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Was it extreme for Mintus to liken the group to a cult? Again, that depends upon one's point of view. Excerpts from more recent letters — none from D.N. or "Victim #2" — suggest that Foster's romantic interests may have extended well beyond the two "victims" and that he continues to harbor hopes of reuniting with former students after he gets out of jail.
On October 8, a girl wrote: "I know we will return stronger than ever... Just the thought of us all being together a family once again, is what keeps me strong. I don't need anything else in life."
On October 12, Foster sent a letter to a different girl: "Being home next summer looks more and more unrealistic. But yeah, I think I talk about you guys coming up or hell, everybody coming up, getting summer jobs and living together."
From another girl, who is still at Santaluces: "[Name redacted] and I got into a conversation about your letters. Hearing you writing to her that you still think about you guys being together and are sad that you might have ruined it hurts. PLEASE DON'T LIE TO ME... I don't want you to feel you have to make empty promises to make me happy."
One of the college freshmen who had called Foster her "hero" and is now a legal adult wrote, "I guess I just thought that us talking about the future kind of meant that other things were over. I didn't realize that things were flooding in during whatever prospective time we had together."
In a subsequent letter, she wrote: "I can't help but kind of feel that you're hinting at the idea of us." She adds: "I know we didn't have much time together to really solidify anything, but I feel that now isn't the time to be suggesting things like that. ... I have to admit to you that it makes me a little uncomfortable... I don't agree with how things have been handled in their entirety, mainly the whole involving the law thing, but even if you did entrust someone with your life and they betrayed that trust, there still remains that what has happened is wrong."
She mentions that she has been wearing high heels more often.
Foster wrote back: "My intention was never to hurt you or her, that relationship ending was a trainwreck and I really wanted to move on. I meant everything I had ever said to you. Spending time made me feel more alive than I had been in years. (In my personal life, of course). Cause I loved my job. And let me address the blatant forward talk I have made in other letters... I guess its my way of saying that I really think the world of you and the thought of being lucky enough to be with somebody like you would be a dream."
He goes on to say, "I definitely agree with you about our friends, I can't see my life without them. I just can't. Please rest assured that nothing I have ever done has been fake. My feelings for you, our friends, and our successes was always genuine. Please don't ever question that."
He could not resist adding: "Oh, and I bet you look great in heels. You with straightened hair and heels would be quite ravishing. Good luck finding the man of your dreams."