The Deadly Tower

Senior editor Pamela Colloff talks about tracking down eyewitnesses and listening to their accounts of Charles Whitman’s shooting spree from atop the University of Texas Tower. Why is it important to speak to these witnesses forty years later?

Pamela Colloff: There is a whole new generation of people—newcomers to Austin, UT alumni, people like me who were born after 1966—who don’t know the details of what happened that day. They may know Whitman’s name and they may know that he shot at students from the Tower, but they don’t know a whole lot more than that. And most people who were around then have forgotten the details.

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