The struggle to get inside the killer’s mind: Vegas gunman’s ‘secret life’ thwarts investigators’ search for motive

Those seeking to know the motive of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock have had little more to chase than hints and shadows.

Paddock led such a low-key, private life that no one seemed to know him well and those who did had no sense he was capable of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Where other mass killers have left behind a trail of clues that help investigators to quickly understand what drove them to violence, Paddock, 64, had nearly no close friends, no social media presence or other clear connections to the broader world.

Even a top official in the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday he was surprised investigators had not uncovered more about why a man with no obvious criminal record would cause so much bloodshed.

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