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A Sniper in the Tower: The Charles Whitman Murders by Gary M. Lavergne

The true story of 25 year old former Marine and Eagle Scout Charles Whitman who, on August 1, 1966, shot and killed 10 people from the tower of the University of Texas at Austin Main Building. He killed 3 others inside and 1 other died from her wounds on the ground a week later. During the 96-minute shooting spree, he also wounded 32 others. The night before, Whitman had also killed his wife and mother. The ex-Marine shot people more than 400 yards away and put two bullets through the fabric of an airplane flying overhead before two Austin police officers killed him. This hisorical accounting delves into background information about Whitman's family life; he was not the all-American young man gone suddenly insane as he was depicted in the media. Instead, the dark secrets of his relationship with his father, and a brain tumor discovered during his autopsy are woven into this account of calculated evil. This was a case that defined mass murder, the largest in U.S. history at that time, and contributed to the impetus to establish SWAT teams in cities around the United States.

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Marc Forster 50% 
  2. 2. John McTiernan 25% 
  3. 3. Pedro Almodovar 25% 

Cast Results

Charles Whitman Total Votes: 7

  1. 1. Kiefer Sutherland 57% 
  2. 2. Ryan Gosling 14% 
  3. 3. Christian Cooke 14% 
  4. 4. Topher Grace 14% 

Kathy Leissner Whitman Total Votes: 6

  1. 1. Evangeline Lilly 33% 
  2. 2. Catherine Zeta-Jones 16% 
  3. 3. Sharon Stone 16% 
  4. 4. Ginnifer Goodwin 16% 
  5. 5. Amanda Bynes 16% 

C. A. Whitman (Charles' father) Total Votes: 5

  1. 1. Donald Sutherland 80% 
  2. 2. Vincent D'onofrio 20% 

Margaret Whitman (Charles' mother) Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Pilar Bardem 50% 
  2. 2. Cynthia Nixon 25% 
  3. 3. Kelly McGillis 25% 

Officer Houston McCoy Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Robert Duvall 75% 
  2. 2. Harvey Keitel 25% 

Officer Ramiro Martinez Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Gael Garcia Bernal 50% 
  2. 2. Diego Luna 25% 
  3. 3. John Leguizamo 25% 

Allan Crum (deputized citizen) Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. William H. Macy 100% 

Officer Jerry Day Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Bruce Willis 66% 
  2. 2. Steve Buscemi 33% 

Edna Townsley (tower attendant) Total Votes: 0

  1. No Votes

Vera Palmer (tower attendant) Total Votes: 0

  1. No Votes

Paul Bolton (KTBC-AM anchor) Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Steve Carell 66% 
  2. 2. Jamie Foxx 33% 

Joe Roddy (KTBC-TV reporter) Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Vince Vaughn 66% 
  2. 2. Paul Giamatti 33% 


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