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The Resource A sniper in the Tower : the Charles Whitman murders, Gary M. Lavergne

A sniper in the Tower : the Charles Whitman murders, Gary M. Lavergne

Label
A sniper in the Tower : the Charles Whitman murders
Title
A sniper in the Tower
Title remainder
the Charles Whitman murders
Statement of responsibility
Gary M. Lavergne
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On August 1, 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman ascended the University of Texas Tower and committed what was then the largest simultaneous mass murder in American history. He gunned down forty-five people inside and around the Tower before he was killed by two Austin police officers. During the previous evening he had killed his wife and mother, bringing the total to sixteen people dead and at least thirty-one wounded. The murders spawned debates over issues which still plague America today: domestic violence, child abuse, drug abuse, military indoctrination, gun control, the insanity defense, and the delicate balance between civil liberties and public safety. This volume provides an analysis of Whitman (1941-1966), an American engineering student and former U.S. Marine, as Lavergne attempts to answer the question "why?" with a historical analysis of the event. Using primary sources and photographs, Lavergne details the significant events in Whitman's life that led to the massacre, and also details the life of Whitman, his relationships with his friends, mother and father, brothers and wife. He writes about the victims and where and what they were doing when they were gunned down. Lavergne describes how civilians used their own guns to shoot back at Whitman and how an air attack from a helicopter was unsuccessful in gunning down the killer, but how Austin police were finally able to end the massacre by sneaking up to the Tower and catching Whitman off guard
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1955-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lavergne, Gary M.
Dewey number
364.15/0976431
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6248.W477
LC item number
L39 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Whitman, Charles Joseph
  • Whitman, Charles Joseph
  • Mass murderers
  • Mass murder
  • Mass murder
  • Mass murderers
  • PLP
  • Texas
Label
A sniper in the Tower : the Charles Whitman murders, Gary M. Lavergne
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Weathered metal plaques -- Two very different upbringings -- The soldier and the teacher -- Austin is different -- The nice facade -- Oozing with hostility -- After much thought -- The neat little house and the swank apartment -- The glass-paneled door -- Strange noises -- Houston -- Ramiro -- The general -- Independent actions -- The white headband -- To whom it may concern -- APD -- Why did he do it? -- Who killed Charles Whitman? -- Epilogue: The writer from Austin
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 324 pages
Isbn
9781574410211
Lccn
96050411
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm36024049
  • (OCoLC)36024049
  • 1772827
  • 1772827
  • 2800809
Label
A sniper in the Tower : the Charles Whitman murders, Gary M. Lavergne
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Weathered metal plaques -- Two very different upbringings -- The soldier and the teacher -- Austin is different -- The nice facade -- Oozing with hostility -- After much thought -- The neat little house and the swank apartment -- The glass-paneled door -- Strange noises -- Houston -- Ramiro -- The general -- Independent actions -- The white headband -- To whom it may concern -- APD -- Why did he do it? -- Who killed Charles Whitman? -- Epilogue: The writer from Austin
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 324 pages
Isbn
9781574410211
Lccn
96050411
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm36024049
  • (OCoLC)36024049
  • 1772827
  • 1772827
  • 2800809

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