By Gary M. Lavergne

ISBN-10: 1574410296

ISBN-13: 9781574410297

On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman ascended the college of Texas Tower and devoted what was once then the most important simultaneous mass homicide in American background. He gunned down forty-five humans within and round the Tower prior to he was once killed by way of Austin law enforcement officials. as well as selling the increase of S.W.A.T. groups to answer destiny crises, the murders spawned debates over matters which nonetheless plague the USA at the present time: family violence, baby abuse, drug abuse, army indoctrination, the madness protection, and the fragile stability among civil liberties and public safety.

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2, (hereafter cited as "FBI Files: LeDuc Statement," and page number). Most of the FBI citations are part of the Texas Department of Public Safety Case File on Charles Whitman. Other FBI citations were made available to me by Daniel Barrera. C. A. Whitman, in a conversation with the author on Page 14 26 January 1995 (hereafter cited by name only). Editors of Time-Life Books, True Crime: Mass Murders (Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1992), p. 40 (hereafter cited as "Time-Life"). 3 Austin Police Department Files: Autobiography of Charles Joseph Whitman, 1 March 1956.

A Hill Country resident observed the dead catch protruding from the trunk of Charlie's car, noted the license number and reported the incident to the Texas Game and Fish Commission. The game warden assigned to the case, Grover Simpson, with three policemen, followed a trail of deer blood from the entrance of the dorm to Charlie's room, where they caught Charlie and his cohorts skinning the catch in a shower. Charlie claimed to have wanted to send his father a supply of deer meat for Thanksgiving.

Experienced pedestrians strolling the Drag always looked up before walking beneath the balconies of Goody Woo. Inexperienced pedestrians were lucky to be pelted with only water. Housing officials probably thought that in Charlie Whitman, marine on scholarship, they had a well-adjusted, mature young man who would make an ideal tenant and good floor counselor. They were wrong. On one occasion he tele- Page 12 phoned Kathy at her dorm two blocks away and told her to go to the window of her room. Immediately he ran out to his seventh-floor balcony and, hanging by one arm, dangled over the side.

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