Ten days ago the largest civilian mass murder in America was committed in a hotel overflowing with CCTV surveillance video and more security people on duty than the entire police force of most cities and towns in America.
Across the street from the Mandalay Bay, there were 51 LVMPD officers on duty at the concert – again a number larger than the entire police force of most cities and towns.
In the intervening period, we have witnessed one of the most high profile investigations in history tell one story, only to have to reverse the timeline to an extent that suggests the slaughter might have been avoidable.
There is a strong odor of mendacity around the Mandalay Bay shooting.
Even that may be an understatement, there are three massive Federal agencies in the mix and possibly controlling the investigation. How sad is it the reputation of the FBI has fallen so far, the involvement of that agency is seen by many that a cover-up is underway?
Part One Summary
There were a lot of good comments on my What’s Wrong With This Picture You’ve Seen A Hundred Times Already? article last week. There were also requests for a summary of that post which is provided below.
The points made by the article:
1) Crime Scene Investigations are based on the premise everything is studied, recorded, analyzed and possibly studied one more time in place by the investigate team where it came to rest during the commission of the crime.
Being able to establish the crime scene was not preserved exactly as it was found has been the basis for getting hundreds of cases dismissed by judges and possibly resulted in thousands of “not guilty” verdicts where incompetence of the police created reasonable doubt in the mind of the jurors. If you believe that point to be debatable, go argue with Google.
2) The door blown off it’s hinges by the police when they breached the suite with explosives could not possibly have come to rest propped up horizontally against the door frame as it is shown in the picture above since the breaching procedures goal, and therefore amount of explosive used, is designed to completely remove the door as an obstacle to police rushing into the room immediately after the explosion.
3) This means someone chose to place the door in that location even though it would obstruct the ingress and egress to the crime scene. There are a dozen other places the door could have been placed which would not have obstructed the entrance.
The door having been placed in such an unusual location means someone wanted the door and the evidence it presents visible in context of the complete doorway. Anyone thinking, “Well, there’s the answer!” please go back to Google and research the crime scene investigation procedures and legal rulings until you see the fallacy of that argument.
4) There are 12 exit bullet holes visible in the door laying horizontally (the new picture is higher resolution from the Daily Mail). All of those holes appear to be from a .308 rifle round which has the characteristic of “punching” through material due to it’s much higher kinetic energy than a 5.56 round which has the characteristic of “piercing” and making hole which seem smaller than the round itself. How do I know those characteristics?
Easy, I have fired thousands of each of those rounds at a wide variety of target materials up to and including car doors. Close examination of the holes done by zooming in shows material around the each hole indicative of the bullet exiting the face of the door shown. There are no other obvious bullet holes visible in the door remaining in the frame, the frame or the walls around the frame.
5) The exit bullet holes in the door are all roughly at waist height or below. Review of bullet holes in the tablecloth covering the room service cart indicate the bullets trajectory after exiting the door was from right to left and from “waist high” to “knee to thigh high” on the cart (from the perspective of the shooter) . This is consistent with the security guard having incurred a leg wound.
This is also consistent with the shooter having placed the stock of the .308 rifle against his shoulder, aiming at the lower portion of the upper panel but forgetting that at a distance of no more than 30 feet from door, the bullets would impact roughly 1.5″ to 2″ lower than the point of aim due to the height of the aiming device used on the rifle above the center of the rifle’s bore.
6) The door closed in the frame indicates, if the security guard actually saw a door ajar (now open to question after the revised police statements), this indicates the shooter closed the door before the arrival of the police.
7) Someone within the investigation team intentionally leaked these photos for the questions they would raise in the public mind – the first of which should be, “Who moved the door?”.
The first hot take Monday on Paddock was “[o]ther than a citation he received several years ago that was ‘handled as a normal practice’ by the courts, he had no criminal background …”
Yet by Thursday, the police had “discovered” he had wired $ 100,000 to the Phillipines, was flagged for “200 ‘suspicious’ activities, most of them deposits/withdrawls in excess of $ 10,000”, owned properties worldwide and “IRS records show that Paddock was a successful gambler, earning at least $5 million in 2015. Some of that could be from other investments, but most of it was from gambling, officials say.”
Time to interject a dose of reality.
The average poker player, depending on what limit can make as little as $10,000 a year up to $1,000,000 or more per year. We’ve found that a semi-top tier live poker professional in Florida playing $5/10 NL deepstacked can make $100,000-$250,000 a year.
Daniel Negreanu has made over $ 30 million in lifetime winnings playing poker – but he is also globally famous.
Claiming $ 4 million playing video poker is a fast track to having the IRS, Treasury, DEA, FBI and DHS all camped out in your rectum.
At a minimum, they will be looking at you for money laundering for a criminal organization but it’s more likely they will suspect you of terrorist ties.
How do we know this to be true?
ABC News source with access to records says Mandalay Bay did not call the police until AFTER the shooting on the concert goers began.
This means there was over a six minute delay before the security people called 911. MGM disputes the latest version of the timeline and say they expect a new timeline to be released at the next LVMPD press conference on Friday.