The Killing Fields

Everyone who personally knows me knows that I am addicted to the ID channel. When I wake up in the morning I turn on the TV and it is already on ID and when I am laying down going to bed, I watch it until I fall asleep. I don’t know what it is about the ID channel but it always seems to keep my attention. The past few days I was trying to come up with ideas for my next blog until a show came on about the Killing Fields. I figured that since it is in Texas and not too far from our school, I would write this blog about it!

Where is the Killing Fields? The area around Calder drive is known as the Killing fields. This is a swampy stretch along busy Interstate 45. Since the 1970’s at least 30 bodies have been extracted from the Killing fields. The victims were mainly female teenagers, who have been strangled, shot or badly beaten. 

The League City “Killing Fields”, sits behind the Magnolia Creek Baptist Church on Calder drive. Four bodies have been found in this area between the years 1983 and 1991. During this period people were dumping trash and building materials in the abandoned oil field. One of the bodies found was identified as Laura Lynn Miller. She disappeared after using a pay phone at a nearby convenience store she was only 16 and her body was recovered in 1986. 

Other Victims: Heidi Villareal Fye, a twenty five year old bartender, left her parents house in League City on October 7,1983, to get a ride from her boyfriend. Her body was found next April in the clearing.

Krystal Jean Baker, age 13, left her grandma’s house in Texas City on March 6, 1996. She was walking to her friends house. Later that evening in Anahuac her body was found under the bridge where I-10 goes over the Trinity River.I believe this is the case they were showing on the ID channel. They said whenever they found her body,  it looked as if she was just thrown there like a piece of trash. 

 

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Mapped out since the 1970’s 30 women have mysteriously disappeared in this region.

 

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This Book took Casey three years to write.

After watching this on the ID channel and doing a little research on the internet, I came across the book, “Deliver us: Three Decades Of Murder and Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing fields“, by Kathryn Casey. I plan on reading this book next after my semester is over. Kathryn Casey has been researching these cases for about three years. “This is my 11th book, It was the hardest to write, and it took the longest. I’m proud of it, but I’m not always happy I did it. I think it changed me as a person. I’m more cautious. I’ve always been kind of a worrier but I worry more now. Every once in awhile I’ll see some girl walking along a highway, and I’ll want to pull over and tell her not to do that. But I can’t. They’d lock me up.” This was a quote I found that Casey has told the Houston Chronicle in the Past.

I just wanted to share a little  information about the killing fields because it peaked my interest and it was so close to where I live. Sharing some victims stories, I hope it makes you more aware and cautious of your surroundings!:) All of these murders were not committed by the same person and most of these cases have gone cold. I got most of my information from the article below, it was a great read and very interesting!

 

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/books/article/Crime-writer-tackles-the-story-of-Texas-killing-6034054.php

Santa Anna

In the chapters we have been reading in class, the Alamo has been the main subject. In these chapters, Santa Anna’s name has came up a handful of times. I have been hearing about him throughout all my years of education in history classes, but I never truly did research on him. So of course he is my subject of this blog!Santaanna1

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna Perez de Lebron, was born on February 21st, 1794 in Jalapa Mexico. Santa Anna served in the Mexican Army and rose to the rank of Captain. He became the hero of Tampico during 1829 when Spain tried to regain control of Mexico. This helped him gain the Presidency of Mexico. What began as a promise to unite Mexico, ended in nothing but chaos. From 1833-1855 Santa Anna ruled Mexico. 

I have found a cool article which tells you 6 things about Santa Anna that you may not know. One of the things that was listed is that Santa Anna actually idolized Napoleon Bonaparte. He liked reading Napoleonic biographies and was a collector of Napoleonic artifacts. Portraits of Napoleon were displayed on the walls of his estates. He made his soldiers wear uniforms that were inspired by the French army.

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Seeing paintings similar to this one of Napoleon leading his troops into battle, it inspired Santa Anna to do the same. He mimics Napoleon by also leading his troops into battle and even makes his soldiers march in the same way Napoleon had his troops march. Of course like his hero, Santa Anna falls in the end. 

Santa Anna staged a state funeral for his amputated leg. After being wounded by a gunshot to the leg in the Pastry War, doctors had to amputate his leg. Santa Anna took his leg and buried it beneath a cemetery monument. His leg did not remain where it was buried. An angered mob unburied his leg, tied it to a rope and dragged it in the streets yelling, “Death to the Cripple!” 

Santa Anna’s prosthetic leg was captured as a battlefield trophy during the battle of Cerro Gordo in the Mexican-American war. When Santa Anna fled the battle he forgot his prosthetic cork and wooden leg. Illinois soldiers seized his leg as a trophy. It remains in the Illinois State Military Museum. The Mexican Government has tried multiple times to get Santa Anna’s leg back and has been denied repeatedly.

Santa Anna fought more battles than Napoleon and George Washington combined. He captured and caused the loss of half of Mexican territory. He possessed a very magnetic personality and real qualities of leadership. Santa Anna’s lack of principles, his pride, and his love of military glory, caused Mexico’s downfall. 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/santaanna.htm

http://www.britannica.com/biography/Antonio-Lopez-de-Santa-Anna

 

 

 

 

Proud to be an American, Blessed to be a Texan.

Hanging out with some family and friends the other day, an interesting topic came up. Let me just start off by asking this. Are you more likely to buy a shirt or any type of clothing with a Texas symbol or an “American symbol”?  For an example which one are you more likely to buy? Shirt A? Or shirt B?

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Shirt A
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Shirt B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most people I have asked chose shirt A. Basically what we talked about was if we are more proud to be a Texan over an American. Technically we are still considered American but I believe that most Texans have more patriotism towards Texas than America itself. I find myself more interested in buying clothes that has Texas written all over them vs. America.

Example two. Shopping in Academy a couple of months ago my brother and I came across the Lone Survivor foundation shirts. Now keep in mind the two shirts I am about to show you are supporting the same foundation, but of course have two different flags on them. Can you guess what shirt my brother and I chose to purchase? 

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Shirt one
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Shirt two

 

 If you chose the shirt with the Texas flag on it then you were correct. I believe the exact words that came out of our mouths when we were debating about which one to buy was, “Let’s get the one with the Texas flag that one is BETTER!” 

  Whenever you travel out of the Country are you more likely to say you’re from the states or that you’re from Texas? I know that Puerto Rico is not considered “out of the country” by some people, but I feel like it is. When we were walking the streets of San Juan, whenever we would find ourselves in conversation with tour guides they would of course ask the question, “where are you all from?” Of course we would answer, “we are from Texas.” Now thinking about it we could have answered that we were from the states, but I believe that we are so proud to be from Texas, we want people to know we come from this great state. I remember we had some one ask, “Texas?  where is that?” I remember being kind of shocked, I remember thinking, “Are you serious?” I now think about how I didn’t know where Puerto Rico was until I found out I was going to vacation there for the Summer. So how could I expect people all over the world to know where Texas was located or to know even what Texas was?

      I believe Texans have a love for this state that people from other states will never understand. The conversation I had with my family and friends got pretty interesting I must say. Some of my friends weren’t even born in Texas but have shared that this is their favorite state to live in, so far. I love living here so much, I don’t see me moving out of this state EVER. 

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One of the charms I own showing off the great State I live in!

Most of my blogs are a little bit on the serious side so I decided to do something a little different. I hope y’all liked this one!

 

What’s on the menu tonight for the Tonkawas? Human.

Tuesday we played a game with the guest who joined us in class. I was a Soldier, unfortunately, meaning I was not important enough to eat everyday. In the middle of the game our food supply started running low so we decided to eat our Indian captives. We laughed at the idea of us eating our classmates and then the Guest told us cannibalism was a very real thing in the New World. Of course it got me thinking and since I like to connect my blogs to what we talk about in class, I decided to look up Indian tribes in Texas who practiced cannibalism.

“Human flesh tastes like bear meat,” a Tonkwa informant tells Albert S. Gatschet. In most cases cannibalism was a practice done after a battle or war. The heart of the enemy was consumed this was done to prove superiority and to insult the soul of the enemy. Tonkawas did not reserve cannibalism just for their enemies.

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Some facts about the Tonkawa Tribe. Taken from a power point online.

The Tonkawas claimed parts of south-east Texas as their home. The Tonkawas and some other small tribes were gathered up and moved to the Wichita Reservation near Fort Cobb in Indian territory which is now in Oklahoma. The word Tonkawa comes from a Waco name, “Tonkaweya,” meaning stays together. The tribe called themselves tickanwatic which roughly translates to, “the most human of people”.

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Tonkawas were found eating Comanches on multiple occasions. When researching and reading multiple articles online I have came to the conclusion that the Comanches and the Tonkawas have had a bad relationship with one another. One article I read claimed that the main part of a Tonkawa stew was a member of the Comanche tribe. It was a very strange yet an interesting article. The Tonkawas, on the other hand, relished a hearty Comanche stew…Comanche being the main ingredient and not the origin of the recipe. Noah Smithwick, who witnessed its preparation and consumption, called it, “the most revolting mess my eyes ever rested on.” http://www.texasreader.com/the-cannibals-tea.html This was taken from that article and if you’re interested I did put that link there for you to check it out!

 

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Main course, Comanche.

 

 

 “They erected a pole, to which they attached the scalp, hands, and feet of the Waco, and then with horrible yells and gestures, all danced around it, while the squaws constantly danced up to the pole and took bites from the hands and feet and then would go back and dance again. They would prolong these dances three, five, and sometimes ten days.” This was taken from another article I read online. This just was another piece of evidence that I found that the Tonkawas practiced cannibalism. http://lisawallerrogers.com/2010/03/01/texas-tonkawas-ate-their-enemies/

Whenever I was trying to find research that supported the accusations that the Tonkawas were cannibals, everything seemed to be scattered. There was multiple witnesses that confessed they watched Tonkawas eat other humans but I did not want my blog to be nothing but “copy and paste”. I hope you guys learned a little about the Tonkawa tribe!

All the text in red are pieces of articles I have found interesting. The links to them are also available for you all!