The 1966 University of Texas Massacre

Mass shootings are sadly commonplace in America today but in 1966 the opposite was true. When Charles Whitman opened fire from the University of Texas Tower in 1966 it took awhile for people to understand what was happening. One group thought he was shooting pigeons. Some thought the victims were part of a theater troupe or a psychology department experiment. The University of Texas has ignored this seminal event in our history, with no official commemoration or memorial to the 17 dead, but the Texas Monthly does a commendable job of piecing together a comprehensive oral history from people in Austin at the time.

96 Minutes, 8.2.16 (originally published in the August 2006 print edition)