Midnight Writer News’s own BRIAN LLOYD joins S.T. Patrick to discuss the alternative theories regarding what happened in the shootings at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Lloyd discusses the plethora of eyewitness accounts from Mandalay Bay and other hotels, as well as the history of Stephen Paddock, the perplexing story of Jesus Campos, the “you’re all gonna die” story, the 4-Chan warning, MGM Grand CEO James Murren, billionaire Sheldon Adelson, high incident events, and other theories and possibilities.
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Another interesting and important episode; the weirdness of the LV shooting story, e.g. the ‘motivelessness’ of it, among other things, does not get nearly enough attention (which is not too surprising really).
I appreciated the clarity of Mr Lloyd’s presentation, but I must disagree with his assertion that what Paddock is alleged to have done would have been ‘easy’; in fact, IMO the physical improbability, if not impossibility, of the shooting as it’s alleged to have unfolded is one of its more striking features.
Consider: if we say the hotel is 1200 ft from the middle of the concert venue, and the mid-window distance from floor to floor of the Mandalay Bay is 20 ft (not unreasonable), and then imagine a right triangle, then the straight line distance from Paddock’s 32nd floor location to the middle of the venue was 1360 ft, i.e. greater than 4.5 football fields; that is quite a distance — and it was after 10pm in October, meaning fully dark — ?
Also, as I understand the story, between 10:05 and 10:15 pm Paddock allegedly fired more than 1,000 rounds, killing 60 people and wounding 411.
Assuming the wounded excludes the dead, approx 470 people were hit by bullets — supposedly he fired approx 1000 rounds in 10m = 600s, i.e. almost 2 rounds/s (?!) over the 10m period — so at such a rapid fire rate (did he aim?), roughly every other bullet hit someone — from more than 4.5 football fields away, at night — and if people quickly scattered (an ‘ensuing panic’ reportedly accounted for many injuries) or quickly took cover, that makes the number of casualties per round fired even more remarkable given the physical parameters, since you’d expect nearly all those who were shot were hit in the first few minutes — ?
Paddock allegedly broke windows in his hotel suite; I’m not aware if it was ever discovered/revealed exactly what implement he used to break the windows (?) — you can find info saying hotel windows in LV highrise hotels don’t open so people cannot commit suicide (e.g. due to gambling losses), so he smashed them — but the truth is, normally you cannot open windows in a highrise.
I’ve never understood how he was able to break the windows, since I would expect them to be made of either polycarbonate, which is generally cheaper than glass and for all practical purposes absolutely unbreakable, or specially hardened safety glass, almost certainly dual pane; this safety glass is also very difficult to break, and would not leave a hole or opening, but would shatter like an automobile windshield, i.e. it would be a LOT of work to actually make a clear opening through which one could easily fire a weapon — but if you’re really worried about window suicides, why use glass instead of polycarbonate?
What were/are the windows in the Mandalay Bay Hotel made of?
So the general story is, physically, extremely improbable, if not impossible, and therefore not really believable.
In this way I will liken the LV shooting to the collapse of WTC-7: the Establishment effectively waves its hands and puts out what is at best only a vaguely plausible explanation, one that does not address problematic details, and very quietly concedes they don’t know exactly how or why it happened — the media cooperates by burying this, which they can easily get away with because the news cycle moved on some time ago.