Tuesday 17 July 2018

Shooter's dad one of FBI's most wanted

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock
Benjamin Hoskins Paddock

Decades before authorities say Stephen Paddock opened fire from a high-rise hotel near the Las Vegas Strip, leading to the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, his father was one of the FBI's most-wanted fugitives.

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, father of Stephen Paddock, was a convicted bank robber and con man who was described in a wanted poster as "psychopathic'' with suicidal tendencies. He escaped from prison in 1969, earning him a spot on the FBI's list of most-sought-after criminals. He was not captured until 1978, when he was nabbed while running a bingo parlour in Oregon.

He had been convicted of bank robbery, auto theft and a confidence scam. At the time, his son Stephen would have been 15 years old. Benjamin Paddock used a host of aliases, and was also known as 'Chromedome' and 'Old Baldy', according to his 'Wanted' poster.

He remained on the FBI's Most Wanted list until 1977.

Stephen Paddock's brother, Eric, told reporters outside his Orlando, Florida, home Monday that their father was not around during their childhood.

"I was born on the run,'' he said.

Irish Independent

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