Authorities have been desperately trying to figure out why Stephen Paddock open-fired on the crowd of concert-goers in Las Vegas where he killed 59 people and injured almost 600. Because he reportedly committed suicide, Paddock’s live-in girlfriend Marilou Danley is now a person of interest in the investigation. The FBI is questioning her about the time leading up to the shooting, but Marilou’s true identity and the nature of her relationship with Paddock could offer even more insights.
Who Is Marilou Danley?
Newsweek reported that Marilou has been known as Marilou Natividad, Marilou Danley (after marrying Geary Danley in 1990), and Marilou Bustos (after she wed Jose Bustos in 1996 while still married to Danley).
Marilou also has two social security numbers with each one registered to a different name and date of birth. In California, she is Marilou Natividad-Bustos born in January 1962. In Nevada, she goes by Marilou Lou Danley born in December 1954. Originally from Queensland, Australia, Marilou’s residences are varied as she has maintained addresses in Arkansas, Tennessee, California, Nevada, and other states.
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Abusive Relationship With Paddock
The mystery woman and Paddock often frequented the Starbucks at the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite. Paddock was reportedly a big-time gambler who was very harsh with Marilou when the time came to pay for their regular order.
“It happened a lot… He would glare down at her and say with a mean attitude, ‘You don’t need my casino card for this,'” Starbucks supervisor Esperanza Mendoza told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m paying for your drink, just like I’m paying for you.'”
Why Was Marilou Sent Out Of The Country?
Marilou’s sisters told Seven News in Australia that they were all shocked when they heard the news about what Paddock had done. Paddock had sent his girlfriend to the Philippines two weeks ahead of the shooting and wired her $127,000. The sisters believe that he was trying to protect her.
“I know that she doesn’t know anything as well like us,” one sister said anonymously. “She was sent away. She was sent away so that she will not be there to interfere with what he’s planning.”
Her sisters said that the trip was a last-minute surprise, but they were grateful that Paddock thought enough of the woman he was ‘paying for’ to spare her from being implicated in his plan.
The Couple Moved Around… A Lot
Paddock’s former neighbors in Reno, Nevada, said that he rarely engaged anyone in conversation and would often disappear with Marilou for up to six months at a time. The couple wasn’t always together, though. Another neighbor said that Marilou also spent a significant amount of time with her daughter in Los Angeles. The couple moved around frequently and owned properties in several states. Paddock and Marilou were recluses, neighbors said.
Learning more about Marilou’s life with Paddock should reveal more about his ‘belief system’ and perhaps shed some light on what else Paddock was up to all of these years. Even his brother said that Paddock was a very private guy whose children didn’t know their uncle well at all. But tragedies like the Las Vegas Massacre don’t usually happen on a whim. There is always more to the story and the FBI is hoping that Marilou Danley holds the keys.
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