Charles Whitman  

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"Both The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Buñuel, 1974) and God Told Me To (Larry Cohen, 1976) feature a scene in which a sniper shoots innocent strangers from a highrise. Both scenes are probably inspired by Charles Whitman's spree killing in Texas in 1966." --Sholem Stein

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Charles Joseph Whitman (June 24, 1941 – August 1, 1966) was a student at the University of Texas at Austin who killed 14 people and wounded 32 others during a shooting rampage on and around the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in 1966.

Popular culture

Whitman is portrayed by Kurt Russell in the 1975 made-for-TV movie The Deadly Tower.

The Peter Bogdanovich film Targets (1968) was loosely based on the massacre.

Whitman is discussed at length in the Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket (1987).

The character Det. Jack Scagnetti in Natural Born Killers is the son of someone murdered by Whitman.

The Whitman murders are referenced in the Season 5 Mad Men episode, "Signal 30", that originally aired in 2012.

Kinky Friedman's song, "The Ballad of Charles Whitman", from the 1973 album Sold American, offers a satirical look at the man and the incident.

The song "Sniper" by Harry Chapin refers to the shootings.

Insane Clown Posse's song "The Tower" is based on this rampage.

The sniper scene of John Singleton's Higher Learning is based on Whitman's 1966 shooting.

The old anarchist in Richard Linklater's film Slacker (1990) talks about Whitman's shooting, saying how he was almost there that day.

The book Tower Sniper: The Terror of America's First Active Shooter on Campus by Monte Akers, Nathan Akers, and Roger Friedman, Ph.D. explores the history and personal experience of the tragedy.

Tower a 2016 documentary film about the shootings. Directed by Keith Maitland, it is the first factual documentary about the shootings.

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