All in the Family: Brother of Vegas Shooter Paddock Arrested
We’ve yet to pin down the motive behind the Vegas Massacre earlier this month.
However, we’ve confirmed one long-held suspicion.
As they say, “Apples don’t fall far from the tree.”
One month ago, Paddock wasn’t a well-known name. But one night at a country music festival changed that.
We followed the tragedy in Vegas from the beginning, when 64 year-old Stephen Paddock opened fired on concert-goers. At what some call the “Vegas massacre”, Stephen Paddock killed 58 and wounded more than 500 people during his rampage.
Sadly, the ongoing traumas continue, as many of the wounded remain in critical condition. Moreover, the mental aspects linger long after the physical wounds have healed.
Authorities still attempt to dissect the life of Stephen Paddock in a desperate search for answers. While they search for answers on Stephen Paddock’s behavior, Stephen’s brother Bruce finds himself in the news.
Another Paddock Arrested as Bruce is Busted
Ironically, it was the investigation into Bruce Paddock’s brother that led police to his crimes.
As the LA Times reported:
A brother of Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday on suspicion of possessing hundreds of images of child pornography, according to authorities.
Bruce Douglas Paddock, 58, was taken into custody at a nursing facility in the 5300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, in the Valley Village neighborhood, and booked Wednesday morning. Television news footage showed Paddock in a wheelchair being loaded into the back of a van by Los Angeles Police Department officers.
Documents filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court outlined 20 criminal charges against Paddock, all related to possession of child pornography or the sexual exploitation of children. The felony complaint for the arrest warrant accused Paddock of having more than 600 pornographic images of children or youths, including 10 or more images showing a child younger than 12.
The investigation of Paddock began after evidence was found in a Sun Valley business where he had been squatting, the LAPD said in a statement. The evidence was found after Paddock was evicted, police said.
Paddock was homeless at the time and couldn’t be found, the LAPD said, adding that investigations “recently” tracked him to the North Hollywood facility where he was arrested Wednesday.
Be A Good Boy
There are four Paddock brothers. Shortly after the Vegas Massacre, Eric Paddock was interviewed about his older brother Stephen. Eric claims his family never knew Stephen owned an arsenal. As in most of these cases, the family says they suspected nothing.
Now that another brother finds himself in trouble, I’m sure Eric will say the same of Bruce.
It’s not likely Bruce announced to the family that he enjoys kiddie porn. He might have trouble denying Bruce Paddock’s long criminal record and many run-ins with the law, however.
Dear Old Dad
The father of this clan was Benjamin Hoskins Paddock. Ben graced the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list from 1969 until 1977. Very few criminals stayed on the list as long as Paddock.
The father of the Paddock boys earned the reputation of a bank robber. Benjamin Hoskins Paddock first garnered the FBI’s attention after he robbed two Arizona banks in three separate incidents in 1959 and 1960. In the robberies he got away with $25,115 — about $210,450 in today’s dollars. The elder Paddock’s arrest was reported in the October 6, 1960 edition of the Arizona Republic.
By the time of his bank robberies, Paddock had already been to prison in 1946, convicted of auto larceny other charges. He was incarcerated in the Illinois State Penitentiary until July, 1951.
After getting out of prison, he was convicted of passing bad checks and did another stint in prison. And in an ironic twist, while Paddock robbed banks in his spare time, he volunteered with the Pima County Juvenile Probation Department. Unbelievably, Ben Paddock was named special deputy to handle cases of wayward youths in ’59.
Sins of the Father
Who knows how many children Bruce Paddock sexually assaulted. At this point, he’s only being charged with possession of child pornography. We may never know.
One thing is for sure. This family would make fine Democrat politicians.
A criminal head of the family, who perhaps could serve as Secretary of State. And at least two of the brothers following in the footsteps of the family leader, who would go on to exploit impoverished nations. I could see The Paddock Foundation in the future of this family.
Unfortunately, they settled for regular Democrat crimes. What a waste.