Father’s History Could Offer Insight Into Mind of Las Vegas Gunman

Facing prison for a string of bank robberies, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock beamed cheerfully at a psychiatrist evaluating his fitness to stand trial, and mused at length — at times with “becoming modesty” — about his life stealing cars, running cons, enduring solitary confinement and getting fired from a job as a bus driver after playing tag with the buses.

“I’m a third time loser,” Mr. Paddock, the father of the Las Vegas gunman, Stephen Paddock, told the doctor with a smile, according to a summary of the doctor’s evaluation. Though he was in a jail cell in Phoenix, Mr. Paddock expressed no regrets, and claimed to have a genius IQ.

“Maybe,” he wondered aloud, “I’m an alert psychotic.”