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 Charles Joseph Whitman

Charles Joseph Whitman

Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
Death 1 Aug 1966 (aged 25)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 5921 · View Source
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Mass Murderer. An Eagle Scout at age twelve, a onetime Marine Lance Corporal, and a student at the University of Texas, he stabbed his mother and his wife in the early morning hours of August 1, 1966. He then took an arsenal to the top of the Tower overlooking most of the University campus. After fatally wounding a receptionist and opening fire on four tourists, killing two, he terrorized the campus with rifle fire, killing fourteen people (plus one unborn child), and wounding about twice that many before two Austin police officers, Houston McCoy and Ramiro Martinez, joined forces to storm the Tower and take out the sniper. Charles Whitman had an American flag draped over his casket at the Roman Catholic funeral service he shared with his mother.

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  • Added: 21 Jul 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5921
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Joseph Whitman (24 Jun 1941–1 Aug 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5921, citing Hillcrest Memorial Park, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .