Segment 4 of 9: The UT Sniper, Dissecting the Life and Legacy of Charles Whitman (Honoring Neal Spelce, News Reporter.)

In this segment we take a look at the journalism and live coverage of that day, August 1, 1966, and the courage of Neal Spelce to bring minute by minute accounts of this event. Additionally, we will go over the infamous prank ‘a deer in the dorm’ when Charles Whitman and friends poached a deer and took it back to their dorm to skin. Was there a bloody trail through the Goody Woo Dormitory the officers followed to find their suspects?

Next, we will explore Mary Frances Gabour Lamport’s memories of the day she and her family were shot in the stairwell of the UT Tower by Charles Whitman by reading bits and pieces of The Impossible Tree, written by Mary. I so wish I could read the entire book to you! Mark Gabour, her 16 year old son, was killed that day and her shared memories of Mark growing into a young man are so sweet. Mike, her eldest son, was severely injured and lost his Air Force Academy Scholarship but has gone on to have a fabulous life – a true inspiration!

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 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;; Texas Tribune Audio; Kinky Friedman;

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

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