has since been painted as both a villian and as someone protecting his neighborhood, depending on the person.
This is evident in the over 400 letters and e-mails Zimmerman has received over the past 10 months. Some show outrage: "Hope you die in prison." While others show support: "His character proves he is a good person and put in charge of trying to keep homes safe."
Zimmerman's lawyer, who recently released the letters to CNN, say he has not read all of them.
The majority are either neutral or compassionate, offering moral support and financial contributions to help with Zimmerman's mounting bills. The supportive letters often blame the media for his woes and offer encouragement for the road ahead.
Some applaud his lawsuit against NBC over the altering the recording of his police call, allegedly to "create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain."
Other missives — many packed with vitriol and anger — provide a glimpse into the emotion that overcame the nation when Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, a black teen, in Sanford, Florida, exactly one year ago.
Like the friendly letters, there are recurring themes: condemnation of Zimmerman's conduct that night, mocking the website he established to collect donations for the legal defense and even ridiculing the physical appearances of him and his wife, Shellie.
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