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Author Lavergne, Gary M., 1955- author

Title A sniper in the tower : the Charles Whitman murders / Gary M. Lavergne
Published [Denton, Tex.] : University of North Texas Press, 1997
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Description 1 online resource (344 pages) : illustrations
Contents Prologue: Weathered metal plaques -- Two very different upbringings -- The soldier and the teacher -- Austin is different -- The nice facade -- Oozing with hostility -- After much thought -- The neat little house and the swank apartment -- The glass-paneled door -- Strange noises -- Houston -- Ramiro -- The general -- Independent actions -- The white headband -- To whom it may concern -- APD -- Why did he do it? -- Who killed Charles Whitman? -- Epilogue: The writer from Austin
Summary 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
Notes Gary M. Lavergne is Director of Admissions Research at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Worse Than Death and Bad Boy from Rosebud: The Murderous Life of Kenneth Allen McDuff, both published by the University of North Texas Press. Lavergne has appeared on numerous television shows, including The Today Show, The Prosecutors for the Discovery Channel, and American Justice for the A & E Television network
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Genre/Form Downloadable University of North Texas ebooks
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1574413384 (ebook)
9781574413380 (ebook)