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Today in Crime History: Texas Bell Tower Sniper Kills 16 People

On August 1, 1966, University of Texas student Charles Whitman killed his wife and mother with a knife, then climbed the university’s tower and started shooting. In all, Whitman killed 16 and injured 32 before being killed by police. His autopsy revealed a brain tumor which may have contributed to his inability to control his impulses.

Charles Whitman, the Texas Bell Tower Sniper

Ex-Marine Charles Joseph Whitman, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, went on a shooting spree that began around midnight on August 1, 1966, with the murders of his mother and his wife. The next day he went to campus and dispensed death to 16, leaving 31 others wounded before turning a weapon on himself.

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