Postmortem next steps: piecing together Paddock’s motive via autopsy and investigations

As investigators continue examining the shooter from Las Vegas, details are coming to light that indicate he may have had declining mental health leading up to the massacre, with symptoms such as weight loss, deteriorating physical appearance and a fixation with his girlfriend’s ex-husband, as reported by ABC News.

Going forward, what physical symptoms and relational evidence should pathologists and investigators examine to determine Paddock’s motives or potential illnesses? We talk with two experts to find out.


Judy Ho, associate professor of psychology at Pepperdine University; she is also a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Kate Termini, Psy. D., a neuropsychologist who specializes in forensic neuropsychology at Fifth Avenue Forensics in New York