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Father’s History Could Offer Insight Into Mind of Las Vegas Gunman …

When Benjamin Paddock sat for the examination, he was built like a refrigerator and wore a neatly trimmed blond mustache and horn-rimmed glasses that framed strikingly light gray eyes. Pleasant, clean-cut and “incongruously cheerful,” he chain smoked through the interview, offering a gripping biography with a “fluent command of language.”

“He smiles frequently, sometimes winningly, shows occasionally just a touch of ruefulness,” the psychiatrist, William B. McGrath, noted. “No despair, alarm or concern about his fate is manifest.”

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The F.B.I. is trying to construct a psychological profile of Stephen Paddock, which probably includes the family history of mental illness.

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Father’s History Could Offer Insight Into Mind of Las Vegas Gunman

When Benjamin Paddock sat for the examination, he was built like a refrigerator and wore a neatly trimmed blond mustache and horn-rimmed glasses that framed strikingly light gray eyes. Pleasant, clean-cut and “incongruously cheerful,” he chain smoked through the interview, offering an gripping biography with a “fluent command of language.”

“He smiles frequently, sometimes winningly, shows occasionally just a touch of ruefulness,” the psychiatrist, William B. McGrath, noted. “No despair, alarm or concern about his fate is manifest.”

“I get the impression he enjoys being an interesting subject of examination,” the doctor wrote. He concluded that Mr. Paddock was bright, with no history of “mental defect,” and was able to stand trial. But, the doctor added, Mr. Paddock had a “sociopathic personality.”

The portrait of Stephen Paddock that investigators have assembled stands in stark contrast: Reserved, even boring, he was an accountant and

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Father of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock ‘ran illegal bingo parlour and tried to start his own church’

The father of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was reportedly a self-ordained minister who carried out marriage ceremonies and wanted to start his own church as well as being on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list of fugitives.

In the search to understand the psychology of the mass murderer, attention has focused on the colourful criminal life of his father Benjamin Hoskins Paddock.

Although the killer had no previous criminal convictions and apparently lived in the shadows of society, rarely speaking to his neighbours, his father was a larger than life character, according to reports.

Paddock Senior spent almost a decade on the run after he was sprung from a Texan prison in 1968, with an FBI poster describing him as a “psychopath” who should be treated as “armed and very dangerous”. 

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Unlike his son, Paddock Senior began his criminal life early, and was first arrested

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Las Vegas Gunman’s Criminal Father Vanished From Sons’ Lives

People who knew Stephen Paddock — even his brother — were just as dumbfounded when the police said he had gunned down scores of people in Las Vegas.

Even so, it is far from clear how much the legacy of the father, whose criminal career spanned five decades, may have shaped the son.

When the F.B.I. arrested Mr. Paddock in 1960, friends and relatives tried to protect Stephen and his younger brothers. While federal agents were rifling through bedrooms and closets in the Tucson house, a neighbor took Stephen — the only one of the four Paddock boys who was old enough to realize what was going on — to the neighborhood swimming pool.

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An F.B.I. wanted poster

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Las Vegas Gunman’s Father was a Notorious ‘Psychopathic’ Bank Robber on the FBI Most Wanted List

Stephen Paddock — the gunman who opened fired on concertgoers in Las Vegas on Sunday night, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 527 others — was the son of a notorious bank robber who spent nearly eight years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted list.

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock first garnered the FBI’s attention after he robbed two Arizona banks in three separate incidents in 1959 and 1960. He got away with $25,115 — about $210,450 in today’s dollars. The elder Paddock’s arrest was reported in the October 6, 1960 edition of the Arizona Republic.

 

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He was convicted in 1961 and sentenced to 20 years at La Tuna prison outside of El Paso, Texas. In 1968,

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Father of Las Vegas suspect Stephen Paddock was on FBI’s most wanted list

PORTLAND, Ore. — The father of the suspected Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock operated an Oregon bingo parlor and was on the FBI’s most wanted list after escaping from a Texas prison in the late 1960s.

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An Oregon Supreme Court opinion from 1981 said FBI agents arrested Patrick Benjamin Paddock — also known as Bruce Ericksen — on Sept. 6, 1978 at the Bingo Center in Springfield. Despite the escape, He was paroled the following year and returned to Oregon, where he continued the bingo operation until authorities shut it down in 1987 and charged him with racketeering.

He went by different names. Benjamin Hoskins

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Father Of Las Vegas Shooter Was On FBI’s Most Wanted List In The 60s


Father Of Las Vegas Shooter Was On FBI’s Most Wanted List In The 60s

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The father of the perpetrator behind Sunday night’s gruesome massacre in Las Vegas was revealed to have been on the FBI’s 10 most-wanted fugitives in 1968 after the convicted felon escaped from a Texas prison in the same year.

According to CNN, Benjamin Paddock was sentenced to 20 years in the Federal Correction Facility in La Tuna, Texas after robbing the Valley National Bank in Phoenix, Arizona in 1960.

Paddock, who went by multiple aliases such as Perry Archer, Benjamin J. Butler, Leo Genstein and Big Daddy, attempted to run over police officers with his vehicle during his arrest.

NBC News reported that the now-deceased criminal was accused of stealing a cumulative

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Las Vegas Shooter’s Father Was On FBI Most Wanted List

Las Vegas (CBS Local) — In an odd twist, the father of the accused Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, was a convicted bank robber who was once on the FBI’s Most Wanted list after escaping prison in the 1960’s.

The revelation came in an interview with Paddock’s brother, Eric, earlier Monday. According to the Orlando SentinelBenjamin Hoskins Paddock, who also went by Patrick Benjamin Paddock, robbed the the Valley National Bank in Phoenix in 1960. He was arrested in Las Vegas that year and tried to run an FBI agent over with his car before he was captured.

After escaping from a federal prison in La Tuna, Texas, he was placed on the most-wanted list. He had severed eight years of his 20-year sentence. The elder Paddock was removed from the most-wanted list in 1977 and captured in Springfield, Oregon, in 1978. He had opened a bingo parlor for a

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Las Vegas Shooter’s Father Was On FBI Most Wanted List

Las Vegas (CBS Local) — In an odd twist, the father of the accused Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, was a convicted bank robber who was once on the FBI’s Most Wanted list after escaping prison in the 1960’s.

The revelation came in an interview with Paddock’s brother, Eric, earlier Monday. According to the Orlando SentinelBenjamin Hoskins Paddock, who also went by Patrick Benjamin Paddock, robbed the the Valley National Bank in Phoenix in 1960. He was arrested in Las Vegas that year and tried to run an FBI agent over with his car before he was captured.

After escaping from a federal prison in La Tuna, Texas, he was placed on the most-wanted list. He had severed eight years of his 20-year sentence. The elder Paddock was removed from the most-wanted list in 1977 and captured in Springfield, Oregon, in 1978. He had opened a bingo parlor for a

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The Las Vegas shooter’s father was a diagnosed psychopath and on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list


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Benjamin
Hoskins Paddock, the father of Stephen Paddock, the man
identified as the gunman who killed at least 58 people at a
country music festival on Sunday, in an undated photo from the
FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives archives.

Courtesy FBI/Handout via REUTERS

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, the father of Stephen Paddock, the man
identified as the gunman who opened fire on a Las Vegas festival
on Sunday, was a well-known bank robber and on the FBI’s Ten Most
Wanted Fugitives list from 1969 to 1977, CNN reported on

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