WIKIPEDIA: Charles Joseph Whitman (June 24, 1941 – August 1, 1966) was an American mass murderer who became infamous as the “Texas Tower Sniper“. On August 1, 1966, he used knives in the slayings of his mother and his wife in their respective homes and then went to the University of Texas in Austin with multiple firearms and began indiscriminately shooting at people. He fatally shot three people inside the university tower. He then went to the tower’s 28th-floor observation deck, where he fired at random people for some 96 minutes, killing an additional 11 people (including an unborn child), and wounding 31 others before he was shot dead by Austin police officers. Whitman killed a total of 17 people; the 17th victim died 35 years later from injuries sustained in the attack.
In this segment we will go over the Wikipedia accounts of the events of January 31st and August 1st, 1966 leading up to the tower; continuing on in Segment Two, the first shots fired from the Observation Deck.
Suggested Viewing: Tower is a 2016 American animated documentary film about the 1966 shootings at the University of Texas at Austin directed and produced by Keith Maitland. The film follows the shooting from the perspectives of several survivors, recreating their recounts via actors filmed and later animated in rotoscoping. If you have never seen the movie Tower, you must see the film. It is excellent!! Just follow this link for the trailer. Tower by Keith Maitland
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The below are attributions and sources of all segments.
Episode Sources and Attribution Links: The Tower Documentary; ritannica Encyclopedia; Wikipedia; The History Channel; Discovery UK; American Studies Journal; Catapult Magazine; Jo Scott-Coe; Gary M. Lavergne; Suicide by Cop: Mark Lindsay, David Lester; The New York Times; LIFE Magazine; LIFE Magazine; Crime Investigation:UK; Murderpedia; Daily Texan; Palm Beach Post Texas Sniper Killings . . .by Steve Gunshee: Demons and Doom by Paul Lormartire; Palm Beach Post; HOGG Foundation; KLRN; Texas Monthly; SLATE; GENI; Behind the Tower; San Antonio Express News; A Sniper in the Tower: The Charles Whitman Murders; Greanville Post; The Telegraph; MASS: A Sniper, a Father and a Priest by Jo Scott-Coe; Martinez UT Tower Journey; KTBC; UT Tower Shooting Controversy Exposed; Out of the Blue: A Texas Standard Documentary on Tower History: The Charlie I Knew by Frances J. Schuck Jr.; Listening to Kathy by Jo Scott-Coe; KTBC News UT Tower Shooting Special Report | Austin, TX 1966; Austin American Statesman: John Fox “Artly Snuff”: Former UT student who carried Claire Wilson to safety; Austin American Statesman: Claire Wilson James ; Sniper 66 – The Charles Whitman Murders; Psychology Today; American Heritage; Flag Draped Coffins; Bagpipe Music; Taps; 21 Gun Salute;Officer Down Memorial; America the Beautiful; The Daily Texan: Play Deprivation; Fair Use Rule; Officer Down Memorial Page; KTBC w/Neal Spelce 50 Yrs. Later: Neal Spelce Broadcast Journalism Studio Dedication; British Pathe: Mad Sniper; Austin American Statesman: Neal Spelce Retires; Neal Spelce Lifetime Achievement Tribute; American Heritage: Storm Warning; Youtube: Mass Murderer by The11yaoming11; Texas Tribune; Grover McCains Out of the Blue; BrainMind.com; Texas Tribune Audio; Kinky Friedman; Terrell Reagan Out of the Blue; Tower on Independent Lens; Claire Wilson James Austin American Statesman; Claire James Survived Whitman’s Bullet . . .Austin American Statesman 2008; Baby Boy Wilson get a Headstone; John Fox aka Artley Snuff/Out of the Blue; Tx. Monthly: The School Shooting Austin Forgot;
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