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By Gary M. Lavergne

On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman ascended the college of Texas Tower and dedicated what used to be then the biggest simultaneous mass homicide in American heritage. He gunned down forty-five humans inside of and round the Tower prior to he was once killed by means of Austin cops. as well as selling the increase of S.W.A.T. groups to answer destiny crises, the murders spawned debates over concerns which nonetheless plague the US this day: household violence, baby abuse, drug abuse, army indoctrination, the madness security, and the fragile stability among civil liberties and public safety.

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A. placed a belt on the piano to guarantee Charlie's faithful and determined practice. The elder Whitman later denied the story, asserting that Charlie loved to play. Frank McCarty, a boyhood friend, did observe that Charlie loved to play the piano. For a time Charlie used his musical training to play in a teenage band run by Robert Vrooman; C. A. 10 Even before Charlie began his musical training, he learned to handle guns. As soon as he could hold one, he did. One infamous photograph shows Charlie as a toddler holding two riflesone a bolt action, the other a pump.

A. Whitman's prominence in the Lake Worth community paralleled the growth of his business. Driven to achieve greater social respectability, he joined nearly every public organization in the Lake Worth area. In his quest for upward mobility, he moved his family eight times between 1941 and 1947. In 1941 and 1942 their moves were between Georgia and Florida. After a brief move to Belle Glade, Florida, the Whitmans firmly settled in Lake Worth. C. A. 3 C. A. and Margaret Whitman became the parents of three sons: Charles Joseph, born in 1941; Patrick, born in 1945; and John, born in 1949.

1 Approximately 1,200 miles away, via the Eisenhower Interstate System, in West Palm Beach, Florida, is Hillcrest Memorial Park. Across the street from a large, domed silver water storage tank, a life-size statue above a small columbarium depicts a mother and father looking down upon their young son and daughter with gentleness and kindness. " Here, too, is peace. At Hillcrest narrow asphalt roads wind among the weathered metal plaques. Some of the plaques near the edges of the drive are bent, run over by indifferent and careless drivers.

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