Father of Las Vegas shooter escaped from La Tuna prison in '68


Father of Las Vegas shooter escaped from La Tuna prison in '68

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, the father of the Las Vegas massacre shooter Stephen Paddock, was a known bank robber in the 1950s and 1960s.

One of the Las Vegas shooter's brothers, Bruce Paddock told NBC News that Stephen-unlike their bank robber father-was "law-abiding" and didn't suffer from a mental illness.

Benjamin Paddock escaped a federal prison in La Tuna, Texas, on December 31, 1968, having served eight years of a 20-year sentence, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

A poster from back in the day shared by New York Times underlined that Paddock "reportedly has suicidal tendencies and should be considered armed and very dangerous" and was reportedly diagnosed with psychopathy.

The bureau's poster on Paddock cautioned that he had committed armed robberies before, had "suicidal tendencies", and "should be considered armed and very risky".

Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old man police say is alone responsible for the bloodbath at the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday night, lived in Tucson as a boy while his father was robbing banks. He was removed from the list in 1977, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation web site.

The brandit's son Stephen Paddock committed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. He was captured ten years later in Oregon.

The massacre will go down in history as the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. He was convicted in 1961 and sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

"We have no idea how or why this happened", Paddock's brother, Eric, told ABC News, adding that there is "exactly no reason for this" and that there are "no secrets in his [brother's] past". That description said that Patrick was an "avid bridge player" and that he had a scar above his right eye. He was apparently working as a bingo parlor manager at the time of his arrest, and was living in the area under the alias Bruce Werner Ericksen.

We simply don't know. "The FBI said Paddock tried to resist arrest and attempted to run down an agent with his auto", reports a July 28, 1960, article in the Citizen.



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