Las Vegas Gunman's Father Was on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted List

Benjamin Paddock, the father of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, was an FBI most-wanted bank robber known as 'Big Daddy’, 'Chromedome' and 'Old Baldy'. He was captured in Las Vegas in 1960, then escaped and lived on the run for a decade.

He was described as psychopathic, armed and dangerous and suicidal - and the public was told not to approach him.

Stephen Paddock, who killed at least 59 in the Sunday night massacre, was only seven years old and living in Arizona when his father was finally nabbed. His mother took him swimming while the FBI raided their home.

Benjamin Paddock was responsible for at least four armed bank robberies in a two-year span in the Phoenix area, stealing a total of $30,000. He was reportedly armed during the holdups and drove stolen cars.

Benjamin was sentenced to 20 years in jail for the bank robbery, but he didn't stay locked up for long. He broke out of the Federal Correctional Institution at La Tuna, Texas on New Years' Eve of 1968. His escape landed him a top spot on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List.

He was finally re-captured by the FBI in September 1978. He died in 1998.


 

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