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August 8, 1966

Charles Adolphus Whitman

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Moving furniture August 9, 1966


August 1, 1966

Ex-military sharpshooter who killed a record 13 people from the University of Texas Tower

Impetus for police to start SWAT teams which show up late at mass murders in heavily armored vehicles wearing bullet proof vests, hide behind trees until the mass murderer finally kills himself, then take credit for stopping more murders.


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Ancestry of Charles Whitman
1 Charles Joseph Whitman, b. Lake Worth, Palm Beach, Florida, 24 June 1941, d. Austin, Travis, Texas, 1 August 1966, bur. Hillcrest Memorial Park, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, 5 August 1966,  
md. Texas, Kathleen Frances Leissner, b. Velasco, Brazoria, Texas, 12 July 1943, d. Austin, Travis, Texas, 1 August 1966, bur. Greenlawn Memorial Park, Rosenberg, Fort Bend, Texas, 3 August 1966, daughter of Raymond W. Leissner and Frances Holloway
2 Charles Adolphus Whitman, Jr., b. 3 February 1919, d. Lake Worth, Palm Beach, Florida, 21 July 2001,  
md. Florida, about 1940
3 Margaret E. Hodges, b. Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, 26 October 1922, d. Austin, Travis, Texas, 1 August 1966, bur. Hillcrest Memorial Park, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, 5 August 1966
4 Charles Adolphus Whitman, b. Georgia, about 1898, d. Chatham County, Georgia, about 1929,  
6 Cheatham Hodges
7 Marie Smith
8 Charles T. N. Whitman, b. Texas, about 1855, d. Chatham County, Georgia, before 1920,  
md. Chatham County, Georgia, 8 August 1889,
9 Mary Vandalia Goodwin, b. Georgia, about 1862





Jul 30, 2006
God did punish Charles Adolphus Whitman. He died in a Boynton Beach nursing home, stupefied by Alzheimer's, friendless and ostracized, in 2001. (The Palm Beach Post)



By the end of the day, 17 people (including Whitman) were dead or dying, and 33 were wounded. When Gunby finally made it to the hospital, doctors found that Whitman’s bullet had severed his small intestine. As doctors performed surgery to repair the intestine, they also discovered that Gunby had only one kidney and that it, too, had been damaged by bullet fragments.

According to published reports, Gunby never fully recovered. After the shooting, he suffered repeated kidney problems and eventually received a kidney transplant. His body rejected the new kidney, and he almost died.

Gunby finished his degree and settled here in Fort Worth. He raised two children with his wife and worked at General Dynamics. For the last 27 years of his life, Gunby endured kidney dialysis three times a week. He was in constant pain, but that didn’t stop him from being a good provider, father, and husband.

On Nov. 7, 2001, Gunby decided to stop dialysis. He was pronounced dead at Harris Methodist Hospital a week later. He was Whitman’s 18th victim.