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Charles Whitman

1941 - 1966

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Charles Joseph Whitman (June 24, 1941 – August 1, 1966) was an American mass murderer who became known as the "Texas Tower Sniper". On August 1, 1966, Whitman used knives to kill his mother and his wife in their respective homes, then went to the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) with multiple firearms and began indiscriminately shooting at people. He fatally shot three people inside UT Austin's Main Building, then accessed the 28th-floor observation deck on the building's clock tower. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Whitman has received more than 4,987,219 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Charles Whitman is the 100th most popular extremist (down from 98th in 2019), the 2,200th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,463rd in 2019) and the 33rd most popular American Extremist.

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Among extremists, Charles Whitman ranks 100 out of 209Before him are Matija Gubec, David Berkowitz, Michel Fourniret, Jacques Mesrine, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and Whitey Bulger. After him are Joachim Kroll, Luciano Leggio, Sirhan Sirhan, Dennis Nilsen, Delphine LaLaurie, and Horst Mahler.

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Among people born in 1941, Charles Whitman ranks 131Before him are Barbara Brylska, M. Stanley Whittingham, Fabio Testi, Stacy Keach, Raúl Ruiz, and Andrei Mironov. After him are Sérgio Mendes, Jorge Solari, Gunpei Yokoi, Hisao Kami, Sigmar Polke, and Philippe Honoré. Among people deceased in 1966, Charles Whitman ranks 60Before him are Evelyn Waugh, Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Georges Duhamel, Demchugdongrub, Sadao Araki, and Yasuji Okamura. After him are Wäinö Aaltonen, Marguerite Long, Hendrik Verwoerd, Bud Powell, Amédée Ozenfant, and Victor Brauner.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Charles Whitman ranks 2,200 out of 18,182Before him are Karl Malone (1963), Langston Hughes (1902), Jerry Seinfeld (1954), Richard Rodgers (1902), Edward Witten (1951), and Samuel Fuller (1912). After him are David Baltimore (1938), Lee J. Cobb (1911), Annie Jump Cannon (1863), George Crumb (1929), Henry Winkler (1945), and Thomas Tew (1649).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Charles Whitman ranks 33Before him are James Earl Ray (1928), Gary Ridgway (1949), Susan Atkins (1948), Aileen Wuornos (1956), David Berkowitz (1953), and Whitey Bulger (1929). After him are Delphine LaLaurie (1787), Andrew Cunanan (1969), Baby Face Nelson (1908), Aldrich Ames (1941), Rodney Alcala (1943), and Robert Hansen (1939).