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An FBI poster at the time said Paddock had been "diagnosed as psychopathic" and should be considered "armed and very risky".

Federal, state, and local investigators have found no evidence that Paddock, 64, had even incidental contacts with foreign or domestic extremist groups, and reviews of his history show no underlying pattern of lawbreaking or hate speech, a senior USA homeland security official said on Tuesday.

Police in Las Vegas say he did not hear his name until the attack, because it was not in their records. In December 1960, a jury found Paddock guilty and Judge Peirson M. Hall sentenced him to 20 years in prison, the maximum allowable sentence. An obituary that ran in an OR newspaper, the Eugene Register-Guard, in 1998, explained that Paddock had partnered on the bingo parlor with an obscure nonprofit to skirt state gambling laws.

According to an Arizona Republic article from January 1961, the elder Paddock surrendered two days after the robbery after an officer shot at his vehicle, shattering his windshield. He was accused of stealing close to $25,000 and was caught in the summer of 1960 by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Las Vegas.

"The agency reported he is an avid bridge player and smokes both cigars and cigarettes".

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He later told CBS: "He was my brother, he was a guy". He was again arrested in 1978 but got out on parole; he remained a free man until 1987, when he was indicted on seven racketeering charges in Oregon. On top of that, he was charged with rolling back auto odometers.

TV station reporter Jacqui Heinrich tweeted the photographs, which also show a hammer that Paddock, 64, presumably used to smash the windows of his suite to set up his sniper's perch.

Among his other life claims: being an auto crew racing chief, Chicago Bears football player and survivor of a World War II mine sweeper sinking, according to the Eugene Register-Guard. Paddock was waiting to be extradited to Phoenix at the time.

"He could be conning everybody, but this is an economic crime and he's an old man", the newspaper quoted Woodrich as saying. He returned to Texas where he lived until his death in 1998. "He always said he was a dinosaur".