Murder of Sylvia Likens

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The murder of Sylvia Likens was a child murder which occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana in October 1965.wikipedia
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Torture murder

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Likens, a 16-year-old girl, was held captive and subjected to increasing levels of child abuse and torture, committed over a period of almost three months by her caregiver, Gertrude Baniszewski, many of Baniszewski's children, and several other neighborhood children, before ultimately succumbing to her injuries on October 26.

Arsenal Technical High School

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Shortly thereafter, Lester Likens arranged for his daughters to board with Gertrude Baniszewski, the mother of two girls with whom the sisters had recently become acquainted while studying at Arsenal Technical High School: Paula and Stephanie Baniszewski.

Lebanon, Indiana

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The funeral service for Sylvia Likens was conducted at the Russell & Hitch Funeral Home in Lebanon on the afternoon of October 29.

An American Crime

Shortly after the January 2007 premiere of the crime drama film An American Crime, Hubbard was fired from his job.
The film is based on the true story of the torture and murder of Sylvia Likens by Indianapolis single mother Gertrude Baniszewski.

The Girl Next Door (Ketchum novel)

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The novel is loosely based on the murder of Sylvia Likens, in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1965, although the names of the people involved, as well as the location, time and details of the crime itself have been changed.

Laurel, Iowa

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Gertrude Baniszewski lived in relative obscurity in Laurel, Iowa until her death due to lung cancer on June 16, 1990, at the age of 61.
* Gertrude Baniszewski, convicted murderer of Sylvia Likens lived as a recluse after her released and death of lung cancer

The Girl Next Door (2007 film)

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The film is loosely based on true events surrounding the torture and murder of Sylvia Likens by Gertrude Baniszewski during the summer of 1965.

Catherine Keener

In 2008, her film An American Crime, the true story of Gertrude Baniszewski, a middle-aged mother who tortured and killed Sylvia Likens in her Indiana home, was aired on Showtime.

Indiana Women's Prison

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Over the course of the following 14 years, Gertrude Baniszewski became known as a model prisoner at the Indiana Women's Prison.
Gertrude Baniszewski was an American murderer who, with the aid of most of her own children and neighborhood children, oversaw and facilitated the prolonged torture, mutilation, and eventual murder of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens, a teenage girl she had taken into her home.

Tommy O'Haver

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Catherine Keener, Ellen Page and James Franco star in An American Crime, which premiered at Sundance in 2007, a film based on a true story of Gertrude Baniszewski, an Indiana woman charged in 1965 with the murder of Sylvia Likens.

BCLUW Community School District

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She worked as an aide to a school counselor for 14 years at the Iowa Beaman-Conrad-Liscomb-Union-Whitten school district, having changed her name to Paula Pace and having concealed the truth regarding her criminal history to the school district when applying for the position.
* Paula Baniszewski (under the name Paula Pace), involved in the murder of Sylvia Likens when she was 17.

Child murder

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The murder of Sylvia Likens was a child murder which occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana in October 1965.

Indiana

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The murder of Sylvia Likens was a child murder which occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana in October 1965.

Child abuse

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Likens, a 16-year-old girl, was held captive and subjected to increasing levels of child abuse and torture, committed over a period of almost three months by her caregiver, Gertrude Baniszewski, many of Baniszewski's children, and several other neighborhood children, before ultimately succumbing to her injuries on October 26.

Counsel

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Baniszewski; her oldest daughter, Paula; her son, John; and two neighborhood youths, Coy Hubbard and Richard Hobbs, were all tried and convicted in May 1966 of neglecting, torturing, and murdering Likens, with counsels at the defendants' trial describing the case as the "most diabolical" ever to be presented before a court or jury and Likens having been subjected to acts of "degradation that you wouldn't commit on a dog" prior to her death.

Indianapolis Police Department

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The torture and murder of Sylvia Likens is widely regarded by Indiana citizens as the worst crime ever committed in their state and has been described by a senior investigator in the Indianapolis Police Department as the "most sadistic" case he had ever investigated in the 35 years he served with the Indianapolis police.

Sadistic personality disorder

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The torture and murder of Sylvia Likens is widely regarded by Indiana citizens as the worst crime ever committed in their state and has been described by a senior investigator in the Indianapolis Police Department as the "most sadistic" case he had ever investigated in the 35 years he served with the Indianapolis police.

Illinois

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Gertrude Nadine Baniszewski (September 19, 1928—June 16, 1990) was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Mollie Myrtle (née Oakley) and Hugh Marcus Van Fossan Sr., both of whom were originally from Illinois and were of American and Dutch descent.

Dutch people

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Gertrude Nadine Baniszewski (September 19, 1928—June 16, 1990) was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Mollie Myrtle (née Oakley) and Hugh Marcus Van Fossan Sr., both of whom were originally from Illinois and were of American and Dutch descent.

Working class

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Baniszewski was the third of six children, and her family was working class.

Myocardial infarction

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On October 5, 1939, Baniszewski saw her 50-year-old father die from a sudden heart attack.

Youngsville, Pennsylvania

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Six years later, she dropped out of high school at age 16 to marry 18-year-old John Stephan Baniszewski (1926–2007), who was originally from Youngsville, Pennsylvania, and to whom she bore four children.

Paternity law

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Shortly thereafter, Baniszewski filed a paternity suit against Wright for financial support of their child, although Wright was seldom able to pay for the upkeep of their son.