The Las Vegas Massacre – One Year Later Questions Still Remain

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Today is an anniversary which no one will celebrate.

The Los Angeles Times reports that

Marquees at resorts along the Las Vegas Strip will go dark Monday at about the time a year ago when a gunman began a shooting rampage that left 58 people dead and hundreds more injured.

As locals and visitors alike remember the massacre, two new memorials serve as vivid, tangible tributes to the 58 people who died.

Work has been underway at the Community Healing Garden in downtown Las Vegas, transforming a temporary memorial into a permanent remembrance.

The garden, quickly created in the aftermath of the shooting, is now enhanced with features such as a large pair of angel’s wings. The initials of all the victims have been etched into the stone. 
 
What began as a local landscaper’s tribute to those who died has been further developed in recent days.

Placed amid 58 trees planted last October, a compelling message is etched into a rock-and-wood memorial containing photos of many of the victims.

“October 1, 2017 changed Las Vegas forever,” it begins. “This time, we are a community pushed back with a very deliberate act …. Together we planted a garden not only of trees and flowers, but we planted a garden of love, hope and compassion.”

The garden, at 1015 S. Casino Center Blvd., will be dedicated Monday at 6:30 p.m.
 
Marquees along the Strip will go dark at 10:01 p.m. in a tribute that will last several minutes. The iconic signs also went dark on Oct 8, 2017, one week following the horrific tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

At 10:05 p.m., the time at which the first shots rang out, the names of the 58 victims will be read at the Community Healing Garden.

The Las Vegas Police formally closed their investigation of the Las Vegas Massacre at the beginning of August.

However, this old college radio news director still believes that there is something awfully fishy about the closing of the investigation of the Las Vegas Massacre.

There were all sorts of leads out there in the beginning of the investigation.

For instance, Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was a “person of interest”.

According to Fox News

Danley’s LinkedIn profile reportedly listed her as working as a “high limit hostess” at Atlantis Casino in Reno between 2010 and 2013. The casino told the Reno Gazette-Journal it was cooperating in the investigation.

An Australian newspaper, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail, reported Monday that Danley was an “Australian citizen originally from the Philippines.”

The newspaper said they believe she left the home she shared with Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada, around two weeks ago to head to the Philippines.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said American authorities contacted the country after the shooting for help trying to track down Danley.

“They did make inquiries of our authorities about her whereabouts, but she is no longer a person of interest,” Bishop told Channel Seven, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Danley’s now-deleted Facebook page identified her as a “proud mom and grandma who lives life to the fullest.”

She previously was married to Arkansas resident Geary Danley, until the pair divorced in 2015.

A person listed as her witness in the divorce records insisted Danley isn’t connected with Paddock’s behavior.

“She had nothing to do with this psycho,” the man, who was not identified, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “The poor lady, she is in the Philippines visiting family.”

Authorities have said Paddock has no links to international terrorist groups, despite ISIS claiming him as “a soldier” who converted to Islam months ago, The Associated Press reported.

As I was gathering information after the massacre, the words “radicalization” and “The Philippines” piqued my curiosity.

On June 15, 2017, in an op-ed titled “How ISIS Grew in the Philippines”, The New York Times’ Editorial Board wrote that…

While President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines was bragging about his brutal war on drugs, the Islamic State was consolidating its sway over Islamist rebel groups on the island of Mindanao. The extent to which ISIS has succeeded is now alarmingly evident, as a pitched battle between Philippine troops and Islamist militants for control of the largely Muslim city of Marawi enters its fourth week.

With the presence of foreign fighters, including Malaysians and Indonesians, who are working alongside militant leaders with strong ties to ISIS, Mr. Duterte has a serious problem on his hands that threatens the security of the entire region.

The news on Wednesday that, in addition to American military advisers and intelligence assistance, United States troops are now on the ground in Marawi raises the stakes. Mr. Duterte, who has threatened to eject American forces from his country, said Sunday that he was unaware of the presence of military assistance in Marawi. In fact, the Pentagon has no permanent presence in the Philippines, but for years has kept 50 to 100 Special Forces troops in the south of the country on rotational exercises. Despite Mr. Duterte’s hostility to America, his army has close ties to the Pentagon, values its help against the extremists and has resisted Mr. Duterte’s efforts to expel the Americans.

Let’s look at three facts, and, just for a moment, take them at face value, boys and girls.

  1. Marilou Danley was originally from the Philippines. ISIS and the Deterte Government are presently locked in a battle for the sovereignty of the Philippines.
  2. The Las Vegas Shooter, Stephen Paddock, had been sending copious amounts of money overseas, including $100,000 shortly before that fateful night. And, a photo of he and Ms. Danley sitting with another woman in the Philippines surfaced shortly after the massacre.
  3. As I stated earlier, Marilou Danley was a “Person of Interest” early in the investigation while Paddock was being investigated for possible Islamic Radicalization.

The additional facts that came out concerning the meticulous planning required to stage Paddock’s perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel are as follows:

It was something that required time, effort, and coordination. It was not something that could have been accomplished shortly after a “psychotic break”. This was not a spur-of-the-moment action.

Paddock was a millionaire. He had the monetary means to gather every bit of the firearms found in his perch.

He was an accountant, a job which requires you to be meticulous.

His girlfriend was from an area of the world which is in the process of losing its cultural identity and land masses to the Radical Islamists of ISIS.

Now, I may be way off base, but there is so much that we do not know compared to what we do know.

Like you and millions of others, I am still just trying to make sense of the brutal, senseless massacre. which occurred on that fateful Sunday night in Las Vegas.

The conclusions of the investigation simply do not match the intricacy of the meticulous planning, and the physical set up of the crime scene, which was highlighted by two gun platforms.

There are too many questions left unanswered.

Of course, Stephen Paddock could have just been an out-of-control grieving Hillary Supporter or a Far Left Member of Antifa.

But, then again…

Until He Comes,

KJ

Las Vegas Police End Massacre Investigation With “No Motive” – May I Suggest One?

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The day after  the Las Vegas Massacre, there were a lot of conjectures out there as to the  motive of Mass Murderer Stephen Paddock.

Some claimed that he converted to Radical Islam.

Others claimed that he was driven mad due to enormous losses at Video Poker.

Some claimed that he was apolitical, even though his rapidly taken down Facebook Page showed him to be a supporter of Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton and that he hated Donald J. Trump…which was something that never saw the light of day in ANY of the newscasts about the horrific massacre.

And, now, some 10 months later, it appears that we may never know why he killed his fellow Americans.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that

Las Vegas police have concluded their investigation into the Oct. 1 shooting with no clear idea of why the gunman murdered 58 people and wounded hundreds more.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo released the Metropolitan Police Department’s final report on Friday but said investigators were not able to determine a motive for the deadliest random shooting in U.S. history.

“What we have been able to answer are the questions of who, what, when, where and how,” Lombardo said at a news briefing. “What we have not been able to definitively answer is the ‘why’ Stephen Paddock committed this act.”

Paddock, 64, opened fire with high-powered rifles on concertgoers attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay resort shortly after 10 p.m. He fitted the rifles with devices known as bump stocks so they would fire sustained bursts like automatic weapons.

The final report includes the most complete tally yet of those killed and wounded. Investigators identified 869 people with documented physical injuries, including 413 wounded by bullets or shrapnel. Thirty-one people died at the scene and another 27 were pronounced dead at area hospitals.

Paddock also fired several individual rounds at jet fuel tanks on the west side of McCarran International Airport, striking and penetrating one of the tanks but causing no fire or explosion.

The attack ended when he killed himself with a gunshot to the head.

Paddock acted alone, left no suicide note or manifesto, and police found no evidence that he belonged to or supported any hate group or terrorist organization, domestic or foreign. He had no criminal record, and financially, he was indebted to no one, the investigation found.

Lombardo said Paddock showed evidence of a “diminished mental state” in recent years but had not been diagnosed with or treated for mental illness.

“An interview with his doctor indicated signs of a troubled mind but no troubling behavior that would trigger a call to law enforcement,” the sheriff said.

Police did not release the name of the Las Vegas doctor who was interviewed by the FBI and who turned over Paddock’s medical records in response to a federal grand jury subpoena.

According to the report, the doctor described Paddock as odd and almost emotionless and thought he might have bipolar disorder. He said Paddock seemed fearful of medications and refused to take antidepressant drugs, though he did accept prescriptions for anti-anxiety medicine.

Those drugs were found in his system during his autopsy. A separate examination of his brain done at Stanford University found no major abnormalities.

“In reference to the 2,000 investigated leads, 22,000 hours of video, 252,000 images obtained and approximately 1,000 served legal processes, nothing was found to indicate motive on the part of Paddock or that he acted with anyone else,” the report states.

…Lombardo said the FBI’s Behavior Analysis Unit is expected to release its detailed review of Paddock’s “psychopathology” by the end of the year.

Sgt. Jerry MacDonald, who helped lead Metro’s investigation, said he doesn’t expect that report to reveal a motive either, but “it might be the closest we get.”

As far as Metro is concerned, the investigation is complete “unless new information comes to light,” Lombardo said.

The sheriff said he is looking forward to forgetting all about Stephen Paddock.

“It was very hard for me to even mention his name today. I don’t want to remember this individual,” Lombardo said. “I will remember the act and the victims, but I will not remember the suspect.”

There is something awfully fishy about the closing of the investigation of the Las Vegas Massacre.

There were all sorts of leads out there in the beginning of the investigation.

For instance, Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was a “person of interest”.

According to Fox News

Danley’s LinkedIn profile reportedly listed her as working as a “high limit hostess” at Atlantis Casino in Reno between 2010 and 2013. The casino told the Reno Gazette-Journal it was cooperating in the investigation.

An Australian newspaper, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail, reported Monday that Danley was an “Australian citizen originally from the Philippines.”

The newspaper said they believe she left the home she shared with Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada, around two weeks ago to head to the Philippines.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said American authorities contacted the country after the shooting for help trying to track down Danley.

“They did make inquiries of our authorities about her whereabouts, but she is no longer a person of interest,” Bishop told Channel Seven, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Danley’s now-deleted Facebook page identified her as a “proud mom and grandma who lives life to the fullest.”

She previously was married to Arkansas resident Geary Danley, until the pair divorced in 2015.

A person listed as her witness in the divorce records insisted Danley isn’t connected with Paddock’s behavior.

“She had nothing to do with this psycho,” the man, who was not identified, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “The poor lady, she is in the Philippines visiting family.”

Authorities have said Paddock has no links to international terrorist groups, despite ISIS claiming him as “a soldier” who converted to Islam months ago, The Associated Press reported.

As I was gathering information after the massacre, the words “radicalization” and “The Philippines” piqued my curiosity.

On June 15, 2017, in an op-ed titled “How ISIS Grew in the Philippines”, The New York Times’ Editorial Board wrote that…

While President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines was bragging about his brutal war on drugs, the Islamic State was consolidating its sway over Islamist rebel groups on the island of Mindanao. The extent to which ISIS has succeeded is now alarmingly evident, as a pitched battle between Philippine troops and Islamist militants for control of the largely Muslim city of Marawi enters its fourth week.

With the presence of foreign fighters, including Malaysians and Indonesians, who are working alongside militant leaders with strong ties to ISIS, Mr. Duterte has a serious problem on his hands that threatens the security of the entire region.

The news on Wednesday that, in addition to American military advisers and intelligence assistance, United States troops are now on the ground in Marawi raises the stakes. Mr. Duterte, who has threatened to eject American forces from his country, said Sunday that he was unaware of the presence of military assistance in Marawi. In fact, the Pentagon has no permanent presence in the Philippines, but for years has kept 50 to 100 Special Forces troops in the south of the country on rotational exercises. Despite Mr. Duterte’s hostility to America, his army has close ties to the Pentagon, values its help against the extremists and has resisted Mr. Duterte’s efforts to expel the Americans.

Let’s look at three facts, and, just for a moment, take them at face value, boys and girls.

  1. Marilou Danley was originally from the Philippines. ISIS and the Deterte Government are presently locked in a battle for the sovereignty of the Philippines.
  2. The Las Vegas Shooter, Stephen Paddock had been sending copious amounts of money overseas, including $100,000 shortly before that fateful night. And, a photo of he and Ms. Danley sitting with another woman in the Philippines surfaced shortly after the massacre.
  3. As I stated earlier, Marilou Danley was a “Person of Interest” early in the investigation while Paddock was being investigated for possible Islamic Radicalization.

The additional facts that came out concerning the meticulous planning required to stage Paddock’s perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel are as follows:

It was something that required time, effort, and coordination. It was not something that could have been accomplished shortly after a “psychotic break”. This was not a spur-of-the-moment action.

Paddock was a millionaire. He had the monetary means to gather every bit of the firearms found in his perch.

He was an accountant, a job which requires you to be meticulous.

His girlfriend was from an area of the world which is in the process of losing its cultural identity and land masses to the Radical Islamists of ISIS.

Now, I may be way off base, but there is so much that we do not know compared to what we do know.

Like you and millions of others, I am still just trying to make sense of the brutal, senseless massacre. which occurred on that fateful Sunday night in Las Vegas.

The conclusions of the investigation simply do not match the intricacy of the meticulous planning, and the physical set up of the crime scene, which was highlighted by two gun platforms.

There are too many questions left unanswered.

Of course, Stephen Paddock could have just been an out-of-control grieving Hillary Supporter or a Far Left Member of Antifa.

But, then again…

Until He Comes,

KJ

Are There Ties Between Paddock and ISIS in the Philippines? Was Paddock Radicalized by His Filipino Girlfriend? – A KJ Analysis

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The search for the motivation behind the senseless massacre last Sunday Night in Las Vegas, Nevada by millionaire Stephen Paddock continues.

The Guardian reports that…

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend is “a person of interest” in the criminal investigation into America’s worst mass shooting, police said on Tuesday.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of Clark County said detectives are in contact with Marilou Danley, who was travelling in the Philippines at the time of the massacre and remains there. “The investigation with her is ongoing and we anticipate some further information from her shortly,” he told reporters. “Currently she is a person of interest.”

Lombardo declined to comment on an NBC news report that 64-year-old Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines some time in the week before the attack.

Paddock opened fire from the windows of his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 59 people – all but three of whom have been identified – and injuring more than 500 at a country music festival. Police stormed his room and found he had killed himself.

Lombardo said the first report to police came at 10.08pm and Paddock continued to fire for nine minutes. The sheriff also told a press conference Paddock had set up cameras inside and outside his room, including one on a food service trolley. “I anticipate he was looking for anybody coming to take him into custody,” he said.

The evidence offers an insight into Paddock’s careful planning of the shooting. Lombardo said: “I’m pretty sure he evaluated everything that he did in his actions, which is troubling.”

Police have said they found 23 guns in Paddock’s room at the hotel. The sheriff added: “We are aware of a device called a bump stock that enables an individual to speed up the discharge of ammunition.” Bump stocks can be used to modify guns and make them fire as if they were fully automatic.

Bump stocks were a novelty popular with YouTube gun enthusiasts wanting to simulate machine gun fire. Then they were found in a mass shooter’s arsenal
 
He also said authorities had completed their investigation at the gunman’s property in Reno, finding five handguns, two shotguns and a “plethora” of ammunition.

Paddock’s motive remains unknown. “This person may have radicalized, unbeknownst to us, and we want to identify that source.”

The sheriff said the number of people injured would go down slightly because of some double counting. “We also had very heroic acts of people attending the event … Citizens providing medical aid and transport for people to get to the hospital.”

Lombardo added: “It’s an ongoing investigation and when I say I don’t know, I may know … I assure you this investigation is not ended with the demise of Mr Paddock.”

According to Fox News

Danley’s LinkedIn profile reportedly listed her as working as a “high limit hostess” at Atlantis Casino in Reno between 2010 and 2013. The casino told the Reno Gazette-Journal it was cooperating in the investigation.

An Australian newspaper, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail, reported Monday that Danley was an “Australian citizen originally from the Philippines.”

The newspaper said they believe she left the home she shared with Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada, around two weeks ago to head to the Philippines.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said American authorities contacted the country after the shooting for help trying to track down Danley.

“They did make inquiries of our authorities about her whereabouts, but she is no longer a person of interest,” Bishop told Channel Seven, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Danley’s now-deleted Facebook page identified her as a “proud mom and grandma who lives life to the fullest.”

She previously was married to Arkansas resident Geary Danley, until the pair divorced in 2015.

A person listed as her witness in the divorce records insisted Danley isn’t connected with Paddock’s behavior.

“She had nothing to do with this psycho,” the man, who was not identified, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “The poor lady, she is in the Philippines visiting family.”

Authorities have said Paddock has no links to international terrorist groups, despite ISIS claiming him as “a soldier” who converted to Islam months ago, The Associated Press reported.

As I was gathering information for today’s post, the words “radicalization” and “The Philippines” piqued my curiosity.

On June 15, 2017, in an op-ed titled “How ISIS Grew in the Philippines”, The New York Times’ Editorial Board wrote that…

While President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines was bragging about his brutal war on drugs, the Islamic State was consolidating its sway over Islamist rebel groups on the island of Mindanao. The extent to which ISIS has succeeded is now alarmingly evident, as a pitched battle between Philippine troops and Islamist militants for control of the largely Muslim city of Marawi enters its fourth week.

With the presence of foreign fighters, including Malaysians and Indonesians, who are working alongside militant leaders with strong ties to ISIS, Mr. Duterte has a serious problem on his hands that threatens the security of the entire region.

The news on Wednesday that, in addition to American military advisers and intelligence assistance, United States troops are now on the ground in Marawi raises the stakes. Mr. Duterte, who has threatened to eject American forces from his country, said Sunday that he was unaware of the presence of military assistance in Marawi. In fact, the Pentagon has no permanent presence in the Philippines, but for years has kept 50 to 100 Special Forces troops in the south of the country on rotational exercises. Despite Mr. Duterte’s hostility to America, his army has close ties to the Pentagon, values its help against the extremists and has resisted Mr. Duterte’s efforts to expel the Americans.

Let’s look at three facts, and, just for a moment, take them at face value, boys and girls.

  1. Marilou Danley is originally from the Philippines. ISIS and the Deterte Government are presently locked in a battle for the sovereignty of the Philippines.
  2. The Las Vegas Shooter, Stephen Paddock has been sending copious amounts of money overseas, including $100,000 recently. And, a photo of he and Ms. Danley sitting with another woman in the Philippines has surfaced.
  3. Marilou Danley is now a “Person of Interest” while Paddock is being investigated for possible Islamic Radicalization leading to the worst mass shooting in American History.

The additional facts that we know, concerning the meticulous planning required to stage Paddock’s perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel are as follows:

It was something that required time, effort, and coordination. It was not something that could have been accomplished shortly after a “psychotic break”. This was not a spur-of-the-moment action.

Paddock was a millionaire. He had the monetary means to gather every bit of the firearms found in his perch.

He was an accountant, a job which requires you to be meticulous.

His girlfriend is from an area of the world which is in the process of losing its cultural identity and land masses to the Radical Islamists of ISIS.

Now, I may be way off base, but there is so much that we do not know compared to what we do know.

Like you and millions of others, I am just trying to make sense of Sunday Night’s brutal, senseless massacre.

Of course, Stephen Paddock could have just been an out-of-control grieving Hillary Supporter or a Far Left Member of Antifa.

But, then again…

Until He Comes,

KJ