Vegas Gunman’s Brother Arrested For Child Porn; Laptop Hard Drive Missing

by | Oct 25, 2017 | Headline News | 27 comments

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    This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

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    The story of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s family just keeps getting weirder.

    The Los Angeles Times is reporting one of Paddock’s younger brothers, Bruce Paddock, has been detained in North Hollywood on suspicion of crimes related to child pornography. Paddock, 58, was taken into custody Wednesday morning.

    The LAPD said a man was detained in the 5300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard on suspicion of crimes related to child pornography. However the LAPD would not reveal the name of the man. Sandra Breault, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Las Vegas, declined to say whether Bruce Paddock’s detention was connected to the agency’s investigation into the concert shooting.

    The Paddocks’ father, Benjamin Paddock, was famously revealed to be a former bank robber and con man who once made the FBI’s “most wanted” list. Paddock’s family has mostly avoided the media, though his youngest brother, Eric, spoke out when reporters descended on his Florida home in the days following the shooting. Eric Paddock said he wasn’t close with most of his brothers, but had once been involved in a lucrative real estate venture with Stephen. He said he was shocked to learn that his brother had been the shooter, and said his brother gave no indication that he might carry out such an atrocious act.

    The 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a Las Vegas crowd of 20,000 people attending a country music festival on Oct. 1. Paddock killed 60 people, including himself, in the meticulously planned attack.

    Meanwhile, police have repeatedly changed their timeline for the shooting, and MGM Resorts, the owner of the Mandalay Bay hotel, has taken efforts to stop more information about the timeline of events from leaking to the public, for fear it could face lawsuits from Paddock’s victims.

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    Separately, as the search for a motive behind the deadliest mass shooting in US history appears to have hit a wall – and while the multiple changes in the timeline of events have raised questions about the effectiveness of the initial response – ABC News reports that the laptop computer recovered from Paddock’s room was missing its hard drive, depriving investigators of a potential key source of information into Paddock’s frame of mind at the time of the shooting.

    Paddock is believed to have removed the hard drive before fatally shooting himself, and the missing device has not yet been recovered.

    Investigators digging into Paddock’s background also learned he purchased software designed to erase files from a hard drive, but without the hard drive to examine, it is impossible to know if he ever used the software. Searches of Paddock’s car and homes turned up an arsenal of guns and explosive materials – but data gleaned from his computers has provided precious little for investigators to go on.

    He is not the first mass shooter to destroy or hide digital clues, ABC noted.

    • In 2007, Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung Hui removed the hard drive of his computer and disposed of his cell phone shortly before the massacre. They were never recovered.
    • The 2008 Northern Illinois shooter, Steven Kazmierczak, removed the SIM card from his phone and the hard drive from his laptop, and neither was recovered.
    • In 2012, Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza removed the hard drive from his computer and smashed it with a hammer or screwdriver.

    Paddock spent months assembling the arsenal in a way that didn’t attract the attention of authorities. Authorities are examining every aspect of Paddock’s life — from his family, friends and associates to his travel patterns, health and finances. A sudden deterioration in his finances has been ruled out as a motive, as one source told ABC that Paddock had settled debts he had with casinos shortly before the attack.

    Other mass murders have left behind clues as to their motives – who can forget the unabomber’s manifesto? Paddock, however, left behind no such writings or evidence.

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      27 Comments

      1. Aslard

        Wasn’t there an article about Stephen Paddock being a runner for child sex trafficking…pretty big coincidence.

      2. War Thog

        Anything connected to the first bunch of irascible agents seems conveniently to be missing…

        • CrackSummSkulls

          The FBI can hack into any computer they want and place or infect the hard drive with any packets of data they want including kiddy porn. They do this as part of their media propaganda to demonize or convict whom ever they want. Never do any downloads or software updates. Its all a scam to track or place key loggers on your devices. Apple devices can turn on the camera and take photos anytime the want and without you Knowing it. Same with the speaker to listen to your conversations. Most cell phones have at least 7 entry points for hacking. Fact!!

      3. JAS

        Makes me wonder if it wasn’t “arranged” so they could get a warrant for all of his electronic’s to see if they can find anything else on the shooter. Once they get a look, charges go away. Or, use a trumped up charge to get him to talk about his brother.

        • the blame-e

          I agree. The Cia and FBI should be declared enemies of the state.

        • MARCUS

          child porn is the preferred, no nonsense way to grab someone. lets face it, the news hits someone as grabbed on kiddie porn and thee general public and news watchers immediately are disgusted and glad he’s off the street, neighbors and friends distance themselves and feel compelled to share details no matter how minor with anyone asking, family members ostracize them. the only “friends” left are the cops and they will open up quick in order to make it go away (they think).
          Think about it, what happened to the last accused pedo you heard about? I dont know either.
          I’ve long postulated when the crackdown on patriots happens, it will come in the form of 4am drug raids and or kiddie porn accusations.

      4. Kay123

        His house was broken into…. when…..2 weeks ago? And they are
        just now finding the computer HD missing? Isn’t that the FIRST thing the
        Investigators look for even before the forensics?

        BREAKING; Fox news;
        Campos supposedly left the country to (Mexico) in a rental car
        immediately after the shooting.
        56 people died, 200 injured, and the FBI and AZ. Sheriff lose the only
        Witness, ohhh pleeeeeeeszzzzzz! They should all be FIRED.
        Every one of those jerks.
        If there were 200 rounds of high power bullets shot through the door….
        then where are the spent shell casings
        and bullets shot into the non-shredded carpet in hallway…. and hallway walls?
        None that I can see!
        Who had lunch with him? Someone else had been there.
        Why MGM owned Ellen Degenerate Show?
        Does anyone else get the feeling we are being played for idiots?
        Are we being gamed by FBI / CIA.??
        Is this to bury the case of TREASON against Hitlery and Obuttho’…?
        Or are we missing something bigger?

        At any rate….a man was murdered…..and as tax paying citizens we have
        A right to know how our money is being spent!!!

        • Old Sailor

          I have said the same thing. How did he fire 200 rounds through the door and only hit the security guard one time in the leg? Where are all the bullet holes in the hallway? How did the AR get across his left foot? How did it remain perfectly upright on the bi-pod when he shot himself and fell backward? He fired over 900 rounds into the crowd and 200 rounds into the hall. Why are there only a few pieces of brass in the “famous” death photo? Why is there not a single video showing muzzle flashes coming from his room during the 900 + rounds he supposedly fired into the crowd? A shooter with such meticulous planning would know the fuel tanks He tried to blow up were out of range for an AR-15. That same person would know a bump stock causes the shooter to lose much of their accuracy. That same person would also know the bump stock would eat their shoulder alive after 50 rounds or so, which would necessitate firing from the hip. Not something a shooter would want to do if he expected to hit anyone with an AR-15 at over 400 yards. Those of us with inquiring minds want to know!

          Does anyone else get the feeling we are being played for idiots?
          Are we being gamed by FBI / CIA.?? The answer to that is, some are. There are obviously those of us that aren’t buying the “official” story. But, most of the public has bought it and moved on to Harvey and sexual assault. Nothing to see here. Move along.

      5. Archivist

        “…meticulously planned attack.”

        Not very meticulously planned if he had to kill himself.

        Unless it was someone else’s plan.

        • BlackMoe

          Yes, he killed himself with 5 shots to the back of his head. Nothing strange about that.

          • BJ

            Where did you get the info that he suffered five shots to the back of the head?

            Thanks

        • Plan twice, prep once

          Bingo,
          Regardless of ideological motive…. his motive was terrorism. Terrorism is the label that fits his actions. Alone or working with others, to do this he had a goal, likely political in nature. The FBI seems resolute in hiding his politics, which makes me assume jihad. The FBI has been rabid about protecting jihadists who have enjoyed protection by the deep state and globalists.

          That said, had he committed this atrocity and escaped, the entire nations would have been freaking out until he was caught. Isn’t this the plot of super villain movies, the villain who can’t be killed and just keeps coming back. This guy is dead, he’s no longer a threat to anyone. His actions did produce a concerted political attack by the left on the second amendment so I thinking as a terrorist he was somewhat successful.

          It’s a little tough to escape the 23’d floor of a high rise, but he could have gone out the broken window with a base jumping parachute, or rappelled down several flights, use his hammer to break back in, and then try to walk out from that floor while police thought they had him cornered several floors above. We could write a mission impossible movie plot here with numerous ways to escape, but this supposed meticulous planner chose suicide instead?

          The only super villain I see who keeps attacking nations and people and coming back without legal intervention is George Soros! It baffles me how this man was able to take down the British pound and multiple other national currencies, brag about it, and walk away without falling down a fleight of stairs while vacationing. He is obviously protected!

      6. Sgt. Dale

        That whole Famn Damliy is F$%&ed up.

        Sgt.

        • Plan twice, prep once

          You have a point. There is no denying the father being classified as a psychotic personality and making the FBI ten most wanted list.

          Contrary to the PC movement, some aspects of behavior are absolutely genetic.

          I married the smartest woman I ever met, and for all my trouble…. I got really smart kids. Now I’m no dummy, but my kids are absolutely brilliant and just starting out have become national treasures by their own achievements.

          I went to high school with a kid that grew up in a family of criminals. He had six brothers and sisters, by graduation he was the only family member who had not been arrested and served time? The mother and father both had been in and out of prison, often for violent crimes, along with all his brothers and sisters. I always wondered if he made it.

          I firmly believe that Satan engages in genetic warfare, with mankind as his pawns.

          • Anticommie

            So if we are predestined by dna to be scum it means you are not responsible for your sins. That’s why eugenics is so important. If you have degenerate genes you have no right to breed. And you are responsible for your kids sins. Who gave you the right to spread imperfection and suffering? Since God created genes they are slowly becoming weaker as creation gets older. Unless He restores them humans will slowly die off from genetic diseases. That’s why there is survival of the fittest. To weed out genetic mutations.
            Also it’s evil for a woman to be smart. It goes against nature. Like a tranny. And you were a cuck since the day you met her. If a man is stupid he is female.
            There is also a false intellect. You could be smart a hell but still go to hell. There are super smart libtards or women but they have no understanding and their thinking is upside down. They can’t perceive. I’m not super smart. But when i see something there is a perception/knowing of what is right or not right.

        • Michigan Wolverine

          they sure would like us all to think that

          easy to hate what you really dont know

          are we to believe those that have done nothing but lie to us .. for say like MY WHOLE DAM LIFE!

          easy to judge what you dont know and only hear from the paid source..right Dale?

          • Michigan Wolverine

            we really need to think about who’s telling the story, and what they could gain from their narrative being the only one

      7. Upstate New Yorker

        Vegas = One big mismanaged cluster – f*ck. Keep it all hidden. ‘You’ can’t handle the truth, ( from the movie ‘ A few good men,’)

      8. Anticommie

        Looks like .gov wants this guy on a leash. Wouldn’t be surprised if he dies in prison

      9. Michigan Wolverine

        Hard drive missing?
        Same game the elite play on someone they want to shut up
        Can’t have this guy talking
        How much of any of this could we even trust when it comes to the alphabet goon squads that have run a muck in this country way too long

        More of the same- distract , divert , disarm … genocide

        We all are letting them play way too deep into their play book

      10. Concerned-Citizen!

        Wow, that is one seriously messed up, no damn good gene pool right there!!

      11. BuelahMan

        I wonder what ethnicity the mother is.

      12. Rascal Jasper

        With the brother arrested & discredited the truth becomes more dim. Any signature of reality has been scrubbed just like Paddocks house was broke into. Patterns of a method to cleanup/shut up / cover up are piling up – unfortunately just as bodies are. PTB will not be content till all the guns ready for an easy take up i.e. Australia. “Never surrender, Never give up” J.Nesmith

      13. Him

        They can plant porn on your computer without your knowledge. Then they arrest you. They can make you keep quiet about what you know about the shooting for the duration. Timothy McVeigh was kept silent about who made the OKC bomb. How? They targeted his innocent sister who lived in the northeast.

      14. aljamo

        If your money held in a bank belongs to the bank in the need of a bail in to survive who is the bank robber? You lose. As far as Adam Lanza being the supposed shooter at Sandy Hook, many claim that person never existed, and his mother also.

      15. Kay123

        Ok….guys, you have all the answers? Family of nut flakes?

        Then how do you explain his Lockheed Martin accountant,
        mailman, IRS, Real Estate sales, and totally clean police record?
        Those jobs require TESTING! They demand, math skills, organization,
        and require highly intelligent individuals.

        My guess was he was set up to be a “PATSIE” by those who
        thought he knew too much, and / or a danger to the
        “industry complex”.

        The fact he had a squeeky clean police record says loads about his
        character…….or his “deep state”.
        Was he a threat…..in some way…..to the MGM mafia?
        People who know the truth aren’t talking……at least not yet!!!
        But they will when offered enough to “sing”.

      16. Beaumont

        Anyone who believes in anonymous tipsters, parallel constructions, probable causes, and proof, which can only be found in some black box, computational process, is as superstitious as they come.

        You might as well believe any of the dozen or so versions of this same story, to occupy your attention.

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