On Tuesday, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo revealed that Marilou Danley, the live-in girlfriend of Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock, was a “person of interest” in the investigation and was being brought back to the United States from the Philippines, where she had traveled two weeks before her boyfriend committed the most deadly mass shooting in the history of the country. On Wednesday, Danley, 62, arrived in Los Angeles, having reportedly traveled back voluntarily to “clear her name.”
Here is what we know so far about Danley.
1. Paddock bought her a ticket to the Philippines two weeks before the shooting.
According to multiple reports and interviews with Danley’s sisters, Paddock purchased a “cheap ticket” to her home country, the Philippines, about two weeks before he went on his rampage. In an interview with Australia’s Channel 7 (video below), the sisters, who both live in Australia and spoke on condition of anonymity, suggested Paddock “sent her away” so he could carry out his heinous act.
“She didn’t even know that she was going to the Philippines, until Steve said ‘Marilou, I found you a cheap ticket to the Philippines,'” one of the women said. “She was sent away. She was [sent] away so that she will not be there to interfere with what he’s planning. … so that he can plan what he is planning without interruptions.”
2. Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines.
During the week leading up to the massacre, Paddock wired $100,000 dollars to an account in the Phillipines, where Danley was visiting her family since Sept. 22 after he had purchased her a ticket. While it appears that the money was meant for Danley or her family, officials say they have not confirmed the purpose of the transfer.