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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, the
insanity defense, and the delicate balance between civil liberties and
public safety. more... about A Sniper in the Tower: The Charles Whitman Murders