The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 2, 1966 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, August 2, 1966
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Blythevllle (Ark.) Courier News- Tuesday, August 2,1M6- Page Hv« Ex-Marine Liked by All W/ib Knew Him U of T Sniper Known As Campus 'Nice Guy AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) - Around the campus they called him "Charlie." It was hard to find anyone who knew him who didn't like him. "Charlie" — Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, engineering student — rained rifle slugs over the University of '''exas campus Monday from 28 floors up, killing 13 persons. The noon-hour sniping rampage ended when police bullets and shotgun pellets cut him down. Then it was learned that in the predawn hours he had knifed his pretty blonde wife to death and fatally shot and (tabbed his mother. Friends, neighbors, faculty members, job associates and university records drew this picture of Whitman, an ex- Marine and former scoutmaster: He was a likeable "nice guy" who joked with passengers in his car on the way to classes. He . "seemed more mature than mbst people his .age." Once a border-line student, he was making good grades and working hard toward his degrea in architectural engineering. He -and his wife were regarded as a happily married couple who shared a love; for children, although they had none. "There wasn't a person : around, there who didn't like Charlie," said Frank Greenhaw, a fellow student and close friend. "As far as I'm concerned, it wasn't Charlie up there. He had gone to the breaking point, and it had to be somebody else." Photographs, apparently taken for the university annual, show Whitman was a handsome, blond, crew-cut youth with eyes that crinkled down at the corners when he smiled, and a cleft chin. He was sis feet tall, weighed 198 pounds. In 1959 he joined the Marines and was stationed for VA years at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. University records show Whit> man was born in Lake Worth, . Fla., June 24, 1941. A university job application form states he attended Sacred Heart grade school and junior high school in Lake Worth and St. Ann's High School in West Palm Beach, Fla. Whitman enrolled in the university in September of 1961 and shortly afterward met pretty, blonde Kathleen Leissner of Needville, the local beauty queen daughter of real estate man and rice grower. They were married Aug. 17, 1962, in the rectory of St. Michael's Church at Needville. "They were just as sweet as can be. They were two of the nicest young people I had met. Re was the nicest person I knew at the university," said Judy Nowotny, 19, who rode to her sophomore classes with Whitman, a neighbor. Mrs. D.W. Nowotny, Judy's mother, said the neighborhood children liked to play in the Whitmans' yard. "He loved children and,they loved him." Mrs. Whitman was helping her husband through school, working a sa junior high school biology teacher and holding a summer job at the telephone company. Whitman also was working, besides carrying a heavy summer school load of 14 credit hours. Dr. Clyde E. Lee, research engineer at the university's Bureau of Engineering Research, said he hired Whitman as an assistant because he needed money. "He was carrying a rather heavy course load, but said the courses were important to him and he wanted to get them out of the way," Lee said. "He was an unusually good , worker, was prompt, and asked real mature questions concerning the objective of the project — not just his job. "The boys working with him Friday said he was in good spirits. There were no signs he.was depressed." But notes left near the bodies of his wife and mother told of depression, repressed violence and severe .headaches, police said. Defense Department records show a Marine special court- martial sentenced him to 30 days restriction and hard labor, but no confinement, and reduced his rank to private for violation of orders. Whitman's university job application form said the court- martial convicted him of "loaning money for profit an gambling." Before the court- martial, he had earned the good conduct medal. Police said Whitman's notes said he had been to a psychiatrist for treatment of depression. Grisly Killings Spot Nation's History NEW YORK (AP) - The Aus-« fin sniper slayings, the latest in' a grisly series of American mass murders, may be the worst in the nation's history. A spokesman for the FBI In Washington said it kept no records on such matters, but recalled only one incident that could rival the Texas slayings. That was when quiet, Bible- reading Howard Unruh, methodically killed 13 persons in 12 minutes on a Camden, N.J., street in 1949. Using an automatic pistol, he chose victims who were strangers to him. Unruh was judged mentally unfit to stand tri-' and is now in the Trenton, N.J., State Hospital. A dungaree-wearing killer accounted for 11 deaths in a two-state shooting spree in 1958. Charles Starkweather, 19, killed three members of the family of a girl friend, then drove through Nebraska and Wyoming in 1958, leaving eight bodies behind him. Starkweather was executed and his girl friend, Carol Ann Fugate, sentenced to life in prison. Last month, a man gained entrance to a nurses' residence in Chicago, and slowly knifed or strangled eight of them. A tattooed drifter, Richard Speck, was arraigned Monday, charged with the killings. Another Chicago case that captured international attention was the 1929 St. Valentine's Day j massacre in which seven mem-' bers of the George (Bugs) Mor-1 an gang were lined up against a garage wall and machine- gunned by what was believed to be a rival underworld faction. The killers were never caught. Six robbery victims died at the hands of Connecticut's LOOKING UP at the stars soon wBI be these four large telescopes being assembled at South Pasedena, Calif. The high-precision star gazers, ranging from 16 to 40 inches in diameter, are destined for observatories of Princeton, Yale and Toronto, Canada, universities and the U.S. Air Force. Construction takes at least nine mouths at a cost of $35,000 and up. "mad dog" killers, Joseph Taborsky and Arthur Culombe, in 1956. Taborsky died in fiie electric chair and Culombe, who suc- cessfuly appealed his first-degree murder conviction, is serving a life term. Another mass murder case, that of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, who killed Jour members of a well-known Kansas farming family, became the basis of Truman Capote's best- selling book "In Cold Blood." Smith and Hickock were hanged for the crime in which Herbert Clutter, his wife and their two children lost their lives. Other Idlings terrorized cities over long periods. In Boston, a man strangled 11 women over a two year period. And in Chicago in 1946, William Heirens, 18, a student, confessed, to at least of the general staff" of the three of a series of seven con- Chinese People's Liberation Chinese Purge Strikes Again By JOHN RODERICK TOKYO (AP) - Red China disclosed today it has replaced its army chief of staff and indicated that other military leaders have fallen in the spreading Communist purge. The army newspaper, Liberation Army Daily, said Lo Jui- ching, the army chief, had been replaced by Yang Cheng-wu. fourth-ranking deputy chief of staff, a popular military figure and old friend of Mao Tze-tung, party chairman. There were indications that the purge also may have crushed the chief of the general' political department, Hsiao Hua; the chief procurator, Huang Huo-hsing; the navy commander, Hsiao Ching- kuang; the commander of public security forces, Hsieh Fuchih; the dtputy defense minister, Hsu Shih-yu, and other defense department deputies. The New China News Agency listed Yang for the first time Yang said in a militant speech at the banquet that he would vigorously prosecute the purge and 'sweep away monsters of all kinds." He said that the Red Chinese army, is 'ready at any time" to move into Viet Nam to wipe out the U.S. 'brigands." He indicated the purge had been set in motion last November by Defense Minister Lin Piao in a five-point directive ordering politics to take precedence in the armed forces. Yang, 54, became a close friend of Mao's and of Lin Piao during the "long march" — the retreat to the Shensi Province in the 1930s. He took part in many battles since listed as 'glorious Communist victories" and commanded the Peking and Tientsin garrisons. nected murders. A team of killers, John C. West, 22, and Robert Daniels, 24, left seven persons dead in northeastern Ohio in 1948. Their victims included a farm family of three. West was killed in a Shootout at a police roadblock and Daniels was later executed. There is no difference In food value between brown eggs. white and Soapy water will douse a fire nor* Duickty than plain water. Army. It did not say why Yang had take over from Lo. The latter had been one of the most powerful political-military figures in China. Lo was not present at a banquet in Peking Monday night marking the 39th anniversary of the Communist army. The keynote speech, which he'usually delivers was made by Yang. Speculation that the purge had caught up with the other leaders was touched off by the fact they also did not attend the banquet. In early days, shoes showed the rank or wealth of the wearer among the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. 4" Foam Rubber For Couch & Chair CUSHIONS • AH Sizes Cut to Order 60 Foam Rubber MATTRESS $10.00 ea. GILBERT'S 600 E. Main PO 3-6742 QUALIFIED BY EXPERIENCE! Be Safe! Be Sure! I"!,.*-« Re-E/ecf YOUR FRIEND BRUCE BENNETT ATTORNEY GENERAL Political ad, paid lor by Becky Bennett

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