WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS – Over at Zero Hedge, Jon Hall asks some important questions, more than a month after the bloody rampage:

On October 1, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, which overlooked the festival venue. Paddock’s onslaught left 58 dead and 546 injured.

A full month later, and we are still without any answers. Even more worryingly, the Vegas shooting has disappeared from any cable news channel. Even online, discussion over the shooting has all but vanished, save from the more conspiratorial corners of the web…

Where did the investigative coverage of the Vegas shooting go? Why did the story drop out of the news cycle with so many unanswered questions?

I’m generally less conspiratorially minded than Hall or Zero Hedge, but I’m too intrigued about this story. The lack of continuing coverage probably owes more to the lack of progress in answering the many unanswered questions about the crime and its perpetrator, rather than any attempt to silence the debate. There is only so much that the media can report on when it doesn’t have anything new to report on. But that only begs the question why the investigation has been so far unsuccessful with shedding more light on the deadliest mass shooting in recent (if not the whole) American history. Who exactly was Stephen Paddock? What motivated him? Was he acting completely alone? What is the actual timetable of events? Why have the various aspects of the official story been changing so much over time? To keep being curious and to keep asking these questions is not to imply the existence of any dark conspiracy, merely natural human curiosity about a sensational and appalling crime of violence.