As questions swirl around what drove Stephen Paddock to carry out the bloodiest mass
shooting in modern U.S. history, investigators are increasing their focus on his 62-year-old
girlfriend, Marilou Danley.

Marilou Danley, the longtime girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman, returned to the United States
Tuesday night and was met at the Los Angeles airport by FBI agents, according to the
Associated Press. Authorities are hoping she can shed light on what drove Stephen Paddock to
open fire from his casino hotel room Sunday night. He killed at least 58 people and injured more
than 500 on the Las Vegas Strip before killing himself.

Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the attack. Immigration officials in the Philippines
told news outlets there that Danley left the country Tuesday evening on a Philippine Airlines
flight to Los Angeles.

As investigators continue to search for a motive, new details have emerged about Paddock and
his relationship to Danley.

Paddock met Marilou Danley several years ago while she was working as a high-limit hostess
for Club Paradise at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev., said his brother Eric
Paddock.

“They were adorable — big man, tiny woman. He loved her. He doted on her,” Eric said.


The two often gambled side by side, he said. Authorities say that prior to the shooting Paddock
transferred a large amount of money — close to $100,000 — to someone in the Philippines,
possibly his girlfriend. Eric Paddock said he now believes his brother may have been trying to
arrange for Danley to be abroad before carrying out his massacre.

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Employees at a Starbucks in Mesquite, Nev., however, described the couple’s relationship
differently. A supervisor at the coffee shop told the Los Angeles Times that Paddock often
berated Danley in public. The Starbucks is the only one in the town of Mesquite and is inside
the Virgin River Casino.

“It happened a lot,” Esperanza Mendoza, supervisor of the Starbucks, told the Times. He would
verbally abuse her when Danley asked to use his casino card to buy food or other things inside
the casino, Esperanza said.

“He would glare down at her and say — with a mean attitude — ‘You don’t need my casino card
for this. I’m paying for your drink, just like I’m paying for you.’ Then she would softly say, ‘Okay’
and step back behind him. He was so rude to her in front of us.”


The Girlfriend

Danley is from the Philippines but has Australian citizenship, Australian authorities have said.


This undated photo provided shows Marilou Danley. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
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The Courier Mail, a newspaper in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia, posted
pictures of a trip to Australia Paddock apparently took with Danley in 2013 to meet her family
there.

Danley arrived in the Philippines a week before the attack, Filipino news outlets said, quoting
immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The officers told local news outlets
that she arrived in Manila from Hong Kong on Sept. 25 via Cebu Pacific flight 5J 115.

Paddock was a frequent gambler at the casino where Danley once worked at one point. She
was a high-limit hostess for Club Paradise, a rewards program in the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
in Reno, Nev., according to her LinkedIn profile. In a statement, Atlantis officials said she has
not worked for the casino for several years.

Paddock was such a regular at the Atlantis, that his entire family once took over the top floor of
the Atlantis at the casino’s expense, his brother said.


According to court records, Danley may have been living with Paddock as early as August
2013, while she was still married to another man, named Geary Danley.

Geary and Marilou Danley were married in Las Vegas in 1990. According to court records, they
jointly filed for divorce on Feb. 25, 2015, and the divorce was finalized the next day. During her
divorce, Marilou Danley listed a downtown Reno apartment as her address. Property records
show the apartment was owned by shooting suspect Stephen Paddock.

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Paddock invested and sold several properties in recent years, as a way of making money,
relatives and property records show. Neighbors at two other properties owned by Paddock in
Reno and Mesquite, Nev., said Danley lived with Paddock there as well and often disappeared
with him for long stretches — sometimes for months at a time — during his visits to casinos.

At one point, Danley worked for an airline based out of California’s Bay Area, said one longtime
neighbor in Reno, where Danley and Paddock lived together in a retirement community. She
later worked for Avon, the cosmetic sales company, and tried to sell their products to other
residents, Elizabeth Tyee said. Danley traveled all the time, and when she was at the home she
shared with Paddock in a retirement community in Reno, it was never for very long. Tyee said
Danley would show up every three or four months and stay for no more than 10 days.


Danley has a daughter and grandchildren, Tyee said. Type and many other neighbors
described Danley as extremely sweet and friendly. She hugged her when they saw each other.
Paddock, however, was more standoffish and unfriendly.

This summer, Tyee saw Danley and Paddock moving a mattress and saw inside their garage,
which was completely empty. Tyee asked Danley whether they were moving, and Danley said
they had bought a new house but were not moving out of Reno.

Another neighbor, Susan Page, who moved next door to the couple this summer, said she had
not seen them since August. Paddock had recently bought a new silver minivan, she said, and
Danley drove an SUV. On the third week of August, Paddock left the house. Soon after, Danley
packed up her car as well, as if she was moving, Page said.

The Gunman

More details have also emerged on Paddock, the gunman.

From 1976 to 1985, Paddock worked U.S. government jobs: as a letter carrier for the U.S.
Postal Service, an agent for the IRS  and an auditor for U.S. government’s Defense Contract
Audit Agency, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

Neighbors in several states where he owned homes in retirement communities described him as
surly, unfriendly and standoffish.

Relatives say the roots of Paddock’s loner lifestyle may have been planted July 28, 1960. On
that day, when Paddock was 7, a neighbor from across the street took him swimming. The
neighbor at the time told a local newspaper that she knew authorities were coming for his
father, a bank robber, and she wanted to spare the boy the trauma of seeing his father hauled
away by authorities.

[Las Vegas shooter’s father was a bank robber — and on the FBI’s Most Wanted list]

From that point on, Paddock’s family was never the same.

His mother struggled to raise him and his four brothers on her own. His father escaped from
prison — twice — and had little more contact with them, relatives say. As they grew older,
Stephen, the eldest, and the youngest brother, Eric, kept in touch, but Stephen Paddock drifted
almost completely out of touch with his two other brothers, Bruce and Patrick.

Eric said Stephen stopped talking to his brother Bruce because Bruce used to beat him up
when they were kids. And that Stephen stopped talking to Patrick, because they’re very
different people.

Even with Eric, he never talked much. They created a lucrative real estate investment business
together, but Stephen would only text Eric now and then.

“We didn’t talk much. We talked when there was something to talk about,” said Eric Paddock.
“Steve had no help. Steve did not take help. He was a stand-alone guy.”

Choking up as he talked, Eric said: “Steve was like a dad surrogate. He took me camping. I liked
my brother. He was a good guy.”

His high school

Stephen Paddock went to John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, in the Los Angeles suburbs,
his brother said.

Judy Smith Nelson, a retired federal worker living in Las Vegas, was stunned when she first saw
that she and the alleged shooter were the same age — 64. Then a friend texted her a picture
from an old high school yearbook.

“I couldn’t believe it, I recognized the face, we had been classmates,” Nelson said Tuesday.

As investigators continued searching for a motive, anyone who had come into contact with
Paddock over more than four decades began to wrestle with what they knew of the man and
whether there had ever been clues of what would come.

Former California state senator Richard Alarcon, who had gotten his start as student body
president of John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in 1971, posted a note to friends on
Facebook on Tuesday saying he remembered playing basketball with Paddock at a
neighborhood court.

Another classmate remembered Paddock showing up at a 20-year reunion and repeatedly
angling to talk to her.

Nelson, in Las Vegas, fished through an old box of keepsakes and found a 10-year reunion
program that contained a one-line description that each classmate had written. Paddock’s read:
“Single, accountant, has traveled to Hollywood, lives in Sepulveda [Calif.]”

“We’re all just reeling, and here I have kind of a personal connection, being that we walked the
same grounds, we were from the same area,” Nelson said.

After high school, Paddock attended Cal State Northridge. He was married and divorced twice.
Both ex-wives — one in the L.A. area, the other in the Dallas suburbs — declined to talk to
reporters.
New details emerge about
Marilou Danley, girlfriend
of Las Vegas shooter
Stephen Paddock