Authorities are continuing to struggle in finding a true motive for Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, and the investigation has taken some awfully strange turns.
Of course, we must be wary of conspiracy theorists and journalists who are clearly carrying a large burden of agenda with them, particularly those with heavy opinions on American gun rights.
During yesterday’s news cycle, a great many fringe bloggers and internet troublemakers began fleshing out their own theory regarding the possibility of a second shooter during the lengthy rampage that Paddock orchestrated. In this day and age of smartphones and the connectivity of the internet, it took very little time for multiple videos from a plethora of sources and angles to be published, providing us a glimpse of the horror of that night.
This has predictably led to a number of armchair investigators on 4Chan and Reddit poring over every minute detail of these often shaky and illegible videos, hoping to somehow bolster their own theories on what exactly happened on Sunday night. The most prevalent and pervasive fringe hypothesis that is currently making the rounds involves the audio from a video, shot by a taxi cab driver stationed at Mandalay Bay during the nightmarish onslaught, in which loud gunshots and echoes can be heard distinctly. Those who have analyzed the video through their own conspiracy-tinted glasses have been arguing for days over the reverberations, echoes, and building shapes that may have contributed to the eerie sounds emanating from the evidence.
Now, to add fuel to the fire, InfoWars is releasing a supposed room service bill, attributed to Paddock, that shows that he was ordering for two in the days leading up to his massacre.
“An image posted on Facebook by a man who claims he served Stephen Paddock room service shows that the gunman was with a guest during his time at the Mandalay Bay hotel four days before the massacre took place.
“The receipt shows an employee named Antonio served two guests an ‘IRD_MB,’ which means ‘In Room Dining, Mandalay Bay.’
“The table number is ‘32135’ – which equates to Paddock’s room number (135) on the 32nd floor.
“Paddock ordered a burger, a bagel with cream cheese, a potato soup, one bottle of water and two Pepsis, suggesting that there was another person eating with him in the room. The receipt shows the number ‘2’ next to the word ‘Guests’.”
Furthermore, the receipt’s date, along with eyewitness testimony of this particular insider, indicates that Paddock had been a guest at the hotel for at least three days before authorities are claiming that he checked in.
Once again, we must temper this purported evidence with the fact that everyone in the nation is looking for answers in this senseless tragedy. Conspiracy theories, by their nature, provide questions to answers that we already know, allowing for a great deal of hyperbolic hullabaloo in their interpretation.
If, and this is a big if, Stephen Paddock had been at the Mandalay Bay for an extended visit and had a guest in the room, there could be a much greater mystery forthcoming in this investigation.