08/1/17

The Texas Tower Sniper Ghost

haunted UT tower

On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman opened fire from the top of the University of Texas Tower, killing 14 people and wounding more than 30 others before police shot him dead. Now, some say, the “Texas Tower Sniper” still haunts the site of his killing spree.

Rumor has it the tower lights switch on and off at night, when the offices are closed and the tower is vacant, save for a lone security guard. In some instances, the lights switch on and off several times. On one occasion, an irritated guard reportedly yelled at Charlie to knock it off, and the lights switched off for good. In The Ghosts of Austin, author Fiona Broome claims witnesses spot Whitman’s ghost in “workman’s clothes and a fleeting, shadowy form.”

Today marks the 51st anniversary of the University of Texas shootings. Do you believe Whitman’s ghost is still around?

07/31/16

7 August Events That Caused Hauntings

Goodbye, July. Hello, August! Brush up on your haunted history with these 7 August events that caused hauntings.

University of Texas Shootings – Austin, Texas

haunted UT tower

On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the Tower at the University of Texas and gunned down dozens of people, killing 14 and wounding 32. Some say he’s still there. Tower security guards report lights that go and off at night, when the offices are closed and the tower is vacant. In some instances, the lights switch on and off several times in one evening. On one occasion, an irritated security guard yelled at Charlie to knock it off, and the lights switched off and stayed that way.

Lizzie Borden Murders – Fall River, Massachusetts

haunted lizzie borden house

On August 4th, 1892, someone took an axe to Andrew and Abby Borden inside their Fall River home. Though police suspected Andrew’s daughter Lizzie, a jury acquitted her of the crime. The gruesome murders made international headlines and inspired the famous rhyme:

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.

Given the gory history of the Borden home, it’s hardly surprising the building has a haunted reputation. Strange events at the property include the sound of a woman weeping, muffled conversations in empty rooms, and shoes moving across the floor. One maid reportedly quit after seeing the indention of a body on a bed in Abby’s room.

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