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Charlie and his friends often drove considerable distances to play poker. During one all-night poker game in San Antonio in March of 1962, a fellow dorm resident named Robert Ross bet $190 on a hand; Charlie called and lost. He had lost a total of $400 that night. The Texas State Bank check he wrote to settle the debt bounced. When Ross approached him with the bounced check, Charlie was lying on his dorm room bunk throwing a huge hunting knife into a closet door. "Look, kid, my family is loaded.
50, and go back to the dorm. Eight days later, however, he foolishly entered a motion for a new trial; the judge overruled him. 10 The Charlie that Francis Schuck observed had good relations with his family. He kept a steady and faithful correspondence with them all and spoke of earning a degree in mechanical engineering so as to return to Florida and join C. A. in his business. 11 Charlie appeared to be a responsible student. "He seemed more mature than most students, and [was] very, very serious," stated Professor Leonardt Kreisle, Charlie's academic advisor.
Lake Worth's population doubled from 7,408 in 1940 to 15,315 in 1955. 1 Charles Adolphus "C. " Whitman flourished in such an environment. He became a successful plumbing contractor as well as Page 2 an accomplished, affluent and admired businessman. It had not always been that way. C. A. Whitman knew his mother, but he spent much of his childhood in the Bethesda Orphanage in Savannah, Georgia. He overcame a lack of formal education by sheer determination and by out-working his competitors. His ruddy, round face and neatly cut slicked-to-the-side hair complimented a stocky, solid body.
A sniper in the tower: the Charles Whitman mass murders by Gary M. Lavergne