August 2, 2012

From 1966: A Very Bloody Summer

Charles Whitman killed 14 people and wounded 32 others during a shooting rampage on and around the university's campus on August 1, 1966.  He had earlier that morning stabbed to death his wife and mother, making the total he killed 16 and 49 victims.

This is horrifying raw footage of Whitman shooting from the University of Texas clock tower.  What never ceases to amaze me is the bravery of those students who ran out, without any cover, to help rescue victims, risking being shot by Whitman themselves.  At least one of these heroes had recently returned to the United States from a tour of duty in Vietnam.

There are Austin residents who sought shelter behind their cars as Whitman turned his arsenal toward "The Drag," a popular shopping district, and killed several people at random there, people who were certainly unaware of what was transpiring on campus.  Whitman was such an expert shot, he managed to kill at least two victims as they peered out from the safety of their cars.

 Richard Speck tortured, raped, and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital on July 14, 1966.  After breaking into their apartment, Speck herded the terrified women into one bedroom and tied them up.  One by one, he took them from the room.  Only one woman managed to survive the massacre by hiding under the bed and out of sight.

I have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this massacre, but I can't bring myself to write anything more about it.  Born to raise hell. 

1 comment:

  1. Something I find eerie about the Whitman story now is that the same day Austin was host a premiere for the movie Batman. I think there was going to be a parade but it was cancelled. Here is a little info on it.