The longtime girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas gunman, returned to the US Tuesday night from the Philippines and was met at LAX by FBI agents.
Authorities are hoping she can shed some light into what drove a seemingly ordinary man into committing an act that left 58 people dead and more than 500 injured before killing himself on the Las Vegas Strip.
Marilou Danley was in the Philippines during the attack. But new details have emerged about Paddock and his relationship to Danley.
They met several years ago while she was working as a hostess for high-limit players for Club Paradise at the Atlantis Casino in Reno, his brother Eric said.
“They were adorable — big man, tiny woman. He loved her. He doted on her,” Eric said.
The two would spend hours at the tables, gambling side by side, he said. Law enforcement said that just prior to the attack, Paddock sent upwards of $100,000 to someone in that country, possibly Danley. Eric Paddock speculated he might have been trying to make sure his girlfriend was overseas before carrying out his bloody rampage, The Washington Post reports.
But employees at a Starbucks in Mesquite, Nev., however, described the couple’s relationship differently. A supervisor at the coffee shop told the Los Angeles Times that Paddock often berated Danley in public. The Starbucks is the only one in the town of Mesquite and is inside the Virgin River Casino.
“It happened a lot,” Esperanza Mendoza, supervisor of the Starbucks, told the Times. He would verbally abuse her when Danley asked to use his casino card to buy food or other things inside the casino, Esperanza said.
“He would glare down at her and say — with a mean attitude — ‘You don’t need my casino card for this. I’m paying for your drink, just like I’m paying for you.’ Then she would softly say, ‘Okay’ and step back behind him. He was so rude to her in front of us.”
Danley is a native of the Philippines, but has an Australian passport, authorities said.
Danley arrived in the Philippines one week prior to the attack. The officers said she arrived in Manila on Sept. 25.
Paddock was a frequent gambler at the casino where Daley once worked. She was a a high-limit hostess for Club Paradise, a rewards program in the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev., according to her LinkedIn profile. In a statement, Atlantis officials said she has not worked for the casino for several years.
Paddock was such a regular at the Atlantis, that his entire family once took over the top floor of the Atlantis at the casino’s expense, his brother said.
According to court records, Danley may have been living with Paddock as early as August 2013, while she was still married to another man, named Geary Danley.
Geary and Marilou Danley were married in Las Vegas in 1990. According to court records, they jointly filed for divorce on Feb. 25, 2015, and the divorce was finalized the next day. During her divorce, Marilou Danley listed a downtown Reno apartment as her address. Property records show the apartment was owned by shooting suspect Stephen Paddock.
Paddock made his money buying and selling several properties in several years. His brother said he was a “millionaire.”