Like most of you, we’re still reeling from the news of the shocking events in Las Vegas. We are still waiting to learn just what motivated Stephen Paddock to open fire on a crowd of concert goers, killing over 50 and injuring hundreds.
Obviously someone willing to book a hotel room, bring over ten rifles, and wait for a large crowd to gather, had a plan in the works. It’s hard to believe this was just a man “snapping.” Yet the FBI currently claims that this man was not a terrorist–despite reports coming from ISIS itself.
Well, Paddock may not have been a turban-wearing jihadist, but apparently he’s connected to a dark history. News has surfaced that his dad had a serious, criminal past. How serious? Oh, he was on the FBI Most Wanted List!
From New York Post:
The father of Las Vegas madman Stephen Paddock was a “psychopath” himself — a bank robber who escaped federal prison in the late 1960s and landed on the FBI’s most-wanted list, according to reports.
Paddock’s dad was serial felon Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, according to the Daily Mail and a tweet from NBC.
Benjamin Paddock had been locked up in 1960 for robbing an Arizona bank, escaped in 1968 and spent nearly three years on the run before the FBI caught up to him in Las Vegas in 1971, at which point he tried to run down an agent with his car, according to archival editions of the Tuscon Daily Citizen.
Do the sins of the father come to rest of the son? Not always. But this link is too shocking to ignore.
Paddock’s father had a criminal past. According to the report from the 1960’s, he was “considered extremely dangerous” and would most likely be armed. His sanity was called into question, even being called a psychopath.
Perhaps the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Paddock’s brother, when asked by reporters about him, seemed confused that Stephen would commit such a horrendous crime. But it looks like such acts are not completely out of the ordinary, considering his father’s record.
Was Stephen Paddock also a secret psychopath? Was he harboring violent tendencies, ignored by those who knew him, only for them to come out at the worst time?
I can’t say for sure. But this certainly was no coincidence.
Source: New York Post