Claudia Rutt and Paul Bolton Sonntag Claudia Rutt wanted to be a dancer. In 1966, on a hot Texas summer afternoon, ex-Marine sharpshooter , 25, boarded an elevator in the University of Texas Tower with a cache of weapons, intent on deadly mayhem. The killer was 25-year-old Charles Joseph Whitman, a former Marine sharpshooter. He also wrote that he had decided to kill both his mother and wife. Walchuk is buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Hennepin County, Minnnesota. Karr was just a few feet north of where Karen Griffith was shot — right in front of his eyes. He would have been 13 when it happened.
At some point Crum accidentally fired his rifle. The afternoon of August 1, 1966, he had finished a Spanish quiz early, and he was walking along The Drag when the shooting started. Whitman's family drove from Florida to Texas to attend the event, and his younger brother Patrick served as best man. He was shot at 12:08 pm, between two decorative balusters that separated the upper and lower terraces of the South Mall. This is an actively moderated subreddit.
A monument listing the names of the victims was added in 2016 on the shootings' fiftieth anniversary. Whitman then shot Townsley in the head before exiting to the observation deck. Unknown to anyone, he had already killed his wife and mother in their homes before heading to the tower's 28th floor observation deck with multiple guns. Whitman then fired several blasts down the stairs at the rest of the family, hitting Marguerite in the chest and injuring Mary. At 18, she had just graduated from Stephen F. Having a child at last brought Claire a great deal of joy, but she continued to struggle, and continued to move around.
Mike later moved to Amsterdam, where he founded a motorcycle sales business. That day was August 1st, 1966. Whitman continued the note, finishing it by pen: I imagine it appears that I brutally killed both of my loved ones. Roland Ehlke 21 M I Tom Herman M I Thomas Aquinas Ashton 22 M K Homer J. In 1986 20 years after the shooting , she finally found a psychologist who could talk to her about her unremitting anger and grief, but that help was short lived. Sonntag's grandfather, news director Paul Bolton, learned of his grandson's death as the victims' names were recited on air that day.
On the weekends they would often go rock hunting and explore caves throughout the Texas Hill Country. The 45-year-old Marguerite and her husband, William Lamport, eagerly toured the Gabours around Austin, beginning with a trip to the observation deck of the University of Texas tower, where they could get wonderful views of the city and the surrounding hill country. The massacre is considered the first U. On August 1, the 23-year old Gunby had spent most of the morning at the library. At age 41, Claire and her second husband, Brian James, adopted a four-year-old Ethiopian boy, named Sirak who had come to the U. Why was there such a concerted attempt to manipulate the truth? Remarkably, in statements made several months after the shooting, neither Mike nor Mary felt anything besides pity for Whitman.
They were Peace Corps volunteers and military veterans. He was a recent graduate of Stephen F. He was shot on Guadalupe Street as he browsed for magazines at a newsstand. They were soon met with gunfire. Gregory Vincent, vice president of the Division, appointed associate vice president for community and external relations Erica Saenz to collaborate with the group on a new memorial. Whitman dead on the observation deck Officers attempting to reach the tower were forced to move slowly and take cover often, but a small group of officers including Houston McCoy began making their way to the tower via underground maintenance tunnels. They returned inside, where a guard told them it was safe to leave again.
The new memorial was placed on July 23 and will officially be unveiled on Aug. Marina Martinez F I Delores Ortega 30 F I Student Ortega suffered a cut on the back of her head either from flying glass or a direct hit. Our goal is to have this enhanced memorialization in place by: August 1, 2016. Crazy news welcome, but current events and things to do are more welcome. The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines. As he started to walk a bit south of where the barber shop was located on Guadalupe, the 28-year-old navy veteran was fatally shot in the chest. That was when Whitman saw them.
Boyer was fatally shot before Whitman moved on to take down his next victim, Devereau Huffman, who fell wounded beside a hedge nearby. Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd; 1 edition. As Eckman went to her aid he was shot in the chest and died instantly. His brother and uncle dragged him to safety. In 1961 Whitman was admitted to the University of Texas at Austin on a scholarship from the Naval Enlisted Science Education Program.
Her sister-in-law and other nephew were injured but survived. He was survived by both of his parents and six younger brothers and sisters. In it, he wrote about his daily life in the Marine Corps and his interactions with Kathy and other family members. If you see a violation of these or Reddit's rules, or any other questionable behavior, report it to the mods. Students Jack Stephens and Jack Pennington dragged them both to safety. I can only feel a sort of pity for him—to have had to face his judgment with the blood of so many on his hands. When he was killed, Sonntag had just graduated from high school, and he had been accepted to college in Colorado.
She was seventeen years old and a student at Lanier High School, the same high school that Kathy Whitman taught biology. Tower 2016 , directed by Keith Maitland. Arriving on campus, he couldn't believe what he saw. Rutt was an active member of her youth group at Temple Beth Israel. Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers: Why They Kill. The tally now includes Las Vegas, where Paddock, 64, killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500.