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On August 1, 1966, a sniper climbed the steps of the University of Texas at Austin’s 27-story tower. Seventeen people were killed and more than 30 others were injured. Fifty-six years later, mass shootings make headlines nearly every week. And the University of Texas tower looms over campus, a reminder of one of the first mass school shootings in United States history that has long been forgotten.

In season four of “Darkness,” host Sara Kinney walks through the day of the University of Texas Tower shooting and outlines its legacy among the decades-long epidemic of gun violence in schools. Hear from survivors, heroes and family members about their day in 1966, their lives since then and the state of gun control today.

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    • 4.7 • 4.5K Ratings

On August 1, 1966, a sniper climbed the steps of the University of Texas at Austin’s 27-story tower. Seventeen people were killed and more than 30 others were injured. Fifty-six years later, mass shootings make headlines nearly every week. And the University of Texas tower looms over campus, a reminder of one of the first mass school shootings in United States history that has long been forgotten.

In season four of “Darkness,” host Sara Kinney walks through the day of the University of Texas Tower shooting and outlines its legacy among the decades-long epidemic of gun violence in schools. Hear from survivors, heroes and family members about their day in 1966, their lives since then and the state of gun control today.

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    • 4 min
    Episode 9: 'These people need closure' | The UT Tower Sniper

    Episode 9: 'These people need closure' | The UT Tower Sniper

    Fifty years after the shooting, survivors, heroes and their families return to Austin. A committee pushes for a better memorial for the victims. Some testify at the Texas Legislature, trying to stop a law allowing guns on campuses.

    • 50 min
    Bonus: 'Can you feel safe anywhere?' | The UT Tower Sniper

    Bonus: 'Can you feel safe anywhere?' | The UT Tower Sniper

    College students discuss their experiences growing up with school shooting drills and the constant fear of a shooter. Host Sara Kinney and a March for Our Lives representative go over the state of gun legislation today.

    • 59 min
    Episode 8: 'It's a bleak part of our existence' | The UT Tower Sniper

    Episode 8: 'It's a bleak part of our existence' | The UT Tower Sniper

    Forty-four years after the Tower shootings, another shooting occurs on the University of Texas campus. Survivors continue their lives while gun violence grows as a hot-button political issue. The physical wounds begin to heal, but the emotional ones remain. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 7: 'A loss that cannot be measured' | The UT Tower Sniper

    Episode 7: 'A loss that cannot be measured' | The UT Tower Sniper

    The shooting becomes national news. Students return to classes a few days later. Law enforcement continues its investigation. An autopsy is performed on the sniper. A police officer is laid to rest. Victims start their road to recovery. 

    • 44 min
    Episode 6: 'A state of shock' | The UT Tower Sniper

    Episode 6: 'A state of shock' | The UT Tower Sniper

    Ninety-six minutes after the shooting began, the sniper is dead. Everyone nearby converges on campus. Law enforcement and journalists work to identify the dead. Hospitals struggle with the influx of patients. Friends and families mourn their loved ones.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.5K Ratings

4.5K Ratings

DaisyJaneKipKay ,

Incredible Storytelling

This podcast and the host does such an incredible, thoughtful job at diving into this story. It was so moving to hear from the people who experienced this horrific event. This story feels so relevant now, especially in the context of gun violence in schools today. Thank you Sara and her team at the Drag for shining a light on this story.

cassondrap ,

Great podcast!

Just when I thought I’ve listened to all the good podcasts I stumbled upon this one! The Only thing that could make it better is if they played in the correct order:) I’m specifically listening to 88 the orange tree and normally when I follow a show and sort the episodes from oldest to newest, they play in order starting with episode 1 then 2 then 3 and so on. But for some reason after each episode instead of continue continuing in chronological order it starts playing the episodes of “Darkness” an entire different story. So I manually have to go and go back to the next episode. I think it may have something to do with the way they are dated. Episode one is dated 8.4.20 & episode 2 is dated 7.28.20 and so on, so either the dates are wrong, or the episode numbers are wrong. . Instead of putting each story all under one season i find the best way to organize any podcast is Putting each story in a separate season and in chronological order:)

jgam0103 ,

Season 4 Coming Soon!

I’m looking forward to hearing about the story of the tower shooting at UT. I’m very proud of the host behind the scenes and I just know she’s put in so much effort. She is without a doubt a compelling storyteller and she is passionate about her work, can’t wait for others to hear it!

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