The girlfriend of Vegas terror, Stephen Paddock, has said she had no idea of the massacre he was planning — and only thought he was breaking up with her when he shipped her off to the Philippines and then wired her $100,000.
Marilou Danley said through her attorney that Paddock sent her on a week-long trip to visit family in the Philippines before he carried out the worst mass killing in US history and wired her the large sum of cash while she was there.
She said rather, she saw that as a sign he was going to end their relationship, not end 59 lives in a hail of gunfire.
“At first, I thought the unexpected trip home and the money was a way of breaking up with me,” she said in a statement read by attorney Matthew Lombard while she was still being questioned by the FBI.
“He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen.”
Danley was travelling to Southeast Asia when Paddock went on the deadly spree that killed 59 people and injuring more than 500, but returned to the US to aid investigators, according to the statement.
“I voluntarily flew back to America because I knew the FBI and Las Vegas Police Department wanted to talk to me, and I wanted to talk to them,” she said in the statement.
It was revealed earlier in the day that she told her brother she has a “clean conscience” about the tragedy.
The self-described “proud mom and grandma who lives life to the fullest” assured brother Reynaldo Bustos she had nothing to do with the largest mass-shooting in recent US history.
“I called her up immediately and she said, `Relax, we shouldn’t worry about it. I’ll fix it. Do not panic. I have a clean conscience,’” Bustos told ABC News.
Danley, 62, was raised in the Philippines, her brother said. She later moved to Australia and then the US.
Paddock and Danley met at a casino, the killer’s brother Eric Paddock revealed to Reuters on Wednesday, adding that she put up with the madman’s quirks — such as his professed allergy to certain chemicals.
“The reason Mary Lou [sic] looks so plain in that picture they keep posting of her is because for him she would not wear perfumes or hair sprays or anything with scents in it because it affected him,” Eric told the outlet via text, referring to a widely circulating photo of Danley.
Details on the woman’s whereabouts over recent weeks has begun to emerge.
She travelled on an Australian passport, arriving in the Philippines from Tokyo on Sept. 15. She next hopped a plane to Hong Kong on Sept. 17 and returned to the Philippines on Sept. 25.
Philippines immigration official, Antonette Mangrobang, said authorities there had been cooperating with US authorities.
“From the very beginning, we have been providing the necessary information that would aid the US investigation,” Mangrobang said.
Danley landed at Los Angeles International Airport just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday and was spotted rolling through LAX in a wheelchair before FBI agents scuttled her out through a side door.
She was allowed to rest after the trip, and investigators began questioning her Wednesday.
They are trying to uncover any clue to what set Paddock on his path to mass murder, and find out how much she knew about the dozens of guns, electronics, and explosive material he had amassed over the last year.
Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo Tuesday called her a “person of interest,” but she has not been charged with any crime.
The feds are also investigating a $100,000 wire transfer to an account in the Philippines that “appears to have been intended” for Danley, Reuters reported, citing a US Homeland Security official.
Danley lived in Australia for nearly 20 years and became a citizen there, according to local media reports.
She wed Geary Danley in 1990, and the couple settled in Memphis, Tenn. They separated in 2013, according to step-daughter Dionne Waltrip.
She met Paddock while working as a hostess at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.
When she divorced Danley, she listed a Reno condo owned by Paddock as her address, according to divorce papers.
The couple lived together in homes in Reno and recently Mesquite, Nev.
SOURCE: New York Post