More information about Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, is making its way to the public, as reported by the Inquisitr. Paddock once sued a Las Vegas hotel, and although Stephen may not have had a criminal history in Las Vegas, his father certainly did. Known as either Patrick Benjamin Hoskins Paddock or Patrick Benjamin Hoskins or Patrick Benjamin Hoskins or Benjamin “Chromedome” Paddock, Stephen’s dad was a bank robber decades ago. The older Paddock also had several other nicknames, and just like his infamous son, folks who knew him were surprised by his criminal activities.
According to New York Magazine, the older Paddock escaped from federal prison and made it onto the FBI’s Most Wanted list. During the 1960s and early 1970s, Paddock was in trouble with the law. Patrick Benjamin was in trouble in 1960 for robbing a bank in Phoenix, and was ultimately caught in Las Vegas, the city where he tried to escape — the same Las Vegas where his son would kill at least 58 people and cause injuries to more than 500 other folks. Patrick escaped in 1968. Eric Paddock, Stephen’s brother, is the one who broke the news about his dad being a bank robber. Eric can be seen in the above photo.
Although Eric said that Stephen had no mental health issues that he knew of, the FBI poster claims that Paddock suffered from maladies in 1969 and was “diagnosed as psychopathic, has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies” and “reportedly has suicidal tendencies and should be considered armed and very dangerous.” Therefore, it’s not clear if Paddock also suffered from any of the mental issues that his dad suffered from.
Eric said that his family was proud of his infamous dad for making the FBI List Of 10 Most Wanted. The FBI poster describes Paddock as “Chromedome,” “Old Baldy,” and “Big Daddy.” Benjamin Hoskins also hailed from Tucson but only made the list after his escape on December 31, 1968, from the Federal Correctional Institution at La Tuna, Texas. Paddock was there due to the 1960 bank robbery in Phoenix. Other aliases that Paddock used included Perry Archer, Benjamin J. Butler, Leo Genstein, Pat Paddock and Patrick Benjamin Paddock. Along with Stephen, Paddock and his wife had three other children.
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