Man climbs up metal communication tower and won’t come down

William aka Towerman climbed up a communication tower six days ago and refuses to descend

William Towerman
Negotiators try to cajole William Boyd Sturdivant into cherry picker

William Boyd Sturdivant II climbed up a communication tower, located in East Tulsa and owned and operated by Clear Channel Communication, last Thursday, August 11 at 11 a.m., and has yet to come down.   As I write this, William is going on day 6 up high on the tower.  Through it all, William aka Tower Man has endured blistering heat, and sever thunderstorms with high winds.

Several days ago he kicked off his tennis shoes and has been barefoot on the hot, searing metal of the tower ever since.

It was reported that one morning, as the sun was coming up over the horizon, William crowed like a rooster.

Police and paramedics at the scene have tried to provide William with water and cigarettes throughout the ordeal, but William has reportedly refused the continuing  offers.  Negotiations have been ongoing, with police officers speaking to William from a cherry picker protracted from the back of a Tulsa Fire Department truck.

The constant stream of onlookers are encouraged to stay away.

He was previously incarcerated in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for charges that include second degree burglary and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (drugs of some sort).

Clearly, William is a disturbed young man, though his former boss claims that he is “normal.”  Though speculation of William’s stunt runs rampant, no one knows for sure what his reason for staying up in the tower is.

I wondered to myself, is there a metaphor in all of this.  Shakespeare:

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more.  It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Come down to terra firma, William.  We want to hear your story, lest we all go nuts.

UPDATE:  At approximately 6;45 p.m. this evening, Tower Man was brought to earth as he descended in the cherry picker with a Tulsa Police negotiator.  The world has just witnessed, I’m not sure what.

Tower Man was overheard saying to mental health officials that he knew he would be taken to the hospital, but requested that he be given a bed on the roof.

William Towerman

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  1. Collin Hinds Reply

    August 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm


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