In the fields outside Elst, along a road that I take every day to work, is an ancient stone cross. This cross is a so called murder cross, erected by the family of a murderer to ease the pain of the family of the person that was murdered. Before these times bloodrevenge was still a habit, which actually ment that one could murder someone from the other family out of revenge of a murder in ones own family. The murdercrosses were a new form of justice, a duty for the sinning family to pay respect to the family that was hurt. This was a custom in early medieval times and the murder cross of Elst dates back for sure to the 15th century and could be the cross that was erected for a noble young woman travelling here. The letters however have faded away in the centuries and no-one knows for sure, whose murder cross this is.
Elst between the larger towns Arnhem and Nijmegen is falling in their shade. But still, it is the centre of attention within the riverlands itself and on bikingtours a perfect place to take a rest in the shade of the wonderful Saint werenfried-churchtower.