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Cemetery in Lincoln Nebraska has a QR Code for a Serial Killer


More than five decades ago, Lincoln Nebraska was witness to a killing spree that left 11 people dead. The perpetrators were a teenage couple: Charles Raymond Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate.

Starkweather was sentenced to die a few days before his birthday on November 24, 1958 and was executed on June 25, 1959. Fugate, on the other hand, was sentenced to life in prison. She was later paroled and is now living with her husband in retirement.

Starkweather’s crime never really left Lincoln, Nebraska. Until now, visitors to the Wyuka Cemetery are still looking for Starkweather’s grave. In fact, even though Starkweather’s grave is not part of a historical tour around the cemetery, tour guides often find themselves taking visitors to the tomb. But they also make sure that visitors are also taken to the graves of five of Starkweather’s victims.

Starkweather’s notoriety has definitely left a mark on the people of Lincoln. So is it surprising that a QR code has appeared on his grave?

The QR code satisfies people’s curiosity about Starkweather and his crimes. Scanning the QR code would inform people about Starkweather, his life, his crimes and about Fugate and their victims.

There are only a handful of QR codes to be found at the Wyuka cemetery, the most notable of which can be seen at its 9/11 memorial.

This is perhaps the first gravestone QR code that we have come across with a pretty unusual subject. So far, we have seen QR codes on gravestones to commemorate loved ones — ordinary people whose lives and stories their relatives would want to remember and share with others. Then there are those QR codes that commemorate historical figures as well as notable personalities of the town. While other QR codes in cemeteries are part of a tour designed to give people more information about the cemetery itself and the notable people buried there. But a QR code for a serial killer? This is a Lincoln first!

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