Garden of Angels Murder Memorial
At their trial, Carolyn Barker was horrified to hear two men not only confess to killing her granddaughter, but remark that they hoped to get famous for the deed. That’s when she decided something is wrong with society’s glorification of murderers, and that it is their victims who should be celebrated and remembered.
Barker placed a small white cross in memory of Amy Robinson, her 19-year-old granddaughter, in the area where her body was discovered by police. Soon, other crosses appeared. As of 2013, 102 white crosses stand in memory of Texas murder victims.
Different than a Cemetery
As someone who enjoys perusing historic cemeteries, of which Texas has many, I must say that The Garden of Angels Murder Memorial (Address: 11271 Mossier Valley Road, Euless, Texas 76040) feels very different. I found it sobering and emotional. It was jarring to realize that while I know the names of many famous murderers, from Jack the Ripper to John Wayne Gacey, I know very little about their victims.
Annual Charity Events
Since The Garden of Angels is a non-profit memorial park for murder victims, they occasionally host charity events such as toy drives at Christmas, memorial services, and even up-beat get togethers with live music and snacks.
While I wouldn’t call a trip to The Garden of Angels entertaining, it is a beautiful setting, and I could see and feel how it can provides solace for those who have lost loved ones through violence. I found it serene and meditative, and walked away feeling very fortunate. [The previous description is an shortened excerpt from my Amazon Best Selling offbeat travel guide Unexpected Texas]
Follow me on Instagram & I’ll follow you back!
I’ve gone from turning up my nose at the idea of cell phone pictures, to being an avid iPhone photographer, which is why my theme for the 2014 A to Z blog challenge is Instagram Travel Photos. If you are on Instagram, I’d be delighted to follow you. Simply follow my photo feed (@TuiSnider) on Instagram and I’ll follow you back!
What is the April A to Z Blog Challenge?
Each April, people from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to meet other bloggers. To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then use the blog hop linky to visit as many other bloggers as you can.
My A to Z Inspired Book: Unexpected Texas
I’d like to thank everyone who commented on my blog during the A to Z Challenge last year, because it convinced me to take the self-publishing plunge. On March 2, 2014, I released Unexpected Texas as a paperback and eBook and it quickly became an Amazon Best Seller!