On Sunday evening, Stephen Paddock perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in American history. From his hotel room window at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, Paddock shot and killed 58 people. He also injured approximately another 515 people.
It’s unclear what Paddock’s motive was for this massive shooting. However, now, shocking details have emerged about his family history.
His brother, Eric Paddock, revealed that their father was a bank robber in the 1960s, reported ABC. Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, who robbed at least one bank in the 60s, escaped federal prison in the late 60s. This landed him on the FBI’s most-wanted list. Eric Paddock also noted that they did not know their father very well.
The FBI most wanted poster from 1969 notes that Benjamin Paddock had been “diagnosed as psychopathic, has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies” and “reportedly has suicidal tendencies and should be considered armed and very dangerous.”
While Paddock was still on the run, the agent in charge of the FBI office, Palmer M. Baker Jr., warned people about Paddock’s mental state, calling him “extremely dangerous.”
“Since he has utilized firearms in previous crimes, has employed violence in attempting to evade arrest and has been diagnosed as being psychopathic, [Benjamin] Paddock should be considered extremely dangerous,” said Baker.
Baker also noted that Paddock was “A glib, smooth-talking man who is egotistical and arrogant.”
An article from Tucson’s Daily Citizen gave more background on Paddock. It explained his past and how he ended up on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.
“Known to his associates as “Chromedome,” “Old Baldy,” and “Big Daddy,” Benjamin Hoskins Paddock is Tucson’s contribution to the FBI’s list of 10 most-wanted fugitives. He made the list after escaping on Dec. 31, 1968, from the Federal Correctional Institution at La Tuna, Texas," said the article.
The article relates how, when he escaped, Paddock was serving a 20-year sentence for robbing a Phoenix bank in 1960. At the time, he hadn’t been heard from since he escaped the federal prison.
The article continued, “At the time of the robbery, Paddock lived in Tucson with his wife and four children,” one of which, of course, would have been the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock.
Benjamin Paddock, who was 34 years old at the time, “sold garbage disposal units here under the business name of Arizona Disposer “Chromedome” Co. He also called himself “Big Daddy” in connection with a nightclub operation on North 1st Avenue.”
He was imprisoned for the “S4,620 holdup of a branch of the Valley National Bank in Phoenix.” However, as the article notes, Paddock was also accused of two other bank robberies.
Paddock also showed himself to be incredibly violent. In addition to armed robbery, he also tried to run down an FBI agent with his car to avoid arrest in Las Vegas.
It wasn’t until 1978 that Benjamin Paddock was finally arrested. He was “captured in 1978 in Oregon where he was running a bingo parlor,” reported the New York Magazine.
While this information cannot be used to determine the motive of the shooter, this information certainly gives some insight into Stephen Paddock. It's impossible that having your father on the FBI's Most Wanted List wouldn't impact a child's psychological development.
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