Killer showed signs of men­tal ill­ness

The Sunday Times - - MASSACRE IN VEGAS - PETER MITCHELL

MAR­ILOU Dan­ley says her boyfriend dis­played signs of men­tal health is­sues and would moan and scream, “Oh, my God” in his sleep ahead of his sniper at­tack on con­cert go­ers in Las Ve­gas, ac­cord­ing to two for­mer FBI of­fi­cials.

Ms Dan­ley, an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen, was in­ter­viewed by FBI agents in Los An­ge­les on Wed­nes­day about mass killer Stephen Pad­dock.

“She said he would lie in bed, just moan­ing and scream­ing ‘Oh, my God’,” a for­mer FBI of­fi­cial said.

Ms Dan­ley, pic­tured, also spoke about Pad­dock dis­play­ing “men­tal health symp­toms”, ac­cord­ing to the other for­mer FBI of­fi­cial.

The FBI, Las Ve­gas Po­lice and other agen­cies, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian law en­force­ment, are work­ing to un­earth why Pad­dock metic­u­lously planned Sun­day’s at­tack from a lux­ury suite in the Man­dalay Bay ho­tel.

No clear mo­tive for the ac­tions of the 64-year-old pro­fes­sional gam­bler and prop­erty in­vestor, who stock­piled a big quan­tity of guns and ex­plo­sives over the past 12 months, has yet been iden­ti­fied. In­ves­ti­ga­tors do not be­lieve Pad­dock’s men­tal health had de­te­ri­o­rated to a point that it trig­gered his hor­rific shoot­ing spree. Pad­dock had re­port­edly been pre­scribed an­tianx­i­ety med­i­ca­tion Val­ium.

Ms Dan­ley, a 62-year-old Philip­pines-born grand­mother who worked as a high-limit host­ess at Reno, Ne­vada’s At­lantis casino, was in her home­land when Pad­dock launched the at­tack. She flew to LA on Tues­day and in a state­ment re­leased by her lawyer af­ter the FBI in­ter­view said Pad­dock “never said any­thing to me or took any ac­tion that I was aware of that I un­der­stood in any way to be a warn­ing some­thing hor­ri­ble like this was go­ing to hap­pen”.

Ms Dan­ley claimed Pad­dock sur­prised her with a cheap air ticket a fort­night ear­lier to fly to the Philip­pines to visit fam­ily and wired her money — re­port­edly $US100,000 — to buy a house in the Philip­pines. She thought he was break­ing up with her.

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