Skip to comments.Man accused of writing on Alamo wall
Posted on 02/19/2009 6:32:37 AM PST by laotzu
The alleged perpetrator might call it art. But others consider it defacing the Shrine of Texas Liberty. An Illinois man suspected of defacing the Alamo was arrested Wednesday and charged with criminal mischief after authorities witnessed him writing on the historic sites northeast wall, police said.
Stephen Henry Wise of Evanston, Ill., remained jailed on a $2,000 bond.
Defacing the Alamo is like desecrating a grave, said Alamo Director David Stewart.
According to a police report, the 44-year-old suspect wrote the letters LCC on a patch of limestone at a corner near Avenue E and Houston Street. The wall is part of the original Long Barracks constructed by missionaries in 1724, Stewart said.
The letters, scrawled with a piece of clay or pastel art pencil, were about 8 inches high, authorities said. Alamo rangers were not sure what LCC means.
Though the letters were cleaned off the stone, the suspect still faces a state jail felony charge of damaging a public monument.
He wasnt your typical graffiti tagger, said Sgt. Alfredo Gonzales, an Alamo ranger.
Gonzales said the suspect, who described himself as an artist who works for a municipal government, was apologetic and cooperative when confronted by authorities about 8:45 a.m. after a witness reported seeing the man writing on the wall.
He did say it (the graffiti) was a project, and that some professor wanted him to put those initials on some building, so he chose that wall there, Gonzales said.
The suspect told authorities he was unaware the wall was part of the Alamos original structure.
Graffiti is rare for the Alamo. Most visitors are respectful, but rangers record about two incidents every month involving people simulating the infamous incident in which heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne urinated on the Alamo grounds, authorities said.
Most are just posing for photos, but we kick them off the property, Gonzales said.
On Jan. 1, police arrested a 23-year-old man after a park ranger observed him actually urinating at the Alamo about 2:45 a.m. Because urine is corrosive to limestone, pulling an Ozzy at the Alamo also is a state jail felony.
Illinois, Vermont, or California are far superior choices. But, of course, you won't receive a proper education there.
That is wrong!!!! DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS!!!
I thought that was a death penalty offense in Texas.
I always thought Ozzie was an a-hole, but that’s the first I heard anything about him pissing at the Alamo.
Rome is covered with ugly graffitti — but the ancient and historical buildings are untouched.
Seems the current wave of barbarians in this country don’t have ANY respect for our culture.
“I thought that was a death penalty offense in Texas.”
It should be.
LCC = 250?...........
A right piece of $hit, that Ozzie.
Did he write on the basement wall?
“Alamo rangers were not sure what LCC means. “
Loony Corrupt Commies?
Liberal Commie Cabal?
Let’s Crash Capitalism?
Or maybe it’s simply something as lame and pedestrian as his initials, or his girlfriends’.
What man keeps women's clothing in their own size in their hotel room?
The wall he wrote on is part of the original Long Barracks constructed by missionaries in 1724.
So a professor assigns students a criminal act? This is a professor that needs to find out first hand how bad of an economy we are dealing with.
About 10 or 12 years ago I took my family to the Alamo. While we were in the building, going through the exhibits we noticed (along with everybody else inside) an obnoxious group loudly and boorishly laughing and yammering in boisterous voices. They were carrying open cans of beer that they were drinking as they toured the Alamo. I recognized one of them as somewhat of a celebrity — Ed McMahon from his days on The Tonight Show. Apparently Ed didn’t bother to read any of the signs at the entrance advising visitors that the Alamo is a memorial, a place of reverence for the Texas patriots who gave their lives in a fight for freedom. Or, maybe he was too drunk to comprehend the words.
No man does.
He did say it (the graffiti) was a project, and that some professor wanted him to put those initials on some building, so he chose that wall there,
Illinois college professor? Ayers?
No, 250 would be CCL just like Concealed Carry License.
They were probably Sharon's.
Ed McMahon?!! I’m saddened to hear that about him.
Mirror image?....Dyslexic?..........Ignorant?...............Stupid?............All of the above?................
“He did say it (the graffiti) was a project, and that some professor wanted him to put those initials on some building”
Charge the professor too!
Probably has some meaning to Mexicans perhaps? What is this assclowns name ?
Yeah, I was surprised. He always seemed like such a nice guy in those Publishers Clearinghouse commercials and Medicaid supplemental insurance commercials. I was very disappointed to see him show such lack of respect and common courtesy at such a revered monument.
Lake Como Crips (LCC) - Based on the westside of Fort Wort, Texas?
Defacing any property should be dealt with legally. No one has a right to do that.
Defacing our memorials and other treasures in this country should be a much larger penalty.
Having lived in Texas a good part of my life, I say they should hang this scumbag.
Exactly! I caught that too! Professor telling the kids to put it on SOME building? As if other-than-the-alamo was ok!
The other of the top 5 in my book:
Ise Jingu ( Japan National Shinto Shrine)
Culloden Battle Field ( Scotland)
Kalapa Valley ( Nova Scotia)
Ten Ba Jingu ( Heaven Horse Temple) Japan
Little graffitto idiots who cannot see properly do things like this, and their lives are simply little smears of shite on the purity of ancestral sacrifice.Because of that, they will bring misfortune on themselves and thier families.
The Alamo is very much like a Shinto shrine dedicated to the ancestral American warriors of freedom. They are still there for thier energy of compassion does not wane. We should not forget it, and it is the most poweful shrine in the USA.
Many times in my life, I have seen the desecration of national monuments. Never...not once by a conservative; always by a liberal. (ditto for spitting on soldiers or burning our flag)
Little wonder that penalties aren't more severe. Hell, it might even qualify you for public office.
“LCC = 250?...........”
Since this is a 44 year old taking art classes I am going to guess that LCC stands for Log Cabin Club, a gay rights organization. His professor probably thought it would politically symbolic if he sent out all of his students to deface property in the name of gay rights.
A great post. I envy your travels.
As a Texan, I have always found the Presidio La Bahia, outside Goliad, to be even more moving than the Alamo.
I, for one, would physically stop someone if I saw him defacing the Alamo. I would bet I could find a few fellow Texans who would help...at any given time.
If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.
Wouldn’t 250 be CLC?
I vote for option 2.
I just posted that CLC was 250, but THAT would be 150, wouldn’t it?
At first read, I thought the guy from Illinois was going to be Hussein or Ayers. Both have defaced America.
A hallowed grave didn't seem like the right place for me to confront some giggling idiots speaking a foreign language.
250 is CCL.
(From HS Latin, can’t subtract L.)
I don’t know why people do this. Its just disgusting. Last summer, we took a trip to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. There were several preserved log cabins and churches there. They were just like the owners left them. There was a short history of each one outside the cabins. In one, they had raised 8 kids in 2 rooms. You could still smell the smoke from the fireplace. It was such an experience to just stand in these cabins where people had lived long ago. Such an awesome feeling. But the walls of these historic homes were covered in graffiti! Hidden among all the graffiti were signs that said it is a federal offense to write on the walls. What a joke! It just made me sick that people from mostly big liberal cities had came here and defaced such a rich history of these gentle good people. I wonder how they would feel if we went there and defaced their historic buildings! I bet they wouldn’t tolerate it.
Number 1 in my book is the Punchbowl Military Cemetery overlooking Honolulu. I was there for a couple of hours and never heard anyone speak above a low whisper. Another is the cemetery at Gettysburg. I hope I get the chance to visit the 4 you mentioned some day.
What a great movie!
Amen on Culloden...the humps everywere I remember. Cumberland wouldn’t let them be buried proper, either heaps or just left where they fell.
Not to mention the slaughter and rape that followed for days after that.
The veranda at Carnton House here in Franklin is a soft spot for we Southerners. My kids are quite familiar with it.
I think the cemetaries at Normandy are pretty sentimental too and caused me a tear up.
and oddly enough, I have been to the battlefield at Boyaca and even though the end results have been left wanting, what Bolivar accomplished against Spain from Caracas to Peru in some serious terrain is remarkable...truly.
never been to Rourke’s Drift...
God bless Texas btw