Crepe Murder 2014 — All Flags At Half Mast

March 6, 2014 | By | Comments (3)
Photo: vicki betts, tyler

Photo: Vicki Betts

Crepe Murder 2014 is a national tragedy not only for the innocent trees so brutally attacked, but also for the many people who suffer permanent psychological scarring from witnessing these crimes. In honor of these victims, both wooden and flesh, Grumpy asks that all Americans lower Old Glory to half mast today.

The patriotic and compassionate citizens of Tyler, Texas are already on board. Here we see two crepe myrtles that have been chopped down into stumps every year for so long that they look more like hip joints — hip joints that need replacing. Please, everyone, remove your hats and observe a moment of silence in their memory.

Thank you.

For her outstanding leadership in encouraging national action to curb crepe murder by sending in this inspiring and revolting photo, Vicki Betts is winner #5 in Crepe Murder 2014. She will receive a lavender ‘Early Bird’ dwarf crepe myrtle that never needs pruning from our Southern Living Plant Collection. Vicki Betts — a true American hero.

Check back here this Sunday for winner #6. Hope it’s not your house! (BTW — although I do not know who Joel Baker is, he should feel free to generously compensate me for the tremendous publicity I have given his reelection campaign. Cash, of course.)


  1. John B.

    Well… I would call this pollarding rather than murder. It’s a time-honored and legitimate horticultural practice, even if it’s not one you or I care for. I distinguish between murder and pollarding in that the latter is done consistently each and every year, resulting in the knobby stumps you see in the photo above. “Murder” is when the large limbs of a mature, naturally grown and otherwise beautiful tree are cut to stumps and then left to re-grow in a ghastly unnatural way, to be murdered again (or not) several years later. The latter practice is certainly far too common, completely unnecessary, and destroys the natural beauty of the tree. The people doing it know nothing about pollarding and have probably never even heard the word.

    March 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm
  2. Colin McKnight

    Actually, I think Joel Baker needs to be asked to sponsor legislation making crepe murder a crime in Tyler, TX.

    March 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm
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    March 6, 2014 at 4:13 pm

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