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charles whitman carried a stockpile of guns and ammunition to the observatory platform atop a 300-foot tower at the University of Texas and shot 46 people, killing 14 and wounding 32, on August 1, 1966.
Whitman, a former Eagle Scout and Marine, began suffer from serious mental problems after his mother left his father in March 1966.
On March 29, he told a psychiatrist that he was having uncontrollable fits of rage, allegedly even he told this doctor that he was thinking of going up the tower with a rifle and shooting people. Unfortunately, the doctor did not follow up on this alarm.
On July 31, Whitman wrote a note about his violent impulses, saying: “After my death, I want an autopsy to see if there is any mental disorder”. The note then described his hatred for his family and his intention to kill them.
That night, the former marine went to his mother’s house, where he stabbed and shot her; returning to his own home, he stabbed her wife to death.
The next morning, Whitman headed to the tower with several pistols and a rifle after stopping at a gun store to buy boxes of ammunition and a carbine. Packing food and other supplies, he headed to the observation deck, he killed the receptionist and two tourists before unpacking his rifle and telescope and hunting down the people below.
an expert shooter, Whitman was able to shoot people up to 500 yards away.. For 90 minutes, he continued to fire as officers looked for an opportunity to shoot him.
This criminal was eventually shot to death after brave Austin police officers, including Ramiro Martinez, climbed the tower stairs to subdue the attacker.
The University of Texas tower remained closed before reopening for tours in 1999.