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Unformatted text preview: Harrison 1 Ashley Harrison Rhetoric & Composition Professor Reiley 10 Nov 2007 The Murdering Of The Innocent It has been forty-one years since the massacre from the University of Texas Tower, however, the numerous losses of the innocent people will never be forgotten. August 1, 1966, a mid- summer typically warm afternoon, forty-four(in total) innocent individuals were pegged off one by one, by a man named Charles Whitman Jr.. He was soon later to be called “The Texas Sniper”(MacLeod). Whitman caused the deaths of many as well as the closing of a historical tower in the state capital Austin, Texas. Whitman took the classic tower in down-town Austin and made it into his own killing fortress. This day marked Austin with a historical event, but not one many like the city to be remembered for. Charles Whitman took many innocent lives in the sudden blink of an eye, but he transformed the police forces of the 1960s forever. Charles Joseph Whitman Jr. entered this world as a brother, a son, and an intellectual. He was born on “June 24, 1941” (MacLeod) and he was on a path to success from then on; or so his family thought. At the age of six, he received a 138 (out of a possible “175”(FAQ)) on the IQ test, and many believed it was Harrison 2 God’s grace that made him a genius. He attended catholic private school in Florida, and played on the baseball team. In the eyes of the people who he surrounded himself with, he had the typical interests of a young boy. However, many wonder if his fetish with toy guns was a sign for the future crime he would commit. However, Charles, the alter boy and Eagle Scout, would never have been thought of as a killer; until you look at his family history. As a child, Charles enjoyed hunting trips with his father and families confidant; Fr. Leduc. However, as Charles grew older something about him changed. His family grew dysfunction- al, his parents were divorcing, and his mother was moving from Florida to Austin. It was now Charles’s time for rebellion. Against his fathers’ wishes Whitman enlisted in the Marine Corps in July of 1959 (MacLeod). Not necessarily for any particular reason, but just to get away. Whitman always enjoyed playing with guns, and hunting, but was that enough to make it part of his lifestyle? The answer is yes. The real reason for his pas- sion of huntsman-ship and cruelty was his father. Whitman once confided in Fr. Leduc that “he had come home drunk several weeks earlier and his father had hit him repeatedly and pushed him into the family's swimming pool”(MacLeod). This event poisoned the relationship between Whitman and his father, who his father would do anything to over power his son. Harrison 3 While Whitman progressed into a Marine induced lifestyle, his father did everything thinkable to ruin it. His father called the government attempting to delete his enlistment....
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