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The Strange Case Of Stephen Paddock

“At face value, he had to have some help at some point and we want to ensure that that’s the answer” Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph: Lombardo

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The more investigators delve into the life of mass murderer Stephen Craig Paddock, the stranger it gets. First, we discover that his father was a bank robber wanted on the F.B.I.’s most wanted list. Paddock himself supposedly took illegal drugs and collected over 43 weapons he had stashed in his three homes and was a wealthy accountant and real estate investor. The Las Vegas shooter was also hooked on gambling playing upwards of 1,000 hands of video poker in a single hour – at a cost of $100,000.

Stephen Paddock bet colossal sums by playing $125 a time hands at ‘ferocious’ speeds for eight-hour stints in casinos on The Strip and in Reno. Top video poker players told DailyMail.com that players like Paddock look like ‘stenographers’ on the machines because their fingers move so fast. They had seen Paddock at exclusive VIP tournaments in Las Vegas where he won and lost six-figure sums.

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Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock’s brother once threatened to kill a friend in California, TMZ reported. Bruce Paddock had been squatting in a San Fernando Valley home in 2014, when his friend Hector Cruz, the owner, accused him of tampering with machinery, the website reported. When Cruz confronted him, Paddock allegedly said, “If you keep f—— with me, I am going to kill you and drop you in the desert.” The 57-year-old Paddock also told Cruz, “Hit me like a man,” and punched his antagonist in one arm. “I am extremely afraid of Paddock, who has intimidated me by his violent character and destruction of my business office and my service bay,” Cruz said in court papers, according to the website.

Police have uncovered 47 firearms stashed across three locations by Stephen Paddock including within the hotel room, inside his home, and at another residence near Reno, Nevada. Investigators found 12 rifles with modified bump-stocks in the hotel room, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition. A bump-stock is a fairly simple modification that enables a semi-automatic weapon to replicate the firing speed of an automatic weapon.

American police say they have found no connection between Stephen Paddock and ISIS. Eric Paddock, the shooters brother, explained, “[Stephen] has no political affiliation, no religious affiliation, as far as we know. This wasn’t a terror attack.”

What does he mean it wasn’t a terror attack? Just because the attacker wasn’t an Islamist doesn’t mean it wasn’t a terror attack. Terrorists come in all shapes, sizes and races.

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The shooter’s girlfriend and roommate, Marilou Danley, has also been named as a person of interest in the FBI investigation. According to a spokesman for the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation, Danley arrived in the Philippines a few weeks before the massacre unfolded. The source added that “there was a wire transfer to her account for $100,000 from Stephen,” possibly suggesting that Danley had previous knowledge of the attack.

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Danley returned to the US on Tuesday for questioning. However, investigators have stated they do not believe she was involved in the crime.

Stephen Paddock, the accused shooter in the Las Vegas massacre, was reportedly prescribed an anti-anxiety drug in June, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The outlet reported the news after obtaining records from the Nevada Prescription Monitoring Program. The records show Paddock had been prescribed 50, 10-milligram diazepam tablets on June 21st. According to the outlet, the brand name for the drug is Valium and it is a sedative-hypnotic drug which can cause aggressive behavior when abused and trigger psychotic episodes. Those experiences are further amplified with alcohol.

A retired FBI profiler, Jim Clemente, said in an interview that investigators may be able to prove if Paddock had some kind of neurological disorder if his suicide did not destroy his brain.

Danley told investigators through her lawyer that she had no idea Paddock was like that or capable of doing something like that and looked forward to them living a quiet life together. On the other hand, she said she remembers him exhibiting symptoms such as lying in bed and moaning, according to two former FBI officials who have been briefed on the matter.

The other former official said Danley spoke about Paddock displaying “mental health symptoms.” But so far the FBI has not identified a clear motive, “said two FBI officials. And they do not believe Paddock’s mental health had deteriorated to a point that would have triggered him to commit such an act.

I don’t buy her answer for one minute. This is a woman was born and raised in the Philippines and later moved to Australia where her sister lives. She married two Americans and living with them at the same time before knowing Paddock. Paddock told her to put the money he sent down to her to buy a house with. Was he planning on moving there as an escape?

When Danley received a call from her brother informing her what Paddock had done and that the police wanted to speak with her she replied, “Don’t worry. I have a clear conscience and will take care of everything.”

Let’s parse this sentence. Tell him not “to worry” about what? What does her having “a clear conscience” mean? What does she mean by she will “take care of everything?”  Now when she appears with her lawyer she acted so surprised and shocked? Islam has a strong presence in the Philippines. Could it be she was a Muslim who radicalized him? There was lots of radical ANTIFA literature all over one of his houses and ANTIFA has aligned themselves with ISIS. Hence a possible ISIS connection by Paddock

So we’re supposed to believe that, a person who’s “not a gun guy” has either expended untold thousands of dollars to legally purchase fully-automatic weapons, somehow found them on the black market, or purchased and substantially modified multiple semi-automatic weapons — and did so with enough competence to create a sustained rate of fire. This same person also spent substantial sums purchasing just the right hotel room to maximize casualties. I cannot think of another mass murderer who went to this level of expense and planning in the entire history of the United States.   Paddock must have put in a lot of effort and expense for a guy who knows even less about guns than the Washington Post.

“Not an avid gun guy at all…where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background,” Paddocks brother said. Since then, we have learned that no automatic weapons were used, but instead, Paddock had used bump fire stocks to convert his semi-auto rifles to something approximating automatic rifles.

I recently found comments by men who identified themselves as former Marines and they felt that there had to be another shooter at the same time Paddock was firing:

Byron Searle • a day ago

I agree with Bob, I heard 2 distinct weapons systems going at the same time. The media is trying to say that it is the echo from the buildings. There had to be more than one shooter, I have fired those systems in my younger days and they were a handful then unless the shooter was Superman there is no way a 64-year-old accountant could handle that weapon on full auto for 10 minutes straight. Now they say he had 23 weapons up in his room with 400lbs of ammo, what did he pack mule all that weight up to the room in? This is too clean, had to be a false flag. My prayers go out to the families of the people wounded and killed, but I am afraid this will not be the end of it.

Bob Berberich • 2 days ago

A Vietnam Combat vet can tell a .223/ 5.56 from a .308/ .30 cal (7.62×39). You could hear both at the same time.The low slower rumble was the 30 and the higher pitch and more rapid was the .556. The 30 requires much more to hold the barrel down and maintain any aim at all as it wants to “climb up”. Why he used Armor piercing ammo is stupid or smart. The bullet would go completely through a body and maybe two or more. To just kill, hollow points would cause the most death, blood and mayhem. It’s goofy. They showed 30 round magazines on the floor still loaded. He should have used 100 round drums instead. Again Goofy.

Roy McMillan II  Bob Berberich • 2 days ago

Bob, I heard that weapons difference as soon as I watched one of the videos. As a Marine Infantryman, I have heard many “Talking Guns” at the range and you are dead on about hearing the difference between a .30 cal and .223 cal. This was skilled and trained shooters. This is not an unskilled, untrained retired accountant. I have fired tens of thousands of rounds, and I would not have been able to pull off a mission like this by myself. This required at least two shooters and I would expect a third person handing off and reloading weapons.

There are many plausible explanations for what was heard and seen especially considering that it was all recorded on cell phones and body cams. Sweeping a rifle will sound differently to those directly in front to those just out of the point-of-aim. Two different pitches would also be heard as the rifle’s report would be low and the sonic “crack” of the bullet as it flies past would make a higher-pitched tone. If you watch the videos you will hear sounds that many believe are bullets striking pavement. No, those are the bullet cracks – the sound the round makes as it creates a sonic boom and passes near the observer. Realize that the bullets are supersonic which means that you would hear the “crack” before the “boom” from the rifle’s report – things left out by the accounts above. It doesn’t mean that there weren’t multiple shooters, but facts are important if we want to get it right. Check out this video that demonstrates the “crack”. The shooting starts at around 3 minutes in and you can hear the high-pitched crack followed immediately by a lower-pitched report from the rifle which is a shot distance away. The further away the rifle is from the target,  the more the crack and boom would be separated.

I also find it strange how we have several pro-gun bills heading for a vote and a shooter goes after a member of Congress (Steve Scalise) causing bills to be delayed. Scalise recovered, returned to Congress and pro-gun bills come back up for consideration. Suddenly we have another massacre. The timing is suspect.

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About Jim Clayton

I am a retired former newspaper reporter and retail sales person. I'm a politically conservative easy going person from New Jersey. I am married to a wonderful wife and like talking and writing about movies,, concerts I attend and current events all which I write about here. I would enjoy hearing from anyone on my articles and they can write to me here.
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