Segment 3 of 9: The UT Sniper, Dissecting the Life and Legacy of Charles Whitman (Remembering Billy Paul Speed.)

In this segment we remember Billy Paul Speed, killed in the line of duty that fateful day, as well as talk about Charles Whitman’s casket being draped with the American flag, what his childhood was like as remembered by neighbors and what his father was like as remembered by x-wives and family, and what did psychiatrists have to say about Charles Adolphus Whitman as a person. Also, why was Mrs. Whitman’s body moved from the funeral home? All of this is included in this segment.

Next, we will pay homage to journalist Neal Spelce, then go over the ‘deer poaching incident’ as remembered by a friend of Charlie’s – Frances J. Schuck Jr., who was there that night, spoke with me by phone, and also wrote a book titled, “The Charlie I Knew”.

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

The below are attributions and sources of all segments.

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Episode Sources and Attribution Links: The Tower Documentary; Britannica 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 Gushee: Demons and Doom by Paul Lormartire; 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;; Texas Tribune Audio; Kinky Friedman; Terrell Reagan Out of the Blue;

MUSIC: A Moment’s Reflection, HipHopNoVocal & A Dark Heart/ music attributed to: Jason Shaw/Audionautix; Creepy Lullaby by InspectorJ/Freesound; Music from Creepy Music Box: julius_galla/Freesound ; Tawny Owls Benboncan/Freesound;Waves Crashing – Monterosso al Mare, Italy 03/Freesound;

Sad Song: cheesepuff w/Free Sound; Kleber_KGF w/Free Sound: Piano Song

Bell Tower attributed to News Reel

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Michele Conner says:

    First this was a really sad one. i mean they all are, but this one hit me. i loved hearing about billy paul speeds daughter, that was so amazing. I am HIGHLY intrigued about the book The Impossible Tree. Cant wait to hear more…. also did you know that there is almost 8 minutes of dead air at the end of the podcast?
    Ohhh one more thing I did not know that about the folds of the flag, very cool.


    1. Thank you for telling me about the dead air!! I fixed it. And thank you for the confidence boost and compliments!


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