Professor Craig Jackson has given a hint as to what could have led Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old Las Vegas music show attacker, to commit the heinous crime.
According to Prof. Jackson, who has been studying spree killing for over 10 years, Paddock was hoping for the ultimate thrill kill.
Paddock killed at least 59 people and injured 500 more when he opened fire into a crowd watching a country music concert from his Mandalay Bay hotel room.
Since the deadly attack, hundreds of investigators, led by the FBI, are trying to work out what drove the wealthy businessman to commit such an atrocious act.
Paddock is said to have been a retired accountant who had no previous criminal record, known affiliation with a terror group or history of mental illness.
But Prof. Jackson told Daily Star UK that Paddock could see what he did as the ultimate thrill.
He said, “He may have fantasised and thought about this for some time.
“Possibly even written or kept a journal.
“I’m not sure if any substances were used by Paddock beforehand that could heighten his senses, but it is a possibility that for him this was the ultimate thrill-kill.
“He made no attempt to escape or resist the armed units closing in on him. Perhaps this was part of the plan.”
Jackson further suggested that there is likely to have been a trigger event, which Paddock found difficult to cope with or get over.
He added, “He will likely have perceived himself as a ‘victim’ and blame others for it.
“The methods used by Paddock in his shooting differ from those we see in most spree killings: he set up a base overseeing victims and had his arsenal with him.
“He didn’t get close enough to engage personally with the victims or to be able to distinguish victims from each other e.g. children, adults, men, women.
“Has was unlikely to be shooting randomly, but shooting indiscriminately instead.
“He was significantly older than most spree killers are.”
The Professor said Paddock must have suffered from a personality disorder that made him so narcissistic.
He said, “Paddock will possibly have some disorder of personality that is likely to see him unable to accept responsibility for his own actions, blaming others, bearing grudges, unable to take criticism.
“He will also have seen others as being inferior to himself.
“In short he is willing to kill people to make his point.”
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