Charles Whitman /// 229

10 comments

  • John

    John Georgia

    Did he say Marine Corpse?

    Did he say Marine Corpse?

  • Sheila

    Sheila AR

    Cannot believe ya'll are pushing bras now.

    Cannot believe ya'll are pushing bras now.

  • mG

    mG tX

    I grew up in Austin and attended UT. What one has to understand is the presence the tower has over that campus and Austin. UT is situated in downtown Austin, smack dab in the middle of a very crowded campus. Wherever you walk in that area, you can look up and see that tower, it literally is the "god spot" for a sniper. When we were students my buddies and I would always ask, "could Charles hit us from here?" Each of us would then say where we would hide. But the thing is, if you did not know it was coming from that tower, you were in serious trouble. There are buildings and hills all over that campus which would make it very disorienting as to where the shots were coming from, not to mention the echoes. I know they had one sniper shooting at him from Memorial football stadium and they flew another one past in a plane, but there was no way of getting that guy unless you went up that tower. Those two guys that reached the observation tower first had nerves of steel.

    I grew up in Austin and attended UT. What one has to understand is the presence the tower has over that campus and Austin. UT is situated in downtown Austin, smack dab in the middle of a very crowded campus. Wherever you walk in that area, you can look up and see that tower, it literally is the "god spot" for a sniper. When we were students my buddies and I would always ask, "could Charles hit us from here?" Each of us would then say where we would hide. But the thing is, if you did not know it was coming from that tower, you were in serious trouble. There are buildings and hills all over that campus which would make it very disorienting as to where the shots were coming from, not to mention the echoes. I know they had one sniper shooting at him from Memorial football stadium and they flew another one past in a plane, but there was no way of getting that guy unless you went up that tower. Those two guys that reached the observation tower first had nerves of steel.

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Thanks mG! Cheers mate! Nic

    Thanks mG!
    Cheers mate!
    Nic

  • Sean

    Sean Missouri

    How long does it take to get a shout out? I donated a while back and I havent heard my name yet. I don't mean to complain, just curious if it takes a while. Thanks, love you guys!

    How long does it take to get a shout out? I donated a while back and I havent heard my name yet. I don't mean to complain, just curious if it takes a while. Thanks, love you guys!

  • Craig Henry

    Craig Henry Carlisle

    Re: Police and "elephant rifles". The NOPD did use elephant rifles against the New Orleans Sniper Mark Essex in 1973......

    Re: Police and "elephant rifles".

    The NOPD did use elephant rifles against the New Orleans Sniper Mark Essex in 1973......

  • Joy

    Joy New york

    Hey guys, I posted here once or twice before with some perspective on the mental health issues in cases. I’m a therapist. Anyway, in terms of warning signs and nothing being done...I wish it were that simple. You would be surprised and probably sickened by how many people have told me they have violent thoughts. All I can do, and I’m legally obligated to do, is basically send the person to the hospital. I’m not sure what the situation was back when this case took place, but I’m guessing things were even worse than now because until the ‘tarasoff’ law, therapist were actually not legally allowed to report anything, even a threat a client made. Tarasoff, a case where an exchange student in California became obsessed with and told a therapist he was going to kill miss tarasoff actually did go through with it and kill her. This created the law where therapists can break confidentiality but only if there is a very specific threat. In other words, they have to have some sort of plan, a target, how they would carry out the attack etc. I have sent people to the hospital who have told me they’ve wanted to strangle their spouse or they’ve sat in grocery store parking lots wanting to start shooting. I’ve called the police and had the person involuntarily brought to the hospital. However, once someone gets to the hospital the hospital will only assess if that person is an immediate and imminent threat. Meaning they ask ‘do you want to kill anyone right now?’ Guess what most clients say? Even if they’ve spent an hour in my office saying these things, the minute they deny it to the hospital, they are typically let go. I’ve called wives as under the tarasoff law, I can warn people who are being threatened. Guess what the wives do? They don’t believe it. So you can see this is an under funded system where people are rarely hospitalized even if they need it and where we are often dismissed by others. Very frustrating process for us too!

    Hey guys, I posted here once or twice before with some perspective on the mental health issues in cases. I’m a therapist. Anyway, in terms of warning signs and nothing being done...I wish it were that simple. You would be surprised and probably sickened by how many people have told me they have violent thoughts. All I can do, and I’m legally obligated to do, is basically send the person to the hospital. I’m not sure what the situation was back when this case took place, but I’m guessing things were even worse than now because until the ‘tarasoff’ law, therapist were actually not legally allowed to report anything, even a threat a client made. Tarasoff, a case where an exchange student in California became obsessed with and told a therapist he was going to kill miss tarasoff actually did go through with it and kill her. This created the law where therapists can break confidentiality but only if there is a very specific threat. In other words, they have to have some sort of plan, a target, how they would carry out the attack etc. I have sent people to the hospital who have told me they’ve wanted to strangle their spouse or they’ve sat in grocery store parking lots wanting to start shooting. I’ve called the police and had the person involuntarily brought to the hospital. However, once someone gets to the hospital the hospital will only assess if that person is an immediate and imminent threat. Meaning they ask ‘do you want to kill anyone right now?’ Guess what most clients say? Even if they’ve spent an hour in my office saying these things, the minute they deny it to the hospital, they are typically let go. I’ve called wives as under the tarasoff law, I can warn people who are being threatened. Guess what the wives do? They don’t believe it. So you can see this is an under funded system where people are rarely hospitalized even if they need it and where we are often dismissed by others. Very frustrating process for us too!

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Thank you Joy for the insight. Cheers Nic

    Thank you Joy for the insight.
    Cheers Nic

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Should say.... we can’t jam up the show with a bunch of shouts. Again sorry but thank you for the support. - Nic

    Should say.... we can’t jam up the show with a bunch of shouts. Again sorry but thank you for the support. - Nic

  • sharon

    sharon wisconsin

    re your comment in ep one that, as a child he had two parents a house and a pool - how bad could it have been? after hearing your partner say his father beat him up and tried to drown him in that pool. it seems like you have NO idea what it's like to live that way. you should thank god and your parents every day of your life for that.

    re your comment in ep one that, as a child he had two parents a house and a pool - how bad could it have been? after hearing your partner say his father beat him up and tried to drown him in that pool. it seems like you have NO idea what it's like to live that way. you should thank god and your parents every day of your life for that.

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