At noon on Aug. 1, 1966, Allen Crum, the floor manager at the University Co-Op, looked out the window and witnessed several students dragging a limp teenager through the grass on the edge of the University of Texas campus. 

The burly 40-year-old Air Force veteran, a retired tail gunner, walked across Guadalupe Street to break up what he believed to be a fight. But as he drew closer to the circle of youths, he could see that the boy in the center was bleeding badly. 

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions barteehaile@gmail.com or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at barteehaile.com.

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