Charles Joseph Whitman (June 24, 1941 – August 1, 1966) as a student at the University of Texas at Austin killed 14 people and wounded 32 others during a shooting rampage on and around the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Three were killed inside the University's tower and ten killed from the 28th floor observation deck of the University's 307 foot administrative building on August 1, 1966; one died a week later from her wounds. The tower massacre happened shortly after Whitman murdered his wife and mother at their homes. He was shot and killed by Austin Police Officer Houston McCoy, assisted by Austin Police Officer Ramiro Martinez.
Charles Whitman grew up in an upper-middle class family headed by a father who owned a successful plumbing contract business in Lake Worth, Florida. Whitman excelled at academics and was well liked by his peers and neighbors. There were underlying dysfunctional issues within the family that escalated in 1966, when the mother left the father and moved to Texas. The elder Whitman was an authoritarian who provided for his family, but demanded near perfection from all of them. He was also known to become physically and emotionally abusive.
Whitman would later acquire some of the domineering personality issues of the father as an adult, while trying to incorporate the nurturing values of the mother. This conflict caused him confusion and frustration.
Although the above issues were of no degree to cause his actions on August 1, 1966, his frustrations were complicated by health issues, a dysfunctional family, abuse of amphetamines, and a Glioblastoma brain tumor that was discovered during autopsy. He was also affected by negative incidents and a court martial as a United States Marine, a student at the University of Texas, ambitious personal expectations and psychotic features he expressed in his type written note left at 906 Jewell Street, Austin, Texas, dated both July 31, 1966 and later by hand "3 A.M., both dead August 1, 1966". After his death, a brain tumor was discovered that experts claim conceiveably may have played a role in causing his actions