Stephen Paddock's father launched violent attack in Las Vegas decades ago

Stephen Paddock's father launched violent attack in Las Vegas decades ago

Stephen Paddock's father launched violent attack in Las Vegas decades ago

The FBI poster states that Benjamin Paddock, known also by several aliases including "Big Daddy", "Chromedome" and "Old Baldy", was convicted of bank robbery and automobile theft.

In 1960, Benjamin Paddock was charged with stealing $25,000 from three different banks in Arizona, where he and his son are thought to have lived.

A few months after his escape, Benjamin carried out a bank robbery in San Francisco-leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation to add him to their Top 10 Most Wanted list, according to VICE. According to historical records obtained by PEOPLE, he remained on the list until May 5, 1977.

He had been locked up in 1960 for robing a bank in Arizona, before escaping eight years into his 20 year sentence.

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The Eugene newspaper reports that in 1987 Oregon's attorney general "charged Paddock with racketeering related to his bingo business and fraud for an illegal business he ran rolling back vehicle odometers".

Stephen's brother Bruce told NBC News that, while their father had a history of breaking the law, he knew of Stephen as being "law abiding", adding that he was "not mentally deranged" and "quite smart".

In 1969, Benjamin Paddock was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list, and he was described as 6 foot 4, 245 pounds, and "diagnosed as psychopathic". When he was caught, he was reportedly living under the name Bruce Werner Ericksen and was managing a bingo parlor in Eugene, Oregon.

He settled the racketeering charges for $623,000 and pleaded no contest to the odometer case.

We simply don't know. Eric Paddock says he was born while his father was on the run. "There's absolutely no sense, no reason he did this".

"He's just a guy who played video poker and took cruises and ate burritos at Taco Bell".

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