The Texas Tower Massacre

The Texas Tower Massacre

Charles Joseph Whitman was an ex-Marine who in his youth had been an Eagle Scout and an altar boy.  At the age of 25 he stabbed to death his wife and his much loved Mother.  He then calmly made his way to the observation tower atop the 27 story Administration Building of the University of Texas in Austin where he barricaded himself in.  From that panoramic view above the beautiful tree-shaded lawns of the 232 acre campushe shot to death 14 people and wounded another 31.

That incident took place on the 1st August, 1966.  The ramifications and significance of that brief period of destructive madness echo down through the passage of time and haunt us to this day.

The massacre was world news.  In 1966 when it happened it was inexplicable and evoked a bewildered response.  Newspaper accounts of the incident were read by hushed groups.  The media ran with the story for weeks.  The event was beyond rational analysis.  The society that we were back in the sixties just could not think with such an unprecedented act of senseless violence.

Whitman was eventually gunned down by two brave police officers who broke through the barricade protecting the crazed gunman.  Many equally brave private citizens grabbed hunting rifles from their vehicles and gave covering fire for the police to make their assault.  Due to the rapid reaction of the police and citizens, the whole affair from the firing of Whitman’s first shot to the final burst of police gunfire that killed him, was over in one hour and thirty six minutes.

The ‘Texas Tower Massacre’ was an unprecedented event that disturbed the psyche of the whole western world.  Terrible acts of violence were not of course unknown to history,  but prior to 1966 violence was for a reason.  The reason may have been love, jealousy, lust, hate, revenge, greed, race or whatever, but always there was a reason.  The reasons were always lacking in logic to a more rational person, but there was a ‘reason’ why the perpetrator did what he or she did.   The perpetrator could justify their actions.  The resultant violence was contained within the parameter of that line of ‘reasoning’.  Whitman’s violence was different, it was random.  It was not a violence that was brought about for a reason.  It was death and destruction as an end in itself.  Whitman himself could find no reason for what he was about to do.

He left a sad suicide note explaining that he was deeply troubled by strange and violent thoughts and that he had terrible headaches.  It gave no hint of an explanation for his actions.  The suicide note made it clear that Whitman had no idea why he felt compelled to do something that he acknowledged was irrational.

The police report showed that at the time of his death Whitman was carrying ‘some pills’.  From Whitman’s personal diary (‘Daily Record of C. J. Whitman’) we know that these pills were Dexedrine which was one of the very first of psychiatry’s mass-marketed drugs.  Dexedrine has properties very similar to methamphetamine.  It can cause psychosis and it can also cause headaches.  Whitman had been to see a psychiatrist sometime before the shooting because he was feeling depressed by his home situation.

In the age of innocence that was 1966 we never dreamt that a time would come when ‘inexplicable’ mass shootings of civilians would be so commonplace that they would be in and out of the news within a few days.  Then it got worse.  In a bid by pharmaceutical companies to improve market penetration psychiatric drugs were promoted into schools.  The excuse was that they were needed in order to handle a plethora of newly discovered (invented) childhood ailments.  Young children in playgrounds and classrooms began to be gunned down by equally young and utterly drug-deranged classmates.

The perpetrators of these mass random killings have all been on psychiatric drugs… or  desperately trying to get off them.  As psychiatric drugs have spread around the world, so the inevitable shootings and violence and tragic loss of life spreads with them.  The U.S. is no longer the sole province of these senseless mass killings.

The emergence of mass random killings was coincident in both time and place with the advent of psychiatric drugs.  Nothing else but psychiatry’s mind-bending drugs could cause a derangement such as would be required to reduce a person to the inhuman state where he or she could kill indiscriminately and casually both loved ones and complete strangers.  There are no recordings of such incidents, none whatsoever, prior to the introduction of psychiatric drugs.

How many have died since Charles Whitman’s inaugural psychiatric drug rampage?  How many more have to die?  The next time that you hear of a mass shooting check the following day’s newspapers.  There will be a line down the bottom of the article mentioning that the killer had been taking psychiatric ‘medication’.  The article will be accompanied by a psycho-babble quote from a psychiatric spokesperson.  The whole psychiatric industry goes into well rehearsed, disinformation mode when these events happen.

Pharmaceutical companies and prescribing psychiatrists have not had much to worry about in the past.  Next week marks the 42nd anniversary of the Texas Tower Massacre.   Charles Whitman’s inaugural psychiatric drug rampage on the 1st August, 1966 signalled the arrival of the brave new world of psychiatric ‘medication’.  Despite the efforts of some very determined and educated groups and private individuals, many of them victims of psychiatric drugs who understand full well what is causing these shootings, no action has been taken other than to place warning labels on the pill bottles.  That is akin to handing out cluster bombs marked ‘Use With Care’.

A small brain tumour was found at Whitman’s autopsy.  Pathologist Coleman de Chenar said that the tumour was “certainly not the cause of the headaches” and “could not have had any influence on his psychic behaviour”.  Despite that pronouncement it was posited that somehow it was the tumour which had caused Whitman’s behaviour.  The plausibility of that theory depended solely on the basis that nothing else within the range of our experience presented itself.  That is no longer true, in fact it is now either naive or deliberately deceptive.  The pathologist was entirely correct.

Charles Whitman was by no means the first person in the world to have a brain tumour, he was however amongst the first generation of the public to take psychiatric drugs.  We recognize his symptoms now as acknowledged side effects of psychiatric drug medications.

The lack of gun control is also sometimes cited as the reason for mass shootings.  It is prudent to remember that it was the public who, by seizing hunting rifles from their pick-ups, as soon as the bizarre ‘Texas Tower’ circumstances became clear, were a crucial part of the response that stopped Whitman’s rampage so quickly.  That covering fire from the public, requested by the quick thinking police, ensured that the killings virtually stopped at that point.  The public being armed was seen as an asset by those police, not as a threat.  The police were not carrying weapons that could cover the necessary distance to the top of the tower.

 Whether or not we need the public’s guns controlled is not a subject for this article; the plain and obvious fact that we need psychiatry controlled most certainly is.  Until we make psychiatry and pharmaceutical companies legally and financially responsible for the results of the insane marketing and peddling of these drugs, then be prepared for more random mass shootings.

 A whole generation of journalists, almost without exception, saw fit to ignore the blatant problems associated with psychiatric drug usage.  Some are now blinking in the sunlight of truth with recent articles showing a true understanding of the problem is starting to emerge.

 To be fair, it has not been easy without a study of the abundant and complex information to be appraised of the real situation.  Couple that with the bottomless pit of pharmaceutical company largesse and you have the whole problem in a nutshell.

 The Texas Tower Massacre marked our civilisation’s unknowing rite of passage into a new era of psychiatric induced insanity. Forty two years and untold deaths later, enough is enough.  It must finally stop, otherwise we are all mad.

Philip Barton

26th July, 2008

14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by gracie g on September 17, 2008 at 6:17 am

    The relationship between psychiatric drugs and the increase in violence in our society is the unacknowledged elephant in the living room. Few journalists will write the truth when it goes against the pharmaceutical companies that indirectly fund their paychecks through their massive advertising dollars. To Philip Barton, well done.


  2. I read this convincing article by Philip Barton as a result
    of a google for Texas Tower Massacre, that I made after the
    terrible Covina, CA Evil Santa Mass Murders, this Christmas
    Eve of 2008. I opine Mr. Barton is largely correct, as to
    a relationship between pyschiatric drugs and mass murder.

    It will be most interesting to learn, if the late Evil Santa
    was taking pyschiatric drugs or not.

    But, I do believe other aggrivating societal factors add to
    the madness. High on that list is the mass media gurantee,
    of worldwide noteriety, to any sick person who succeeds in
    a mass murder by gun fire, expolosives and or arson fire.

    Then the over laden diet of spectacular violence in films
    and TV, spewed forth by Hollywood must surely be a negative
    factor. Shoot em up, blow em up video games add more sick
    ideas and (now even marksmanship skills) for the unstable
    mind, which may be under pyschiatric drug treatment.

    Let’s face it…our Western Civilization is closer to Mad,
    than most of us realize. And, some amendments to our U.S.
    First & the Second Amendments may well be long overdue.


  3. Posted by Christopher Rath on March 25, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Thank you for writing this. Well done. I feel compelled to comment on the second comment. The societal factors you cite have little do with the actual violence committed by those on psychiatric drugs. When an individual commits such an act, he or she is not thinking about how famous they will become or how they are acting out some video they saw. They are in the middle of a psychotic break with all reality. They have lost all control. They are in the grips of powerful mind altering drugs. There is no one home. The presence of violent images in popular culture can be simply an expression, a voice of anger, rebelling against the violence itself. But more, I believe it is there to numb the rest of us to the onslaught, not to propel the actual violent behavior. It’s there to help condition us so we begin to expect the violence and to accept it as a part of our everyday reality. This is how we stop asking why. If we stop asking why, then the truth will always be hidden. The truth is corpotocracies eat their young. Big pharmaceutical corporations don’t care about us, they care about their bottom line. Follow the money. Your idea that rethinking our basic rights as citizens is not very prudent. Like the wise man said, when you give up freedom for security, you get neither. But, that’s exactly what big brother wants, mute, defenseless, fat sheep to slaughter.


  4. Posted by Karol on June 15, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Philip send me an email, I have lots of info that you could post on your blog about Canadian shrinks murdering psychiatric patients using “Zyprexa pump and dump treatment”.

    Too clever by half: How CAMH shrinks fooled Canadian Justice System and hid from Canadian public greatest case of mass murder in Canadian history (Morgentaler excluded).


  5. Thank you for fortifying what I suspected, Mr. Barton. Something’s in the water alright.

    As always it’s an issue of man’s arrogance. We don’t even know what life is while it is every moment the only inescapably obvious cognition possible, yet scientists dream up some legal “seam” between fetus and human, justifying a murder over the most trivial inconsequense.
    Aside from immediately evident side-effects, the gene pool must be thought invincible for all these man made pollutants.
    Nothing but everything we need as far as the eye can see, but we gamble it all on quick “fixes”.

    We shouldn’t even be dignifying runaway society, let alone government, with rational contentions at this point. We should be splitting off entirely. Libiots left to their own self destructive devices, conservatives with trust in natural balance, insulated from them in self defense.
    A system reboot, this time REQUIRING principles as the only dictator. Even a lib should know that for every irreplaceable unknown, one humbly errs in the right! Defers to what has “worked” for billions of years!
    So complicated?? Theyre wholly incompatible with any and all longevity.
    Time to admit that, and demand autonomy. If for no other reason than to have some scrap of remaining normality to compare against their blight on humanity.


  6. Posted by Louis Kayser on March 20, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Protests are a good way to get the word out about psychiatric injustice.The system relies heavily on the silence of the general news media and the confidentiality laws of the medical system, which seem to protect the doctors more than the patients.Public protests can open a lot silence and that are sometimes difficult to ignore. These protests can be easily followed on the internet, put some pressure on the news media, and get some attention from the public as well as public officials who are unaware of how corrupt the mental health issues really are. Expose! Expose!, Expose!


  7. Posted by Angel Juarez on June 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    nice words,….my aunt was one of the wounded, she still doesn’t talk much about that event.


  8. It most likely was a combination as that tumor was applying expansive pressure upon the amygdala. I let you research the effects the amygdala has on human thinking, actions and emotions. No doubt the drugs of course color the mind in a hue the person on them cannot see at the time, influencing people to influence themselves destructively, time and time again. Whether it was Ted Bundy’s marijuana aphrodisiacs or your local drunkard, or your pre-orgasmic dopamine blasted crach head of today. Chemistry, physiology, sexuality and the brain mind factor will not be figured out by mankind anytime soon, without a good aid. We have built stuff which, mathematically probable, will cause our extermination or near extermination. The irony is that the guy who helped build it, Einstein, would not consider it evil. Yet we as humans, the normal, accept our own extermination staring us in the face daily, waiting, ready and able to be used. By anyone who can access it.


    • Posted by rene peterson on November 23, 2010 at 4:49 am

      that is very true and its tradgic how the human race as a whole can go from being the most dominate race to a race based strictly on lies and deception we do every day wake up and look in the mirror tell people we love them and one day when everything is perfect you hear the gunshot and realize it was you that the bullet hit its truely truely is


  9. Posted by Jonathon on December 4, 2012 at 5:25 am

    wow! this is very educational! I am aware of psych drugs effect and what it does to people. I lost a baby brother and sister because of a babysitter that was on psych pills. this happens every day and is what is making hell on Earth. I am going to do all I can to bring these crooks under justice!


  10. Posted by Barbara Ayres on March 27, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Aware that these posts refer to people who have violently hurt others, mine is about someone who made 2 serious suicide attempts. My post however, does address the issue of how the wrong psych drug can have devastating effects. I have no personal connection to any massacre or tragedy like those mentioned. I do have a personal connection to my mother who has struggled with severe depression her entire life. In 1976, she was put on a psych drug that “made her feel weird.” She told her doctor this and he said take it a while longer. During that time she saved up other pills and then one night took them all. I was 4 and have a vague memory of the event.
    This is what my mother told me afterwards. Before drifting off she thought about leaving me without a mother. (Her own mother died when she was 10 years old and the thought of doing the same to her child seemed wrong. My grandmother died due to a reaction to the anesthetic used for a routine surgery.) My mom remembers summoning the strength to walk downstairs and tell my father to take her to the hospital. Her stomach was pumped and she went off the medication.
    After 23 years of marriage, my parents divorced. Only after settling into a new place to live and new job did my mother begin to fall into another deep depression. It was around 2001. Prozac was the big thing at that time. She sought talk therapy with a psychologist and was prescribed Prozac by her doctor. During the first 2 months she began feeling better, not manic just better. I was away at the time. In the third month. she attempted to slit her own throat. In what was later described as a fugue state she drove herself to the hospital at about 2 AM in the morning. She was put in the psychiatric ward. The psychiatrist on call (Dr. R) saved her life. He kept her hospitalized so the Prozac could be taken out of her system. I am not certain of the statistic, but in 1% or less of those on Prozac it can cause a psychotic break. Usually the initial reaction in the first months is positive and then suddenly the patient can have a severe negative side effect such as trying to kill themselves.
    You would think my mother would never try another anti-depressant again. Rather Dr. R wanted to continue to treat her. He believed the right combination of drugs could help. He also continued giving her talk therapy. After 3 years under his care he found the right combination. This doesn’t mean as a severe depressive you are “happy” or are still not affected by life events. In my mother’s case the right drugs make it so she doesn’t talk about suicide. The right drugs also allow her to know the difference between her logical thoughts and when she begins to have “depressed thoughts.”
    I agree the wrong drugs can be a factor in a person committing horrific acts. I just want to say if the patient is fortunate enough to find the right doctor, is willing to trust the doctor and try different drugs, take the drugs as prescribed, and go off of the drugs as described help from psych meds can be found. I should note my mother is a woman of tremendous strength, but strength also means you will accept help. I actually worked with Dr.R to understand what she should take and how to go on and off of meds properly, but it was my mother’s will to take the meds, walk down those stairs, and drive herself to the hospital.


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