A Sniper in the Tower: The Charles Whitman Murders

A Sniper in the Tower: The Charles Whitman Murders

A Sniper in the Tower: The Charles Whitman Murders

A Sniper in the Tower: The Charles Whitman Murders

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"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, gun control, the insanity defense, and the delicate balance between civil liberties and public safety." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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