Immortalized by infamy
What is the motive for the mass-murder that took place on Oct. 1, in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States? The surviving victims and public are asking why this terrible tragedy took place at the conclusion of a three-day open-air Country Music Festival.
Many would like to know the motive for the worst mass-murder in modern American history. However, a week after the tragedy, police have not acknowledged a motive.
The FBI immediately dismissed international terrorism as a possible motive. This was also confirmed by the shooter’s younger brother. He said that his wealthy, 64-year old brother, Steven Paddock, was a retired accountant and real-estate investor. The brother was emphatic that Paddock had no political or religious connections and was not a white supremacist, etc. Therefore, this eliminates some possible components of what is often characteristic of “domestic terrorism.”
So, what was the motive? Since the days of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, what has been the most important method of determining the solution to a murder mystery? Isn’t the answer, “When all other possibilities have been eliminated, the obvious answer becomes visible”?
Isn’t that obvious motive a type of “copycat” crime? It is connected with the father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, who was an escaped prison convict on the run when Paddock was a teenage boy. Instead of being ashamed of the father’s criminality, the younger brother is proud of the fact that their father had been on the FBI’s most wanted list. This indicates a lack of respect for the laws of God and man which lies at the foundation for all criminal activity.
This lawless attitude is shown in the interview that took place with the younger brother on the day following the murders. Eric Paddock was being interviewed at his Florida home by a CNN reporter. The interview was later broadcast that same day on CNN. It shows clearly that the brother, Eric, is proud of the fact that their father had been on the FBI’s most wanted list. Isn’t it highly likely that his older brother, Paddock, also had similar feelings and mindset?
If so, it should not be surprising that Paddock followed in his father’s footsteps. It is very probable that Paddock determined that, before he died, he would copy and even “improve” on his father’s infamy to the point that his own name would become a household word. The motive is obvious: Paddock wanted to become immortalized by infamy.