Nothing stood out about Stephen Paddock before Las Vegas shooting, people who knew him say

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  1. Stephen

    Stephen Administrator Staff Member

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-attack-stephen-paddock-trnd/index.html

    Nothing stood out about Stephen Paddock before Las Vegas shooting, people who knew him say

    The last time Eric Paddock heard from his brother, Stephen Paddock had texted to find out how their 90-year-old mother was doing.

    It was mid-September and Hurricane Irma had cut power in the Orlando, Florida, neighborhood where she lived. Stephen Paddock, who had left Florida for Nevada in 2016, followed up the text with a call to their mother. Later, he sent her a walker to help her get around, Eric Paddock said.

    About two weeks after the text, Stephen Paddock would be dead of a self-inflicted gun shot after police say he opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 500.

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    Actually, there are a lot of things that "stand out" about Stephen Paddock which may explain his murderous behavior.

    Trump said this was "pure evil" and that may be as good an explanation as any. However there are clues as to why it was pure evil, same as there were clues in Hitler's past to explain his pure evil.

    Firstly, his father was a convicted armed bank robber who was on the FBI's most wanted list for almost eight years. How this event deeply affected Paddock we may never know, but there is no doubt that it severely troubled him. From the current information, he had no problems with the police such as an arrest record. But that doesn't mean he didn't hold a deep resentment towards the law and society for what he may have perceived to be some sort of gross injustice towards his father.

    Secondly, from all accounts he was a compulsive gambler. It is fact that compulsive gamblers not in recovery from the addiction have the highest suicide rate of any other addiction, including drug addiction. Some articles have stated that Paddock told his brother and others that he was a winner at gambling. Frankly, that is not possible. Likely it will come out, that he recently incurred a bad losing streak and probably went into some serious debt. The enormous debt may have seemed insurmountable to him and this is the point where if compulsive gamblers do not seek recovery thru various ways, that suicidal thoughts can set in.

    So, put the two together, his loathing about society, perhaps enraged jealousy towards a large group of young people enjoying a fun night out on the town, something that he may have never been fortunate enough to experience growing up because of his father's criminal background. Along with his compulsive gambling addiction and stressful circumstance of being broke and in debt. Plus other possible problems such as alcohol or illegal drug use could be in the mix.

    Lastly, his brain not wired correctly from birth or a degeneration of his brain, brought about by life events mentioned and exacerbated by old age. The combined result is at least 59 innocent people dead and over 500 wounded.

    Fortunately, not every person having fathers with a violent criminal background, resorts to criminal behavior themselves. Fortunately the vast majority of compulsive gamblers do not wind up committing suicide. And of course very few people commit mass murder.

    Nobody could have predicted this and likely nothing could have stopped it. It is simply incorrect to bring a gun control narrative into this as the left has already done. Our Second Amendment provides us safety and security from tyrannical government and domestic criminals who wish to harm us. Guns save countless lives each year by giving us the protection that we need. Guns help to enable our freedom and liberty and that idea is never open for compromise.

    We will mourn the dead in Las Vegas, and offer our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the family and friends of the murdered. These murders are so very sad, but it would be sadder still to debate giving up our guns over a rare lone wolf mass murder such as this. We shall never deviate from our beloved Second Amendment.
     
  2. Stephen

    Stephen Administrator Staff Member

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/03/us/las-vegas-shooting-investigation/index.html

    Las Vegas massacre: More weapons found, but no motive

    .....No one knows yet what caused 64-year-old Stephen Paddock to inflict such mass tragedy. But based on what authorities have found, he may have been planning something even worse.

    In the gunman's 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, police recovered 23 weapons, including a handgun and multiple rifles -- some with scopes on them.

    Authorities also found several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives, in his car.

    And at Paddock's home in Mesquite, Nevada, police found at least 19 firearms, explosives, several thousand rounds of ammunition and some electronic devices.

    So far, police believe Paddock acted alone -- which could make the motive harder to determine.
     
  3. Stephen

    Stephen Administrator Staff Member

    https://apnews.com/7e4a10c9c9204cca...an's-girlfriend-returns-to-US-for-questioning

    Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend returns to US for questioning

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend, back in the United States after a weekslong trip abroad, will be at the center of the investigation into the shooting deaths of 59 people as authorities try to determine why a man with no known record of violence or crime would open fire on a concert crowd from a high-rise hotel.

    Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend Marilou Danley, 62, who was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting, was met by FBI agents at the airport in Los Angeles late Tuesday night, according to a law enforcement official.

    .....Investigators are still trying to trace that money and also looking into a least a dozen financial reports over the past several weeks that said Paddock gambled more than $10,000 per day, the official said.

    As for what may have set Paddock off, retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente speculated that there was “some sort of major trigger in his life — a great loss, a breakup, or maybe he just found out he has a terminal disease.”

    Clemente said a “psychological autopsy” may be necessary to try to establish the motive. If the suicide didn’t destroy Paddock’s brain, experts may even find a neurological disorder or malformation, he said.

    He said there could be a genetic component to the slaughter: Paddock’s father was a bank robber who was on the FBI’s most-wanted list in the 1960s and was diagnosed a psychopath.

    “The genetics load the gun, personality and psychology aim it, and experiences pull the trigger, typically,” Clemente said.

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  4. Stephen

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    https://pjmedia.com/homeland-securi...ting-claims-paddock-converted-six-months-ago/

    New ISIS Infographic on Vegas Shooting Claims Paddock Converted Six Months Ago

    The Islamic State continued insisting that they have a connection to Sunday night's massacre in Las Vegas with the publication of an infographic about the crime filling the second page of their 16-page weekly newsletter.

    ISIS claimed through their Amaq news agency Monday morning that the "Las Vegas attacker is a soldier of the Islamic State who carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting coalition countries." They claimed he had converted to Islam recently.

    In the new al-Naba issue, the terror group claims Stephen Paddock converted to Islam six months ago.

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    Did Paddock contact ISIS? He probably did. and then told them he converted to Islam. Whether or not he truly became a Muslim, really doesn't even matter.

    From all evidence gathered thus far, Paddock had planned murderous events for years. Paddock was hell bent on committing horrific crimes as a Muslim, atheist or whatever.

    This isn't to excuse radical Islam which has become a cancer on mankind. However in this case, I doubt if Islam or ISIS had much, if anything to do with it.

    I still believe my original premise is basically correct. His hatred for society, gambling losses, drug use, and a mental deterioration all combined for a perfect storm of mass murder.
     
  5. Stephen

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    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/0...nal-man-steve-wynn-tells-fox-news-sunday.html

    Las Vegas gunman seemed like 'a rational man,' Steve Wynn tells 'Fox News Sunday'

    A week after a gunman used the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel as a hunting perch to kill 58 people in what is the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, casino magnate Steve Wynn says the gunman was known to staff, seemed like “a rational man,” and that beefing up security, re-training staff and implementing strict “do not disturb” rules are key to keeping visitors safe.

    Wynn, the billionaire CEO of Wynn Resorts, in an exclusive interview with “Fox News Sunday,” said he reassessed his casino’s security in 2015, when he developed a high-level counterterrorism program.

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  6. Stephen

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    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-vegas-shooting-gambler-20171009-story.html

    In the solitary world of video poker, Stephen Paddock knew how to win. Until he didn't

    .....“Video poker is the worst of the worst. The reason it works so well is it compels you to keep playing through random reinforcement,” he said. “The next hand might be the big one. You might get a flush or a full house, and that keeps you hanging in there. It gives you just enough positive feedback to keep you hooked into it.”

    .....But drinking seemed to be a common denominator among those who saw him in action.

    "He was a heavy drinker and that is what impressed upon on them,” Curtis said.

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    Well, some of the media narratives about Stephen Paddock have already proven to be false.

    One of the media stories is that Paddock wasn't a compulsive gambler. Paddock clearly was a compulsive gambler...a gambling addict for sure.

    There are media stories about Paddock never touching a drop of alcohol. From these eyewitness accounts, he actually was a heavy drinker.
     
  7. Stephen

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    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/09/us/las-vegas-stephen-paddock-deposition/index.html

    Vegas killer described his unusual habits in 2013 testimony

    Las Vegas (CNN)He was a nocturnal creature who gambled all night and slept all day.

    He took Valium at times for anxiousness, and had the doctor who prescribed it to him on retainer.

    He wagered up to a million dollars a night, but wandered around glitzy Las Vegas casinos in sweatpants and flip-flops, and carried his own drink into the high rollers' area because he didn't want to tip the waitresses too much.

    This was Stephen Paddock as he saw himself four years before he opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers, killing at least 58 people in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

    The details are contained in a 97-page court deposition obtained exclusively by CNN. Paddock was deposed October 29, 2013 as part of a civil lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Hotel, where he slipped and fell on a walkway in 2011.

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  8. Stephen

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...says-Stephen-Paddock-enjoyed-violent-sex.html

    'I was born bad': Las Vegas prostitute who romped with mass killer Stephen Paddock says he enjoyed violent rape fantasies as she reveals he boasted he had always been evil

    A Las Vegas prostitute who was hired by murderer Stephen Paddock has spoken out about their 'violent' sex sessions and how he bragged about having 'bad blood'.

    The woman, who spoke anonymously, said she would spend hours drinking and gambling in Sin City with Paddock, who she described as 'paranoid' and 'obsessive'.

    If he hit a winning streak, he would take her back to his room for 'really aggressive and violent sex' including living out rape fantasies, she said.

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  9. Stephen

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    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-vegas-shooting-sheriff-20171102-story.html

    Las Vegas shooter had been losing money for two years and 'was going in the wrong direction,' sheriff says

    The man who shot hundreds and killed 58 at the Route 91 Harvest music festival a month ago was a narcissist who may have seen his image as a high-rolling gambler declining, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said as the investigation into the Oct. 1 shooting rampage entered its second month.

    “He was going through some bouts of depression. But he was status-driven,” Lombardo said in a wide-ranging interview with 8 News Now in Las Vegas that offered the first hints of what might have driven 64-year-old Stephen Paddock to open fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

    Paddock had been losing money for two years, Lombardo said, and had been showing signs of depression.

    “Since September 2015, he's lost a significant amount of wealth, and I think that might have been a determining factor on what he was determined to do,” Lombardo said in his Wednesday night interview.

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    How to have a million dollars from gambling?

    Start with two million.
     
  10. Stephen

    Stephen Administrator Staff Member

    http://www.newsweek.com/las-vegas-s...as-narcissistic-became-depressed-after-700575

    LAS VEGAS SHOOTING MOTIVE: GUNMAN WAS NARCISSISTIC, BECAME DEPRESSED AFTER LOSING 'SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF WEALTH,' SHERIFF SAYS

    Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was obsessed with his status when it came to being one of the city's elite, but when he started losing large amounts of cash, that popularity was quickly replaced with depression—which investigators say might be one of the primary reasons behind his attack on October 1.

    Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo talked extensively about the mass shooting, Paddock and the changing timeline, which has led to controversy and questions regarding the sniping attack, in a two-hour interview with KLAS, a local CBS affiliate in Las Vegas.

    Lombardo said Paddock had a long of ups and downs with money but he "lost a significant amount of his wealth" since September 2015, which may have been a "determining factor" on why he started building an armory of more than 40 weapons and meticulously planning every detail of the shooting.

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    The fact is that gambling has the highest suicide rate of any other addiction, including drug addiction.
     

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