07 October, 2017
Stephen Paddock killed himself in his 32nd floor hotel room Sunday, authorities said, after opening fire on a country music festival, killing at least 59 and injuring hundreds more.
Decades before authorities say Stephen Paddock opened fire Sunday evening 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 Jr., born November 1st, 1926 at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, appeared on the agency’s infamous registry from June 10th, 1969 through May 5th, 1977 and was described in an Federal Bureau of Investigation poster as being “diagnosed as psychopathic” and as an individual reported to have “suicidal tendencies” who “has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies”.
The bureau’s poster on Benjamin said he had committed armed robberies, had “suicidal tendencies”, and “should be considered armed and very unsafe”. His crimes made him one of the most notorious criminals in the U.S. during his heyday. Another report says that he was captured in 1978, when he was running a bingo parlor. At the time, his son Stephen would have been 15 years old. He was removed from the list in 1977 and captured the following year in OR, where he was running a bingo parlor under the alias Bruce W. Ericksen. Paddock reportedly settled the charges for $623,000. Police said Paddock had “at least 10 rifles” in the room.
It’s the deadliest shooting in modern USA history, surpassing the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last year, in which 49 people were killed. People including his brother, who first reported their father’s notoriety, said that Paddock’s life was surprisingly normal and there was nothing to indicate he was planning such an attack.
Stephen’s brother Eric confirmed his father’s identity and criminal history to ABC News, though he said the brothers “didn’t know him” and he died several years ago. Eric Paddock said the family became estranged from Benjamin Paddock after his birth. The two were last in touch last month, texting about power outages after Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida.