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According to a credit file cited in an FBI report, Charlie received $250 a month from the marines. Reportedly, C. A. Whitman chipped in an additional $140 a month. Tuition, books, and other campus fees also were paid. During this time Charlie moved into Goodall-Wooten men's dorm. , suggested to dorm officials that Charlie would make a good counselor. Schuck and Charlie were interviewed by the dean of men and the owner of the dorm and were offered jobs, which meant free boarding, and hence, extra money Charlie had plenty of resources to live very well as a college student.
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.
Whitman believed his sons were "spoiled rotten," and some Lake Worth neighbors agreed. He provided well for the material wants of his entire family, even his mother; he bought the house next door to his home for her. Later, C. A. provided each of the family members with new cars, and all of the boys had motorcycles. In return, however, he expected much. "7 Margaret Whitman also demanded strict discipline, although hers was a more gentle firmness. A devout Roman Catholic and a regular Page 4 churchgoer, she insisted that her sons attend Mass with her.
A sniper in the tower: the Charles Whitman mass murders by Gary M. Lavergne