Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, the father of suspected Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddok, was on the FBI’s “most wanted” list for almost eight years.
The father’s name appeared on the FBI’s list from June 10, 1969 until May 5, 1977 , and was described on an FBI poster as a “diagnosed psychopath,” and as an individual who was reported as having “suicidal tendencies” whose crime was “bank robbery”.
The poster indicates that Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, also known by several aliases as “Big Daddy”, “Chromedome” and “Old Baldy”, was convicted of robbing banks and cars.
Paddock landed on the FBI’s most wanted list after escaping from a Texas federal prison in 1960, serving jailtime after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for robbing a bank, local media reported.
According to a newspaper article from Eugene Rigester-Guard in 1978, Paddock moved to Oregon’s Eugene-Springfield for several years under the name Bruce Werner Ericksen. Here, he tried to build a new life as the manager of a ‘bingo parlor’ in Oregon.
He was eventually nabbed by cops in 1978 but it remains unclear what happened to Paddock following the arrest. He died twenty years later; in 1998.