Patrick Benjamin Paddock, father of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, was a financial institution robber and jail escapee who as soon as made the FBI’s “Most Needed” record.
Stephen Paddock’s brother Eric confirmed Monday that Patrick Paddock was his father, and New York dug up his previous “Needed by FBI” poster, which reveals that Patrick Paddock additionally glided by such names as Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, Perry Archer, and “Massive Daddy.”
His first run-ins with the regulation occurred in Illinois, the place he went to state jail in 1946 and once more in 1953 for stealing vehicles, writing dangerous checks, and operating con video games. “Paddock has been described as a glib, smooth-talking ‘confidence man’ who’s egotistical and conceited,” the Day by day Customary of Missouri would later report.
In 1952, Paddock married Dolores Irene Hudson at a ceremony in Reno. The next spring, Stephen Paddock was born.
When Stephen was round three years previous, the household moved from Chicago to Tucson, Arizona. There, Dolores would give beginning to a few extra kids earlier than her husband was arrested for financial institution theft.
A July 1960 article from the Tucson Day by day Citizen bears the headline: “Little Kids Underfoot As FBI Brokers Transfer In.” It describes the scene on the Paddock residence simply after Patrick Paddock was arrested, as three-year-old Patrick Jr., 18-month-old Bruce, and six-month-old Eric “cluttered distractedly underfoot as Mrs. Paddock confirmed the three FBI brokers” round.
Stephen would have been the one Paddock baby sufficiently old to grasp what was occurring together with his father. The story notes neighbor had taken “Steve, 7, swimming along with her personal son in order that the boy could not hear in regards to the prices towards his father at the moment.”
So far as the household knew, Patrick Paddock was a garbage-disposal salesman who had beforehand managed a nightclub and bought used vehicles.
“Mr. Paddock was such a pleasant man,” a good friend is quoted within the 1960 Citizen article. “He was so attentive to his spouse. He was so type to the kids and he was all the time doing useful issues round the home.”
Patrick Paddock was arrested on July 28, 1960, in Las Vegas, the place he had fled after the financial institution theft in Phoenix. “The FBI mentioned Paddock tried to withstand arrest and tried to run down an agent together with his automobile,” experiences a July 28, 1960, article within the Citizen. “A shot was fired and Paddock surrendered.”
The FBI brokers discovered practically $three,000 and a loaded .38 caliber revolver in his automobile.
Police suspected Paddock had dedicated a number of Phoenix-area financial institution robberies, netting him a complete of round $25,000. However he was solely tried for one of many robberies. In December 1960, a jury discovered Paddock responsible and Choose Peirson M. Corridor sentenced him to 20 years in jail, the utmost allowable sentence.
Whereas in jail, Paddock was apparently identified as suicidal and psychopathic. After eight years of incarceration, Paddock escaped from a Federal Correctional Establishment in La Tuna, Texas, and was positioned on the FBI’s “Most Needed” record.
Paddock was faraway from the FBI’s record within the late ’70s, after he was discovered residing within the Eugene, Oregon, space beneath the alias Bruce Werner Ericksen, operating a bingo parlor. He was once more arrested in 1978 however acquired out on parole; he remained a free man till 1987, when he was indicted on seven racketeering prices in Oregon.
The decide finally let him off with no jail time and a $100,000 advantageous. He returned to Texas the place he lived till his loss of life in 1998.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown