A sniper in the tower: the Charles Whitman mass murders by Gary M. Lavergne

By Gary M. Lavergne

On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman ascended the collage of Texas Tower and devoted what used to be then the biggest simultaneous mass homicide in American historical past. He gunned down forty-five humans within and round the Tower ahead of he was once killed by way of Austin cops. as well as selling the increase of S.W.A.T. groups to reply to destiny crises, the murders spawned debates over concerns which nonetheless plague the US at the present time: household violence, baby abuse, drug abuse, army indoctrination, the madness protection, and the fragile stability among civil liberties and public safety.

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She was one of the original class members at Needville Elementary School in 1949's first grade. Her Needville High School classmates were supportive, more like brothers and sisters. " Indeed, Needville was "the home of friendly people," and what neighbors did not know about each other could be learned in Lillian Brown's "News From Needville'' column in the Rosenberg Herald-Coaster. "26 Needville was not a very good place to keep a secret. Many of the town's social events centered around its public schools.

After a number of cruel jokes, gambling, instances with firearms, and butchering a deer in a shower, dorm residents concluded that there was little that Charlie could do anymore to surprise anyone. , while seated on the balcony of Charlie's dorm room, thought nothing of a remark Charlie was to Page 23 make about the university's landmark Tower. " The remark was followed by a description of how he would like to go to the observation deck and shoot people. As they gazed at the Tower, it never occurred to Schuck that Charlie could be serious.

All indications were that she became a model student. She did spend enough time with Charlie Whitman, however, to witness a number of events that could have had serious consequences. One incident involved Charlie, Kathy, and three others in a car heading for a firing range west of Austin where Charlie wanted to try out a pistol he had just purchased. At the intersection of 21st and Red River Streets in Austin, he directed some pejorative remarks at a black man who appeared to be intoxicated. Then he pointed the pistol at the pedestrian about twenty feet away.

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