After 46 years the Texas Tower sniper killings still raises important questions.
On August 1, 1966 Charles Whitman a 25 year old former Marine and college student started his day by killing his mother and wife. He then packed up a variety of guns and a large quantity of ammunition and drove to the University of Texas Austin campus took the elevator to the top floor and began to shoot people as they walked by 28 floors below.
When he was finished he had murdered 17 including an unborn child and injured another 32 innocent people. For 1 hour and 45 minutes Whitman kept killing until he was gunned down by two brave Austin Police officers.
According to reports armed civilians arrived at the scene and helped the police by concentrating suppressing fire at Whitman. This kept his head down and likely saved lives until the police could get up to the observation deck and kill Whitman.
Armed citizens acting in the truest spirit of the Second Amendment helped the police stop a killing rampage in 1966 Austin Texas. Is there any chance this could happen today?
Can anyone deny that if this were to happen today the police would video tape the civilians and arrest them after “talking” Whitman down?
Whitman did four years in the Marine Corps. He spent 18 months at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina in the early 1960s. The government has admitted that during the same period those who were stationed at Camp Lejeune were exposed to several very dangerous chemicals in the drinking water provided to them.
Some of those who were exposed to these chemicals are now suffering from fifteen acknowledged maladies including various cancers. Among the dangerous chemicals was vinyl chloride which is linked to cancerous brain tumors. Whitman’s autopsy showed he had a glioblastoma brain tumor the size of a pecan. Was the tumor big enough to alter his behavior?
Did Charles Whitman suffer from brain cancer because he drank the chemicals the Marine Corps fed him? The government says just 30 days exposure is enough for them to cover treatment for fifteen serious illnesses with no questions asked.
Whitman’s suicide notes show he fought a losing battle to control urges to kill he could not understand. He asked for the autopsy. Shouldn’t Whitman’s murders be reexamined or does a possible finding that he killed because he was sick from government water make that impossible? How many other Marines committed unthinkable out-of-character crimes that might be traced back to Camp Lejeune water?
Did the poison water cause Charles Whitman to become a killer?