01 August - Charles Whitman The Texas Tower Sniper killed after killing 16

His father was a disciplinarian who beat his wife and his sons and he expected them to emulate his social rise. His son, Charles, however, was frequently in trouble for pranks and regretted the few times he hit his new wife, but he did fulfil his father’s wish that everyone in Texas would know the Whitman name.

In the early hours of this morning he killed his mother and wife. He ascended the tower and started shooting randomly. After the police shot him dead, they found his journal....Read the full Charles 

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