The sniper was charles whitman he was a former marine, a student at the university and he had already killed his wife and mother before he lugged an arsenal of weapons to the top of that tower and started firing pinpoint shots at the people on the plaza below his firing range was five city blocks in this. Fifty years ago, on august 1, 1966, twenty-five year old student charles whitman killed 16 people and wounded at least 32 more at ut austin these events were seared into the memory of everyone living in austin, but historians have neglected the story and, for decades, the university avoided and. On august 1, 1966, charles whitman murdered his mother and his wife before traveling to the campus of the university of texas, climbing inside the tower, and killing fourteen others he was dubbed the infamous ut sniper, but his story involves much more than marine corps training and a proclivity for. Charles whitman (center) with his mother, margaret (left) and his wife, kathy ( right), on 26 november 1963, the date of his special court martial (photo courtesy of nelson leissner) on august 1, 1966, the world heard charles whitman's gunshots as he shot and killed people he didn't know from the top of. Other articles where charles whitman is discussed:incident in 1966 in which charles whitman, an ex-marine and a student at the university of texas, killed his wife and mother and then began randomly shooting people from atop a tower on the campus—though it also acquired an unexpected resonance from the. Charles whitman | aug 12, 1966 previous week's cover following week's cover mass murderer charles whitman cover credit: shel hershorn tweet pin it buy this cover read the cover story inside this issue email this cover related categories: crime, society cover store ad home us politics.
Charles whitman's university of texas shooting went down in history as one of the bloodiest mass murders of the era the incident took place on august 1, 1966 , while the united states was in the midst of the civil rights movement and mass protests surrounding the war in vietnam whitman had been a student at the. Charles whitman: the amygdala & mass murder rhawn gabriel joseph, phd fear, rage & aggression initially, electrical stimulation of the amygdala produces sustained attention and orienting reactions if the stimulation continues the subject may begin to experience, wariness, fear and/or rage (cendes et al 1994. On biographycom, learn more about the unsettling story of university of texas sniper charles whitman, who left 16 people dead in austin. The tower at the university of texas at austin, top, served as a sniper's nest for charles whitman, an engineering student at the school shown in 1966 “the upshot of the whitman story is that these armed students and citizens kept human carnage to a minimum,” david codrea, a prominent gun rights.
Joan neuberger explores how we should talk about charles whitman the time , and even in the days after the tragic shooting, whitman was described in glowing terms on august 2, 1966, the austin american headlined its front page attempt to construct his biography: “'everyone' loved him” until, that is, he “ snapped. On aug 1, 1966, a clean-cut architecture and engineering student named charles whitman wheeled a dolly full of guns and ammunition on to the tower elevator, made his way to the it was the designation of ramiro martinez day in 2006 that finally persuaded houston mccoy to tell his side of the story. I found the story of the shooting and the shooter quite frightening when i first heard about it i always asked myself who was this young charles whitman gary m lavergne clears a lot of this up for me his book is so beautifully written with a clear sense of thought and insight into what was another time that contained a. Mccoy, one of the austin police officers who killed university of texas tower sniper charles whitman on aug 1 1966, was being now he was telling the whole story what training did he austin police officer monika mccoy, whose father houston mccoy shot charles whitman on the tower behind her.
Wikipedia notes: charles joseph whitman (june 24, 1941 – august 1, 1966) was a student at the university of texas at austin who killed 14 people and three were killed inside the university's tower and ten killed from the observation deck of the university's 32-story administrative building on august 1, 1966 one died a. Biographical notes charles whitman was born on 24 june 1941 in lake worth, florida is taught to handle guns at an early age a photograph taken of charlie at age 2 shows him holding two rifles: a bolt action and a pump life relatively uneventful and typically all american in its tedious attempts to find authenticity in a.
On aug 1, 1966, engineering student charles whitman of lake worth ascended the university of texas tower with a trunk full of guns and showed america how one ruthless person can inflict fear and grief on an entire city below is a story originally published in the palm beach post in 2006 this monday marks the.
The carnage ended only when police burst into the sniper's 28th-story eyrie and shot him dead after a brief gun duel the killer was then identified as a handsome , blond university architecture student, charles joseph whitman, 24 photographs show him as the all-american-boy type, but investigation. Bibliography cawthorne, nigel (2007) serial killers and mass murderers: profiles of the world's most barbaric criminals ulysses press isbn 1-56975- 578-7 coleman, loren (2004) the copycat effect: how the media and popular culture trigger the mayhem in tomorrow's headlines. Charles whitman is known for ascending the university of texas at austin's 27- story tower on august 1, 1966, and using a sniper rifle to shoot passersby in the city and campus below whitman killed 15 people and wounded 31 others before he was shot dead by police — excerpted from charles whitman.