The Torture and Murder Of Sylvia Likens – The Indiana Torture Slaying


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The Torture and Murder Of Sylvia Likens

Gertrude Baniszewski, who came to be known as The Torture Mother, was an Indiana divorcee who oversaw and facilitated the prolonged torture, mutilation, rapes and eventual murder of Sylvia Likens, a teenage girl she had taken into her home.

sylvia likens murderThe case is unique in that, while Gertrude Baniszewski did play an active role in Sylvia Likens’ torment and death, the majority of the torture, that eventually brought about Likens’ demise, was carried out by Baniszewski’s own teenage children and other neighborhood children.

Gertrude Baniszewski was convicted of first degree murder in 1965, in the case that was called “the single worst crime perpetuated against an individual in Indiana’s history.”

Read about Gertrude Baniszewski on WickedWe.com here

Below are the books, that are available on Amazon, if you are interested in reading more

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HOUSE OF EVIL by John Dean

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In the heart of Indianapolis in the mid 1960’s, through a twist of fate and fortune, a pretty young girl came to live with a thirty-seven-year-old mother and her seven children. What began as a temporary childcare arrangement between Sylvia Likens’s parents and Gertrude Baniszewski turned into a crime that would haunt cops, prosecutors, and a community for decades to come…

When police found Sylvia’s emaciated body, with a chilling message carved into her flesh, they knew that she had suffered tremendously before her death. Soon they would learn how many others―including some of Baniszewski’s own children―participated in Sylvia’s murder, and just how much torture had been inflicted in one HOUSE OF EVIL

 

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The Punishment Game by Lavinia Jewel

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Sylvia Mare Likens entered the home on Eastside New York of Indiana in July of 1965 a beautiful sixteen year old girl, with big sparkling eyes and a radiant smile, filled with hope and happiness for the future.

She left the house in October of 1965 battered and covered in bruises. She had been starved and burned, cut and scalded, and most remarkably, seven words carved directly into her stomach: ‘I’m a prostitute and proud of it!’

She was dead.

The crime had been perpetrated by an informal group of teenagers and children, some as young as eight years by a thirty seven year old woman named Gertrude Baniszewski. To the killers it was all a game.

To the rest of the world this remains one of the most horrible crimes ever committed against a single victim.

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Indiana Torture Slaying by John Dean

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In the heart of Indianapolis in the mid 1960’s, through a twist of fate and fortune, a pretty young girl came to live with a thirty-seven-year-old mother and her seven children. What began as a temporary childcare arrangement between Sylvia Likens’ parents and Gertrude Baniszewski turned into a crime that would haunt cops, prosecutors and a community for decades to come.

When police found Sylvia’s emaciated body, with a chilling message carved into her flesh, they knew that she had suffered tremendously before her death. Soon they would learn how many others, including some of Baniszewski’s own children, participated in Sylvia’s murder, and just how much torture had been inflicted in one HOUSE OF EVIL

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Sylvia – The Likens Trial by Forrest Bowman Jr.

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In 1965 Forrest Bowman Jr. was counsel for sixteen-year-old Coy Hubbard and thirteen-year-old John Baniszewski who, along with his mother, his seventeen-year-old and pregnant sister, Paula and fourteen-year-old Richard Hobbs were charged with First Degree Murder in the torture death of sixteen-year-old Sylvia Likens. The trial, which lasted a month, was front page news on a daily basis in Indianapolis and attracted media attention throughout the country and occasionally internationally. The case has been the subject of a movie, a television production, a play and three books. This is the first and only insider’s account of what went on at the trial, both in the courtroom and behind the scenes from the perspective of defense counsel.

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