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.
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.