QR (Quick Response) Codes can be scanned with a smartphone, providing instant information in the palm of your hand. You've seen them on posters and in magazines, but how about cemeteries?
It might sound odd, but QR codes may now be found at one Lincoln cemetery. It's so small that even if you were looking for it you might miss it. Placed on a grave marker in the Wyuka Cemetery is a QR code. These barcode-looking decals are reserved for those with, shall we say, an extensive history.
Sarah Buss works at the cemetery and explained who is buried here. “He is a Nebraska serial killer, well known for a mass murder back in ‘58, ‘57." Buss is talking about Charles Starkweather, who was captured in 1958 after he and girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate went on a killing spree, murdering 11 people. He was executed in 1959. Starkweather’s grave, Buss says, stays busy.
“He is frequently visited. People are curious about him and what he means to, I guess, Lincoln, Nebraska and the history behind him." Though some aren't willing to pass along his criminal history.
“Here in the cemetery, they do a historical tour, which is, this is not on that tour for a specific reason, but people are always asking about it, but the gentleman who does the tour is sure to let them know that there are five of his victims buried here as well and I think he is sure to show them that, before he shows them, show them the Starkweather grave."
So now there's this QR code. With a smartphone you can scan it and moments later everything you would want to know about Starkweather pops up. “I have not seen too many people scan it,” says Buss. “I have not scanned it myself. Now, I'm curious about it though."
There are only a few QR codes at the Wyuka Cemetery. Another is located on its 9/11 Memorial.