VEGAS shooter Stephen Paddock lived his life like a drug-fuelled vampire gambling up to £750,000 a NIGHT and never stepping out of the dark, court papers reveal.
The mass murderer’s bizarre lifestyle is outlined in a legal deposition taken four years before he took a cache of weapons and opened fire on hundreds from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
“I do not do sun,” pill-popping Paddock eerily revealed in the 97-page court document, which has been obtained by CNN.
Paddock made the claims in a civil lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Hotel, which he sued after slipping and falling while walking to a high-stakes area in the casino. He lost the case.
It also reveals the twisted high roller gambled up to £750,000 a night and frequently popped Valium for his anxiety.
The “shambolic” killer also claimed that he was, at one point, the “biggest video poker player in the world”.
“How do I know that – because I know some of the video poker players that play big. Nobody played as much and as long as I did,” he said.
He said at the height in 2006 he gambled an average “14 hours a day, 365 days a year”. “I’ll gamble all night,” he said. “I sleep during the day.”
“At the stakes I play, you want to have all your wits about you, or as much wit as I have.”
Asked if he ever visited the hotel pool, warped Paddock replied: “I do not do sun.”
Cops and federal agents are still struggling to identify a motive behind the attack, targeted at those attending a country music festival, just off the Las Vegas Strip.
Paddock, 64, killed 58 people and injured almost 500 before turning a gun on himself in his hotel room.
While he police have managed to build an extensive profile of Paddock, there are precious few clues as to what led him to plan and carry out the attack with such deadly precision.
Investigators have also taken another look around Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada about 80 miles from Las Vegas – in case they missed anything the first time around.
Investigators have so far recovered 47 guns from his various home and cars.
They are now looking into his finances as part of their attempt to look for something that may have triggered the slaughter.
During his testimony, Paddock was asked about his relationship with the doctor who prescribed him his Valium pills.
“He’s like on retainer, I call it, I guess,” he said. “It means I pay a fee yearly… I have good access to him.”
He was also asked whether he was sober on the night of the accident for which he had filed the lawsuit.
“I was my normal happy-go-lucky self,” he said. “Perfectly sober.”
Paddock, according to the Cosmopolitan’s lawyer, Marty Kravitz, was a “slovenly” and shambling figure whose favourite footwear was a pair of “crappy flip-flops.”
It was revealed toay a security guard was shot by the mass murderer inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel at least six minutes before the massacre started.
Jesus Campos had been responding to a an alarm on the 32nd floor of the hotel and casino when he startled Paddock.
The news came as Paddock’s brother Bruce said he had been questioned twice by the FBI, including a four-and-a-half hour grilling by a profiler.
“They were just asking about our childhood, what schools we went to, who his friends were, all the stuff we did,” he said.
Bruce Paddock also speculated that financial difficulties may have driven his brother over the edge, although no evidence has surfaced thus far to buttress that claim.
“This guy is a wizard with books,” he said, recalling how his brother used to do the family’s tax returns and juice them so they would get back thousands of dollars in refunds.
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