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The Psychology Behind Charles Whitman
Transcript of The Psychology Behind Charles Whitman
Charles Whitman Early Life Military and University Life Adult Life Whitman was born in 1941 in Lake Worth, Florida
A model student and one of the youngest boys to ever become an Eagle Scout
Generally regarded as very polite and well mannered
Was taught how to use firearms becoming an avid hunter and accomplished marksman
Physical and emotional abuse by his father 18 months on Marine duty
Transferred to the University of Texas at Austin
Morbid and chilling statements
Results of poor grades
Exhibited disobedience for the law on a few occasions Abused amphetamines and had awful headaches
Fears of becoming like his father
Psychiatric consultation Soumya Gogia
Margaret Puckett 1B Texas Tower Shooting Making of suicide note in the evening of the July 31
Whitman goes on to kill mother and wife
Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower the morning of August 1, 1966
Autopsy found Astrocytoma Texas Tower Shooting After Math
Charles Whitman had the clear intention of dying
Request for autopsy
SWAT teams and other special operation teams were formed as a result
It is of course one of the biggest tragedies in United States History
The Letter "I don’t quite understand what it is that compels me to type this letter. Perhaps it is to leave some vague reason for the actions I have recently performed. I don’t really understand myself these days. I am supposed to be an average reasonable and intelligent young man. However, lately (I can’t recall when it started) I have been a victim of many unusual and irrational thoughts. These thoughts constantly recur, and it requires a tremendous mental effort to concentrate on useful and progressive tasks. …
It was after much thought that I decided to kill my wife, Kathy, tonight after I pick her up from work at the telephone company. I love her dearly, and she has been as fine a wife to me as any man could ever hope to have. I cannot rationally [ sic] pinpoint any specific reason for doing this. I don’t know whether it is selfishness, or if I don’t want her to have to face the embarrassment [ sic] of my actions would surely cause her. AT this time, though, the prominent reason in my mind is that I truly do not consider this world worth living in, and am prepared to die, and I do not want to leave her to suffer alone in it. I intend to kill her as painlessly as possible."
Similar reasons provoked me to take my mother’s life also. …"
"...8-1-66. Mon. 3:00 A.M. Both Dead." Factors Psychological Factors Biological Factors Social Factors Charles was oddly ideal in the face of abuse
Excelled in socially acceptable activities
Letters spoke of repressed violent feelings
Pressure and Tension within self
Apathetic Physically abused by father
Later had given up on life
Self hatred for harming others
Was brought up among violence
Weapons were common in his life
Brain tumor near the amygdala
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