TowerDVD - 2017
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The three quotes below are real conversations with the people at the scene and all near the end of the documentary:
Through the years, he remained largely kind of wooden in my mind. But the longer I've lived and the more I've seen, these precious little children who grow up and do sometimes horrible things, the more I have come to think of him as a very confused, very damaged young man. He died at about 25. There's a picture of him standing at three years old, holding a rifle on either side on the beach. I just think of him when he was that three-year-old who would have been sitting in my lap, you know. I'm a teacher, and I love that age. So much promise and so much hope. How can I hate somebody like that? I can't hate him, in spite of the incredible damage that he's done. I can't hate him. I just can't do that.
- Do you forgive him?
I forgive him, yes. How can I not forgive? I've been forgiven so much.
I remember looking at the Tower, of course, a lot. And from the Main Mall you can see there's a biblical line from the Bible. "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." I've thought about it. One of the truths I learned... Is that there are monsters that walk among us. There are people out there that think unthinkable thoughts and then do unthinkable things.
The horror of these, the sick among us, must be found in the horror of our hyper-civilization. A strange pandering to violence, a disrespect for life, fostered in part by governments which, in pursuit of the doctrine of self-defense, teach their youth to kill and to maim. A society in which the most popular newspaper cartoon strips, television programs, and movies are those that can invent new means of perpetrating bodily harm. A people who somehow can remain silent while their own civilization seems to crumble under the force of the caveman's philosophy - that might makes right. It seems likely that Charles Joseph Whitman's crime was society's crime.
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