by Dee McLachlan
Australian politicians are flooding the news with talk of strengthening terror laws, and bringing in mass facial recognition technology — “to keep us safe.” In the aftermath of the terrible Las Vegas tragedy, I hear almost no debate that this technology might be used in the future to discriminate against certain sectors of the population — whether this be against environmental protesters or parking violators.
With all this talk about making us safer, let us review some of the evidence and reports on the Stephen Paddock massacre. Is it possible that Stephen Paddock was an arms dealer — and the perfect pasty?
The ABC wrote this morning:
“The gunman responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history “meticulously” planned the event and spent decades acquiring weapons while living a secret life, Las Vegas police say… first shot was fired at 10:05pm… [and] lasted nine minutes.”
What Happened in Las Vegas?
59 people were killed and over 500 injured.
64 year-old Stephen Paddock sent his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, on a holiday to the Philippines — sending her $100,000 to buy a house. She was very much in love, and hoped that he was not breaking up with her. Devastated by the events, she says he was a kind, caring, and quiet man.
Paddock booked into the Mandalay Bay hotel using Danley’s ID — then later requested room 32135 — a room with a view. The MSM claim that he changed his room so that he could fire upon the festival goers. But, hang on. Paddock was a regular concert-goer. Maybe he just wanted a suite so he could experience the concert from the luxury of his hotel.
Why did the hotel let him check in with her name? Did he reject all room service during his four day stay? The regular concert-goer was gambling about $10,000 a day, but had recently boasted of a $250,000 poker windfall.
Eric Paddock, the shooter’s brother, told CBS News that Stephen was “not an avid gun guy at all… where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background or anything like that,” Even though Paddock has no military background, it feels like it was a military operation. There seems to have been extensive planning.
Is It in His Blood?
His father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was a well-known bank robber and on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list from 1969 to 1977. The question is: Did Paddock desire notoriety? E.g. Did he want to follow in his father’s footsteps? But he never knew his father.
If he was a patsy, it would make his actions much more convincing. There is natural reaction to believe that he’s just bad, and that it is in his blood.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility, and Antifa literature is found in the room. But Paddock has no on-line presence, so how would he have been indoctrinated?
There also seems to have been a note in the room. This will be disclosed at some point.
Why so many guns?
Authorities claim he owned 42 guns (in the hotel and at his home). He had to get 10 large suitcases, with 22 guns, to his hotel room. Is there surveillance of this? And twelve rifles in his hotel suite were outfitted with a “bump stock,” a device that enhances their ability to shoot more rounds. Is there a record of him practicing on the range, or re-building guns?
Why would Paddock risk taking so many weapons into the hotel? It would have increased the chances of being caught before the attack. Why did he not just use 2 or 3 of his trusty weapons? It would make sense if he was trading in guns.
However, the variety of weapons used demonstrates that “all these weapons” need to be under consideration by the anti-gun lobby. It adds weight to this argument.
He allegedly shot himself with the smallest weapon he had.
Gunfire Analysis Required
The sound track of the gunfire needs analysis. The gunfire has two distinct sounds mixed together — a high “clack” coupled with a lower “duu.” These sounds are not always together — so you hear some clacks, then clacks and duus together.
Were there two different weapons being shot in semi-unison? That what it sounds like.
The Mandalay Bay hotel is a stones throw away from the local airport. Was Paddock’s plane at the airport? This is an excellent and nearby escape route for any perpetrator. Is there a record of any planes leaving the airport after 10.30 pm that night?
Broken Windows, a Witness and a Service Cart
There are TWO windows busted on that floor – some distant apart. Why bust out two windows far apart with the same view? Did he run from one window to the other? I don’t think so.
When did the smoke detectors go off? Is there another door from his room through to an adjoining suite?
Witness Brianna Hendricks, who was at the concert, told Mail Online that 45 minutes before the shots were fired, a woman had been behaving strangely — and was telling people that they “all going to f***ing die.” She was escorted out of the venue. I first thought that this could have been his girlfriend, but it was not.
There were reports of two cameras outside the hotel room – one attached to a service cart. Would the cart not have been cleared away by staff that evening?
The Time Line
The gunfire was from 10.05 to around 10.14 – 10.19.
Let us review what CNN reported:
“A team of six officers that approached security… went up the elevators after discussing the situation with the security… they checked each floor by floor until they located where they believe to be the room”. A first responder radioed in: “I’m inside the Mandalay Bay on the 31st floor, I can hear automatic fire coming from one floor ahead… one floor above us and obtaining intelligence.” [that must have been just before 10.19 pm] “Subsequently they approached the room, received gunfire, they backed off and SWAT responded…” [at 11.20 pm]
A guard was shot through the door. There is very little reporting on this. I remember hearing a statement that he was shot when Paddock was still shooting, but have not been able to find that report. Were festival goers being shot outside while the guard was being shot inside the passage? What time was the guard shot?
And did the fire alarms not identify the room during the shooting? This is what one police officer said.
The Silent Hour
There is a one hour DELAY –– an hour of “down-time” after Paddock stopped shooting. What was happening during this period, between 10.19 and 11.20 p.m?
At 11.00 p.m, a Police scanner details multiple shooters at other Strip hotels. The reports are later proved false. Was this the typical false flag diversion (like the Port Arthur drug bust)?
After the first responder reporter the location of the gunfire on floor 32, who was in the passageway over the duration of the next hour? It was only at 11.20 pm that police “swarm[ed] the 32nd floor room where the shooter was holed up, or dead inside.” The SWAT team entered to find the that Paddock had committed suicide.
Why did Paddock stop shooting? Did he run out of ammo? If the troops did not enter, why did Paddock not keep shooting?
Did Paddock wait until the SWAT team attacked before killing himself, or was Paddock already dead shortly after 10.20 p.m? Did they hear the shot before entering? At what time did the final shot ring out? Is there a chance that Paddock was assassinated in this “silent hour”? What is the coroner’s estimated time of death for Paddock?
Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid
If he had the desire to shoot so many the people (at the festival) in a vengeful action — why would he not wait and shoot shoot at the responders in the passage of the hotel? Maybe Paddock was struck with remorse, and killed himself before the SWAT team entered — but why?
I would have thought that with such an impressive collection of guns, he might have been motivated to do a “Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid” and show-off his huge arsenal of weapons — and go down blazing. He could have held off the SWAT team for hours.
Paddock’s motive is unclear.
Two Possibilities — Both Feasible
1 – Paddock was a psychologically disturbed killer.
The MSM tells us that Stephen Paddock had meticulously planned his vengeful attack on the festival goers for some time. He had secretly modified his vast array of weapons, sent his loving girlfriend away and prepared for the slaughter. He changed his room, so that he could get a good vantage point for the shooting. He waited patiently for four days, then set up surveillance in the passage. For just over ten minutes he then murdered as many people as he could. He saw a guard on his surveillance video — so shot him through the door. He must have then waited for almost an hour — then shooting himself just before the SWAT team entered.
2 – Paddock (the arms dealer) was a patsy — for gun control.
Having a father with a criminal history is a bonus. It will make people believe he had bad blood running through his veins — even though his foreign girlfriend says he was kind and caring. But we are unable to assess Paddock’s mental state, as he had no on-line footprint. All we know is that he was a gun collector and regular gambler. Was Paddock an arms dealer? (See this report) It would explain the many dollars he earned and that he was gambling to “clean” this income. He thus would have been easily persuaded to bring some of his guns and show them off to someone (for whatever reason) in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay hotel. And as a regular festival goer, he might have changed his room to experience the festival (for free).
There is the possibility that in the early evening two shooters entered his hotel room with ammunition — and killed him before 10 p.m. They would have used the smallest gun on him, so as not to draw any attention. They then broke out two windows and fired in unison on the crowds below (matching the soundtrack of the gunfire). One would have kept watch on the temporary cameras stationed in the passage. An unexpected guard arrives — and is shot through the door. With the surveillance cameras, they would have been able to evacuate the room safely, and get off floor 32.
There is an hour hesitation and confusion, more than enough time to get to the airport and leave Las Vegas by the time the SWAT team enter the hotel room to find Paddock dead.