As investigators desperately search for a motive in last week’s Las Vegas massacre, multiple sources say that police now believe shooter Stephen Paddock had undiagnosed mental illness, as reported by ABC News.
The FBI is alleged to have interviewed hundreds of people who knew the killer and their consensus is that he was a deeply troubled man with unusual habits and problems connecting with other people. One source even said that he exhibited a host of antisocial characteristics that are normally associated with mass shooters.
ABC News also says that investigators are focused on the period between September 2016 and October 2016, in which he began stockpiling rifles and amping up his gambling habits.
The multi-millionaire stayed up all night gambling and slept throughout the day, avoiding human contact, according to CNN. Paddock is also said to have carried his own drinks into the high rollers’ area as an attempt to avoid tipping the waitresses.
In a 2011 court deposition obtained by CNN, Paddock also confirmed that he had a doctor on retainer who prescribed him Valium whenever he wanted.
“He’s like on retainer, I call it, I guess,” Paddock said of Dr. Winkler. “It means I pay a fee yearly … I have good access to him.”
The deposition was filed as part of a 2011 lawsuit in which the mass murderer sued a hotel after slipping on a walkway in 2011.
He was also known to open bottles of alcohol in his hotel rooms and leave them filled to capacity.
“I would open all sorts of things,” he said. “And if you aren’t comped at casinos, you wouldn’t understand.”
Paddock described himself as the “biggest video poker player in the world,” telling the court that he gambled more than a million dollars each night.
As previously reported by CrimeOnline, a prostitute recently told authorities that he told her of his “dark and twisted side,” saying he would pay her to engage in violent rape fantasies.
“When he would have a winning streak we would go back and have really aggressive and violent sex,” she said, also claiming he told her that he was “born bad.”
On the night of October 1, Stephen Paddock killed 59 people and injured hundreds more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
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