Kathy Leissner, Class of 1961

Kathy Leissner, Class of 1961

This weekend is the “mega” reunion in Needville, TX, for graduates of Needville High School classes from 1960 through 1971.

One bright face will be sadly missing again this year, but she has not been forgotten. I would like to honor her spirit here, too.

RIP, Kathy Leissner (1943-1966)

Charles Whitman’s Wife–Her Untold Story

Charles Whitman’s Wife–Her Untold Story

On August 1, 1966, the world heard Charles Whitman‘s gunshots as he shot and killed people he didn’t know from the top of the tower at UT Austin. It was the first mass shooting captured on television in the heart of a college campus and in full view of the Texas state capitol dome.

But before his public rampage, Whitman killed two women–family members–in the privacy of their own homes: his mother, Margaret, and his wife, Kathleen (“Kathy”). Kathy was 23 years old, a recent graduate of UT Austin, and a science teacher who had just completed her first year at Sidney Lanier High School.

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