An odd thing about that Las Vegas shooter's father
October 4, 2017 6:53pm CST
You may have read that the father of Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, was a convicted bank robber and had been on the FBI's ten most wanted list. The odd part to me is that Benjamin, the father, was serving time in a Texas federal prison, escaped and settled in Springfield, Oregon under the assumed name Bruce Ericksen. He operated the first bingo parlor in Oregon in 1977. I remember seeing that rather seedy looking storefront when driving down the main street. The FBI caught up with him in 1978, but he was paroled in 1979 (so fast?). Many local residents wrote letters and signed petitions on his behalf. He returned to Oregon, ran bingo parlors again, but got in trouble for rolling back odometers in an illegal business he ran. He paid a big fine, then moved to Texas, where he died in 1998. His sons apparently never lived here with him.
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• Midland, Michigan
8 Oct 17
@TheHorse It took a very long time to affect him if that was partially the reason for his actions. Although, after reading about the father's criminal history, I felt like the son possibly got some of his damaged genes even though I've no clue whether that type of thing can be passed on or not. The kids never knew their father was in prison when they were living with their mom. The son was controlling and somehow that may have impacted his actions, but how, we may never know.
• Laguna Woods, California
7 Oct 17
@JamesHxstatic - Some people just seem to have trouble living an honest life, even when they are given the opportunity. He could have kept running the Bingo parlors and made a good life for himself, if he had avoided rolling back odometers. It's a shame. He was a terrible example for his sons, but hardly bad enough to cause one son to shoot hundreds of people from a hotel room. It is hard to explain that, isn't it?