‘HE WOULD PAY US$10K TO RAPE ME’: PROSTITUTE REVEALS KILLER GUNMAN’S TWISTED SEX FANTASIES

A SEX worker has told how Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock acted out violent rape fantasies and bragged: “I was born bad.”

He boasted in text messages about his father Benjamin being a bank robber who escaped jail in 1969, reports The Sun.

He wrote: “I didn’t have anything really to do with him but the bad streak is in my blood. I was born bad.”

The escort described him as “obsessive” and “paranoid” and said he would rant about conspiracy theories, including claiming 9/11 was an inside job by the US government.

The woman, 27, saw Paddock, 64, around nine times from November 2015 to June 2016 when he would visit Las Vegas without his girlfriend Marilou Danley, 62.

Paddock — who made $5.8 million in 2015, mostly from gambling — would pay her up to $10,000 a time.

They even stayed in the Mandalay Bay, from where he was to open fire on a music festival, slaughtering 58 before killing himself.

The escort, who does not want to be named, said: “When I first met Stephen I had left an abusive relationship and was starting all over again with nothing but the clothes I was wearing.

“He seemed like he wanted to help. We would go to the casinos together and he would spend hours drinking and gambling.

“But when he would have a winning streak, we would go back and have really aggressive and violent sex.”

The Sun was shown text messages which appeared to show Paddock discussing tying her up “as you scream for help”.

The escort broke off contact when she started a new relationship.

She said: “He had a dark and twisted side. But even so, I could never have imagined he would do something like this.”

Police are still at a loss over a motive for Paddock’s rampage a week ago.

The comments from the sex worker come days after a US official said investigators believe the Las Vegas shooter may have hired a prostitute in the days before the shooting and are interviewing call girls as they look for clues into his motive.

Officials have reportedly confirmed a woman who was seen with gunman Stephen Paddock days before the massacre was a prostitute, according to ABC News.

Another official said Friday that prostitutes are among the hundreds of leads they are pursuing as part of their investigation into Paddock.

The official, who was briefed by federal law enforcement officials, wasn’t authorised to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The official also said that Paddock had taken at least a dozen cruises out of the US in the last few years, most with his girlfriend Marilou Danley. At least one sailed to the Middle East.

So far, examinations of Paddock’s politics, finances, any possible radicalisation and his social behaviour — typical investigative avenues that have helped uncover the motive in past shootings — have turned up little. “We still do not have a clear motive or reason why,” Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said.

“We have looked at literally everything.”

The FBI announced that billboards would go up around the city asking anyone in the US with information to phone 800-CALL-FBI.

“If you know something, say something,” said Aaron Rouse, agent in charge of the Las Vegas FBI office.

“We will not stop until we have the truth.”

Paddock, a reclusive 64-year-old high-stakes gambler, rained bullets on the crowd at a country music festival Sunday night from his 32nd-floor hotel suite, killing 58 and wounding hundreds before taking his own life. McMahill said investigators had reviewed voluminous video from the casino and don’t think Paddock had an accomplice in the shooting, but they want to know if anyone knew about his plot beforehand.

It is unusual to have so few hints of a motive five days after a mass shooting.

Photos of some of the 58 victims of Sunday night's mass shooting are seen at a makeshift memorial on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, October 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Picture: AFP / Robyn Beck

Photos of some of the 58 victims of Sunday night’s mass shooting are seen at a makeshift memorial on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, October 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Picture: AFP / Robyn BeckSource:AFP

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. Picture: Courtesy of Eric Paddock via AP.

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. Picture: Courtesy of Eric Paddock via AP.Source:AP

Marilou Danley was the girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock. Picture: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP.

Marilou Danley was the girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock. Picture: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP.Source:AP

In previous mass killings or terrorist attacks, killers left notes, social media postings and information on a computer — or even phoned police.

“The lack of a social media footprint is likely intentional,” said Erroll Southers, director of homegrown violent extremism studies at the University of Southern California.

“We’re so used to, in the first 24 to 48 hours, being able to review social media posts. If they don’t leave us a note behind or a manifesto behind, and we’re not seeing that, that’s what’s making this longer.”

What officers have found is that Paddock planned his attack meticulously. He requested an upper-floor room overlooking the festival, stockpiled 23 guns, a dozen of them modified to fire continuously like an automatic weapon, and set up cameras inside and outside his room to watch for approaching officers.

In a possible sign he was contemplating massacres at other sites, he also booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September, according to authorities reconstructing his movements leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

A 'Vegas Strong' banner hangs near the 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas' sign at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, October 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On October 1. Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

A ‘Vegas Strong’ banner hangs near the ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, October 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On October 1. Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.Source:AFP

The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, that Stephen Paddock fired from, Las Vegas, Nevada on October 4, 2017. Picture: AFP / Robyn Beck.

The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, that Stephen Paddock fired from, Las Vegas, Nevada on October 4, 2017. Picture: AFP / Robyn Beck.Source:AFP

His arsenal also included tracer rounds that can improve a shooter’s firing accuracy in the dark, a law enforcement official told AP. It wasn’t clear whether Paddock fired any of the illuminated bullets during the high-rise massacre.

Paddock bought 1,000 rounds of the .308-caliber and .223-caliber tracer ammunition from a private buyer he met at a Phoenix gun show, a law enforcement official not authorised to comment on the investigation said on condition of anonymity.

Tracer rounds illuminate their path so a gunman can home in on targets at night. But they can also give away the shooter’s position.

Video shot of the pandemonium that erupted when Paddock started strafing the festival showed a muzzle flash from his room at the Mandalay Bay resort, but bullets weren’t visible in the night sky.

Investigators are looking into Paddock’s mental health and any medications he was on, McMahill said.

His girlfriend, Danley, told FBI agents Wednesday that she had not noticed any changes in his mental state or indications he could become violent, the federal official said.

Paddock sent Danley on a trip to her native Philippines before the attack, and she was unaware of his plans and devastated when she learned of the carnage while overseas, she said in a statement.

– With AP

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