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August 1, 2013

The Texas Bell Tower Sniper

Today in history on August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower in Austin with a large cache of weapons and killed 16 people and wounded 32 others during a shooting rampage on and around the university's campus.

Before going on the killing spree, he murdered both his wife and mother and left a note apologizing and asking that his brain be examined after his death. After being killed by Austin PD officers Ramiro Martinez and Houston McCoy*, the autopsy on Whitman showed he had a brain tumor.

*At first, Martinez was credited with killing Whitman, but McCoy was later found to have administered the fatal shots.

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