Stephen Paddock, the shooter who murdered nearly 60 people and injured over 500 at a Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas, has a family history of violence, including a father who was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List and a younger brother who had been arrested numerous times for various crimes.
While Stephen Paddock did not have any sort of criminal background, his younger brother Bruce Paddock has quite the extensive rap sheet. TMZ uncovered court documents that show that Bruce has been arrested for criminal threats, arson, vandalism, petty theft, marijuana, burglary, driving on a suspended license, and contempt.
It is still unknown as to which of these crimes Stephen was actually convicted for; however, it is confirmed that he was convicted for at least petty theft with a prior and vandalism. The 57-year-old has yet to be interviewed, but his brother Eric has been pretty upfront and willing to speak to the media, so hopefully, more details on Stephen’s family life will be shed too.
We do know that Stephen Paddock’s father was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List though. Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was described as being a “psychopath” by the FBI in the 1960's, Hollywood Life reports. Just like his son Stephen, who was said to gamble thousands of dollars on a consistent basis in Las Vegas, Benjamin loved to gamble.
Stephen’s brother, Eric Paddock, reports that they did not grow up knowing their father. He was arrested after robbing a San Francisco bank, and then somehow he managed to break out of federal prison. This resulted in him being on the run and he landed a place on the FBI’s Most Wanted list throughout the 1960's and 1970's.
Eric told reporters on Oct. 2, 2017, ”I didn’t know him, we didn’t know him — he was in jail and broken out of jail.”
Benjamin got away with $25,000 after robbing two branches of the Valley National Bank in Phoenix, Arizona in 1959 and 1960, Arizona Republic reported. Authorities did not catch up with Benjamin Paddock until 1961 in Las Vegas, and he was then sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison in Texas.
In 1968, Benjamin broke out of prison, and instead of laying low and potentially learning from his mistakes, he robbed yet another bank in 1971, this time in San Francisco. On wanted posters, Benjamin was described as being “diagnosed as psychopathic.” In addition, the posters read, “He reportedly has suicidal tendencies and should be considered armed and very dangerous [and is an] avid bridge player.”
Benjamin was finally caught by law enforcement in 1978. He was living under a false alias, Bruce Werner, in Eugene, Oregon, and was posing as a bingo hall manager. Even with his extensive criminal history, Benjamin was released from federal prison on parole after only one year.
Benjamin Paddock is no longer alive, but the similarities between him and his son Stephen are quite eerie.