As the conspiracy theories and wild goose chases continue in regard to the Las Vegas massacre of last weekend, one peculiar piece of information had long been missing.
Once the gruesome crime scene photos were leaked to the public, armchair investigators began to pore every every nook and cranny of the two-dimensional surroundings of Stephen Paddock; the man thought to be responsible for 58 deaths and 500+ injuries after opening fire on a crowd of twenty thousand country music fans.
These “weaponized autists” on the internet, as some pundits have come to call them, have been crowdsourcing their information and using a pseudo-peer review system via various message boards on websites such as 4Chan and Reddit. In the past, these long, winding, freeform thoughts have led the hive mind into some terribly dark places. Particularly in the case of Reddit, whose users falsely accused an innocent man in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing just years ago.
These civilian intelligence “agents” have been clamoring for information in the peculiar case of Stephen Paddock for a week now, with one very particular question in mind when it comes to the leaked crime scene photos: What was written on the note paper photographed sitting on a table in the background of one of the shots?
Now, police have revealed what Stephen Paddock had written on that infamous stationary.
“A note found in the hotel room of the man who shot into a crowd from his perch in a Las Vegas high-rise included hand-written calculations about where he needed to aim to maximize his accuracy and kill as many people as possible.
“In an interview airing Sunday on ’60 Minutes,’ three police officers who stormed Stephen Paddock’s hotel room in the Mandalay Bay hotel tell correspondent Bill Whitaker new details about the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The officers were the first to see Paddock’s body and the arsenal of weapons and ammunition he had stockpiled.
“Officer Dave Newton from the Las Vegas Police Department’s K-9 unit said he noticed a note on the shooter’s nightstand once officers breached the room. He said the note was located near one of the windows that Paddock had smashed with a hammer to fire onto the crowd below with high-powered semi-automatic rifles outfitted to increase their rate of fire.
“‘I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was gonna be for the crowd,’ Newton said. ‘So he had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there.'”
This chilling revelation lends an entirely new air of evil to the ongoing investigation into what is considered the most destructive mass shooting in U.S. history.
In his final minutes, Stephen Paddock was not concerned about leaving behind any legacy outside of the one that this actions would stain our society with. Instead, Paddock went the extra mile to ensure that his massacre would be as successful as possible.