A 97-page deposition obtained by CNN reveals details about the life of Stephen Paddock, the murderer behind the deadliest mass shooting in American history. In the documents, Paddock is revealed to have been a high-stakes gambler with a paranoiac and miserly streak.
The document comes by way of a 2013 deposition pertaining to a civil lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Hotel, where he slipped and fell on a walkway in 2011. It may be the most comprehensive collection of information available on Paddock.
The deposition reveals that Paddock had no known mental health issues but had been perscribed Valium for "anxiousness."
"He's like on retainer, I call it, I guess," Paddock had said of the doctor who perscribed him the drugs. "It means I pay a fee yearly ... I have good access to him."
Paddock was also revealed to be somewhat of a drifter, living largely at hotel casinos, where he lived for free (an amenity provided to certain gamblers) about "95% of the time." He did not drink much according to his own testimony, but was often provided with free liquor by the hotels. He did not like to tip the waitresses who brought him drinks.
Paddock had described himself as one of the "biggest video poker players in the world ... I'll gamble all night. I sleep during the day ... I do not do sun." He said he had gambled upwards of $1 million each night.
Also revealed in the deposition is some basic biographical information on Paddock: he had been "raised mostly in California," and had worked as both an IRS agent and a real estate investor. The source of his wealth is unclear.
Throughout the deposition, Paddock's tone could be interpreted as arrogant or confrontational. When a lawyer commented that the millions he had gambled away each night was "a lot of money," Paddock replied: "No, it's not."
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