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BREAKING: Disturbing Truth About Vegas Shooter’s Brain Scan Revealed
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Officials have long questioned the motives of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, who killed nearly 60 and wounded hundreds earlier this month. Now, an autopsy of the killer’s brain has ruled out one possible motive: mental defect.
An examination of Paddock’s brain completed on Tuesday showed “no abnormalities” in the shooter’s brain, ruling out most biochemical explanations for his rampage. There was no information revealed about the toxicology report.
So the question still stands: what made this guy tick?
While the shooter reportedly had a normal brain scan, according to an the Las Vegas Journal-Review, Henderson, Nevada’s Dr. Steven Winkler of had prescribed Paddock an anti-anxiety drug in June. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the investigation has not identified any other physicians who have treated Paddock.
Still, anti-anxiety medication is by no means an indication of any violent behavior.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America:
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1 percent of the population every year.
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9 percent of those suffering receive treatment.
Paddock was being treated for a common disorder.
“We may never know”
In light of both minimal toxicology evidence and a brain scan with “no abnormalities,” Lombardo is still unable to suggest a motive in the case.
The Journal-Review reported that “investigators have made contact with Paddock’s entire ‘family tree,’ including the shooter’s two ex-wives,” to no avail.
The report continued:
Their conversations have shed new light on the shooter’s upbringing but have yet to answer the most daunting question: Why?
“We may never know,” Lombardo concluded. “All those things that you would expect to find, we have not found.”
That said, another investigation by the Journal-Review revealed that criminality is a Paddock family tradition.
His father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was on the FBI’s most-wanted list:
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, a bank robber and prison escapee, was famous for cracking the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in 1969. The wanted poster cautioned that he had been diagnosed as psychopathic and “should be considered armed and very dangerous.
With a normal brain scan, the most plausible theory may, then, be that Stephen Paddock’s unfortunate home life prepared him for his own brief career as the worst violent criminal in American history.
It just goes to show the enduring importance of the traditional family values that conservatives advocate for.
The investigation is still ongoing.
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