These are just some of the books I read while researching for my UT Sniper podcast. I took valuable information away from all of these books and it will be hard to part with my paperbacks, but due to this Coronavirus quarantine, I am releasing early (I still have a few segments to record) and will have my give away April 15th: 1 winner per book, totaling 5 winners! Listen here on how you can win!
The Impossible Tree, Paperback Book by Mary Lamport. Signed and inscribed by Mary Lamport. ” It was on a day in August, 1966, that Mrs. Lamport, her sister-in-law, and her two sons, on a sightseeing trip, set out for the Tower on the campus of the University of Texas. A few hours later one son and the sister-in-law were dead and Mrs. Lamport and her other son were crippled by the gunfire of a sniper gone berserk, Sixteen people were killed that day and thirty-one wounded in a senseless nightmare.” The Texas Massacre on the University of Texas campus was dismissed by the public and put to a back section of their minds. If they’d stayed with the story, they’d have found its sequel in The Impossible Tree which couldn’t be climbed-but eventually was! 45-year-old resident of Austin was killed Monday, August 1, 1966. She was taking her brother, M.J. Gabour of Texarkana, and his family–his wife Mary and their sons Mark and Mike–on a tour of the tower when Charles Whitman attacked them.
Over 50 years ago, a former friend and roommate of mine at the University of Texas in Austin, made a decision to end his own life! But, all too dreadfully, he imposed this sordid decision on his loving wife, his adoring Mother and numerous innocent victims, who were sadly either killed or scarred for life by his insane actions! This is my sharing with you, The Charlie I Knew; whom I introduced to the wonderful young girl who tragically, as it turned out, became his wife; and the disturbed young man, who, as time and circumstances progressed, became overly obsessed with a recurring and horrible idea of shooting people from a high vantage point! Unfortunately, that vantage point turned out to be the Observation Deck of the UT Tower! Learn how we met, became friends, and what Charles Joseph Whitman was really like. He has rightfully been demonized since he did what he did, but get to know a different side of him and make your own better informed decision as to the WHY!
On August 1, 1966, University of Texas engineering student Charles Whitman went to the top of the 307-foot campus tower. Over the next 96 minutes he shot and killed 15 people and wounded 31. Tower Sniper: The Terror of America’s First Campus Active Shooter, by Monte Akers, Nathan Akers, and Dr. Roger Friedman, explores the history and personal experience of this seminal tragedy, enriches public memory, and advances our understanding of mass shootings that continue to haunt America. The authors vigilantly examine the details leading up to the event, the shootings, and their half-century legacy in stark detail. In doing so the authors correct various myths that have been part of the public narrative for decades, such as a brain tumor having motivated Whitman’s actions, that he intentionally targeted certain victims, and that he attempted to make it appear that multiple snipers were active. Witness interviews, examination of primary sources, and handwriting analysis reveal information overlooked until now, including the factors that actually contributed to Whitman’s predatory behavior and how his death and autopsy were mishandled. Employing the expertise of a clinical psychologist who was best friend to one of the shooter’s young victims, the book contrasts current understandings of trauma with the approach taken at the time, documents the long-term traumatic legacy of mass shootings, and describes how individuals and communities can successfully cope with traumatic memories. The release of this book coincides with the unveiling of the newly expanded memorial for the victims of this tragedy on the University of Texas campus, August 1, 2016, the 50th Anniversary of the shooting.
On August 1, 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman ascended the University of Texas Tower and committed what was then the largest simultaneous mass murder in American history. He gunned down forty-five people inside and around the Tower before he was killed by two Austin police officers. During the previous evening he had killed his wife and mother, bringing the total to sixteen people dead and at least thirty-one wounded. The murders spawned debates over issues which still plague America today: domestic violence, child abuse, drug abuse, military indoctrination, the insanity defense, and the delicate balance between civil liberties and public safety. “An outstanding job of chronicling one of the most significant cases in the annals of American crime. . . . Lavergne skillfully researched, documented, and analyzed a case that in many ways defined the concept of ‘mass murder’ . . . will likely become a classic in anyone’s library of true crime editions.”–James Alan Fox, Dean of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, and an authority on mass murder
The private victims of mass shooters are often forgotten. But now, for the first time in fifty years, Listening to Kathy provides a glimpse into the life of Kathy Leissner, who was murdered by her husband, Charles Whitman, hours before he committed the first televised rampage shooting in United States history. With the support and assistance of Kathy’s brothers, Jo Scott-Coe conducted interviews and studied hundreds of pages of letters, photographs, and other primary documents. What emerges is a portrait of domestic trouble that ultimately cut short the promising future of a bright college student and young wife, foreshadowing an unthinkable national tragedy and a family’s impossible grief. Finally, Kathy’s voice and perspective are part of the story.