Many people tend to HEAVILY prune their Crepe Myrtles about this time of year, or a little earlier. I read that such heavy pruning is not really necessary to get nice flowers. While I was in Texas visiting Cameron and Meredith, we were discussing it as we drove by one that had been whacked way back except for one lonely branch that held a long abandoned and crumbling bird nest. Those birds have flown, buddy.
Anyway, Cameron said he called such trimming Crepe Murder. I tend to agree, except the plant does seem to come back. This particular example of Crepe Murder is behind the courthouse in Columbiana, Alabama, where I live. In this case, if you look closely, I believe you can see the bullet hole where someone has tried more than one way to commit Crepe Murder.