A friend of the Las Vegas shooter claims Stephen Paddock had a strained relationship with his girlfriend and would sleep with casino-sponsored prostitutes.
On Sunday at around 22:30 (05:30 GMT), America witnessed its deadliest mass shooting in modern history as 64-year-old Paddock opened fire into crowds at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival leaving 59 people dead and over 500 injured.
Ever since the attack we have been learning more and more about Paddock, and now family friend Adam Le Fevre has made some startling allegations.
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Australian businessman Le Fevre dated the sister of Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Paddock, and once visited Las Vegas with the gunman.
He told A Current Affair:
It is a very chilling thought to know that the person that is at the centre of the world’s largest story at the moment was somebody that I knew, somebody that I was welcomed into their home, into their family, into their life.
I would say I liked Stephen Paddock at the time. From what I saw I had no reason not to like him.
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However, Le Fevre also said that Paddock admitted the perks of being a ‘high roller’ extended to free call girls.
Referring to the offers Paddock received from casinos, Le Fevre said:
I did have no questions that some of those offers had been accepted, yes.
When asked to describe Paddock’s relationship with his girlfriend Marilou, Le Fevre sighed and said:
The relationship is not what I saw as a loving, caring relationship.
I experienced Steve talking to Marilou in an abrupt manner and away from them I had questions whether everything was smooth sailing.
Marilou who was a lovely girl, seemed very nervous and jittery around Steve. He would talk in a condescending way.
At the time of the attack Marilou was visiting family in the Philippines, a trip that was organised by Paddock.
Back in the US she is being interviewed extensively by the FBI and the police as people question whether she knew anything about the attack.
Le Fevre added:
I believe that absolutely, without any doubt that Marilou would have no knowledge about what Stephen Paddock was able to plan and ultimately succeed.
And it would have been planned.
I believe that if Marilou had the slightest inkling that something wasn’t right, and at the magnitude of what occurred, that she would have attempted to intervene and shared that with her family.
Finally, Le Fevre also revealed that Paddock was a strong defender of the second amendment, the right to own a gun.
His home was a modest, new, two-bedroom house. But as we walked through that small area Steve said ‘bedroom, lounge room, gun room’.
He said: “Well you know, most people in the US have firearms and they need to be protected and of course you don’t want firearms falling into the hands of the wrong people.”
He was very strict and very firm that it was a right, a capacity and it was the freedom of every American to own a gun and use it as seen fit and that law should never be changed.
A keen shooter, Paddock showed off his gun collection but Le Fevre did not notice any of the weapons used in the deadly massacre.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.