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NOTORIOUS TOWER AT UNIVERSITY TO REOPEN
|After 23 years, the University of Texas decided to
reopen the school's landmark clock tower, the site of one of the nation's worst mass
murders. The 231-foot tower on the school's Austin campus, closed in 1975 after a series
of suicide leaps from its observation deck, will be refurbished and a safety barrier
added. It was from the same deck, 28 stories up, that student Charles Whitman opened fire
on Aug. 1, 1966. The 25-year-old former Marine, beset by personal problems and suffering
from a brain tumor, had already killed his wife and mother. In all, he killed 16 people
and wounded 31 that day before being shot to death by lawmen.
Los Angelos Times. November 13, 1998.
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