The saga of the October 1st mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada is far from over, as authorities continue to meander toward a conclusion in the case.
Americans, for their part, have been highly unsatisfied with the answers coming out of Nevada over the course of the last 4 months, after Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country music festival’s enormous crowd 32 floors below his Mandalay Bay suite.
Paddock was not your average mass murderer by any stretch of the imagination. A retired multimillionaire who dabbled in real estate investing and was a proficient gambler, Paddock’s crime and subsequent death at the scene left us with very few clues as to the madman’s motive. While ISIS was quick to claim him as one of their own, the FBI does not believe that Paddock had any affiliation with the radical Islamic terror group.
Furthermore, Paddock left behind no trace of what could have inspired him. No note. No manifesto. No hard drive in his laptop. (Oddly, authorities now claim to have recovered child pornography from this device months later, and only after Paddock’s brother was arrested for similar images).
This, of course, led armchair internet investigators down a rabbit hole, as they attempted to put together the odd pieces for themselves.
Now, these conspiracy theorists will have a whole new revelation to revere, as Las Vegas authorities have now released the names of other “persons of interest” in the case.
“A judge on Tuesday unsealed nearly 300 pages of search warrant records, including one document that publicly identified for the first time an additional ‘person of interest’ in the Oct. 1 massacre on the Las Vegas Strip.
“’Until the investigation can rule otherwise, Marilou Danley and Douglas Haig have become persons of interest who may have conspired with Stephen Paddock to commit Murder with a Deadly Weapon,’ according to the Metropolitan Police Department document, which was prepared in October.
“Danley was Paddock’s girlfriend and initially was named as a person of interest in the investigation. Haig, whose name had not been previously released, could not be reached for immediate comment Tuesday.
“When contacted by phone Tuesday about the newly released name, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said only, ‘If you’ve got it, publish it.’ He said he could not comment on a federal case.”
Danley’s involvement was a point of contention for many, as the girlfriend of Paddock was essentially sent away to the Philippines just days before the massacre took place. Additionally, Paddock has sent $100,000 to Danley while she was abroad, fueling even more speculation as to her possible involvement.
As of this writing, Douglas Haig has not been reached for comment.