Father of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was born in Sheboygan, was on FBI’s Most Wanted list

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Benjamin Hoskins Paddock Jr.

LAS VEGAS -- The father of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was previously on the FBI's Most Wanted list, law enforcement officials confirmed to CNN on Monday, October 2nd.

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock Jr., born November 1st, 1926 at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, appeared on the agency's infamous registry from June 10th, 1969 through May 5th, 1977 and was described in an FBI poster as being "diagnosed as psychopathic" and as an individual reported to have "suicidal tendencies" who "has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies."

"This is one for Sheboygan that never really hit the map much because they didn't live here very long," Travis Gross, historian said.

Gross said Stephen Paddocks' grandfather (Benjamin's father) was a traveling salesman, working for a company based out of Milwaukee. Stephen's grandmother, Olga (Benjamin's mother) was a member of a prominent local maritime family. At some point before the 1930 census, the family moved to Superior, and a decade later, relocated to Chicago.

"Benjamin Paddock was a high school student in Chicago. We found some records and stories of him already getting involved in criminal activity by mid-to-late 1940s," Gross said.

The FBI poster states that Benjamin Paddock, known also by several aliases including "Big Daddy," "Chromedome" and "Old Baldy," was convicted of bank robbery and automobile theft.

Stephen Paddock

He was responsible for a string of bank robberies in Arizona, and records indicate he tried to run over an FBI agent with his car when confronted, and he was ultimately sentenced to 20 years behind bars. He didn't stay long.

Paddock landed on the FBI's Most Wanted list after he escaped from a Texas federal prison in 1960. He had been sentenced to 20 years following a bank robbery conviction, according to a 1978 newspaper article in the Eugene Register-Guard. He was on the list for five years.

"He was definitely somebody that the FBI wanted to find," Gross said.

The paper said Benjamin Hoskins Paddock lived in Oregon's Eugene-Springfield area for several years under the name Bruce Werner Ericksen.

"There's probably some sort of mental instability in their family," Gross said.

Reports indicate Benjamin Paddock went on to face racketeering charges in Oregon. He died in 1998.

Eric Paddock

Historians say Benjamin Paddock's mother, Olga is buried in Sheboygan.

Earlier Monday, Eric Paddock -- the brother of the Las Vegas shooter -- told reporters outside of his home in Orlando, Florida, that he was born while his father was on the run from authorities.

"I didn't know him. We didn't know him," Eric Paddock said. "He was never with my mom. I was born on the run and that's the last time he was ever associated with by our family."

As for what motivated the actions of his brother, Eric Paddock said he and his family are "still just completely befuddled."

Authorities are still investigating the possible motivation behind what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

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