As the investigation into the Las Vegas massacre continues to unravel, leaving more questions than answers about the enigmatic shooter, Stephen Paddock, many theories have been posited about Paddock’s motives and affiliations with unsavory actors bent on causing harm to our country.
The latest interpretation of Paddock’s shadowy past may signal a new turn in the investigation and could bring us one step closer to resolving this horrendous tragedy:
From Biz Pac Review:
Reports on Stephen Paddock are painting a picture of a man who was an avid gambler and, as investigators have now learned, took 20 cruises to countries in Europe and the Middle East.
The cruises included stops at ports in Spain, Italy, Greece, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, according to information provided by a law enforcement source who asked not to be identified because the source was not authorized to share information about the investigation. Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, accompanied him on nine of the cruises.
The information provided by the source did not specify the cruise line involved, the type of cruises, when they occurred or the couple’s reason for travel. Most cruise ships have casinos on board, and Paddock was an avid gambler.
Paddock’s global escapades may be the missing link in corroborating the Islamic State’s unrelenting claim that Paddock was recruited and radicalized by the terror organization. ISIS surely is spending considerable propaganda capital to claim ownership of this tragedy and spread further fear and uncertainty here at home:
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) October 5, 2017
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) October 5, 2017
Even if a purported connection to the Islamic State amounts to nothing at the end of the day, Paddock’s acquisition of Tannerite, a substance used in creating powerful homemade explosive bombs, and ammonium nitrate, a highly incendiary compound with destructive capabilities, has added a new alarming wrinkle to the investigation.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 7, 2017
The twists and turns in this investigation have yielded a plethora of viable theories that hopefully will lead investigators in the right direction. This is truly a matter of connecting the dots, dotting all “i’s” and crossing all the “t’s.” For those who perished on that fateful day and their loved ones, let’s hope that day comes soon.
[Note: This article was written by Zachary Smith]