Skip to comments.The Torturing Death of Sylvia Marie Likens (Vanity)
Posted on 11/29/2010 12:20:59 PM PST by Ptarmigan
This crime occurred in 1965, but reading this is horrifying. Truly appalling and outrageous. The sick part is, the mother, Gertrude Baniszewski was the one who instigated the whole thing. She was very insecure, extremely religious (no offense to anyone who is religious here), and a raging psychopath.
Thankfully, she is dead and rotting away in Hell. Some of the other torturers involved are dead too, including Richard Hobbs, who did most of the dirty work. Her crime would make Hitler or Stalin proud.
This subject came up recently on another thread. One of the most repellent crimes ever committed anywhere.
I read a full story on this and it really made me sick top my stomach literally.
I think I have read of this story. This was a 15 year old child, correct?
I have read about it and really is beyond comprehension. This is something that would be done in a Nazis Death Camp or Soviet GUlag. Those scumbags who did this are not human. They are abhorrent and evil.
Yes, Sylvia Likens was 15 years old at the time.
Was born and raised in Indiana. I read about this when I was in middle school in the Indianapolis Star. Made me sick on how Sylvia was treated. Surprisingly, Gertrude Banazewski was released on parole in 1985 and she moved to Iowa. Nothing was mentioned about her being released, only a blurb a few pages in about her dieing from lung cancer and mentioned about her being released 5 years earlier.
Today, Sylvia would be about 61 years old.
Gertrude Baniszewski should of been executed. I don’t know what is up with Indiana? I thought it was a conservative state for the most part. This scumbag ranks right up there with Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Pol Pot, Adolf Hitler, and Joseph Stalin.
Sylvia was 16. Her younger sister was 15 (she died in 2004). Gertie got away from the death penalty because of her sex and nothing else. There was a film a few years ago called “An American Crime” with Ellen Page playing Sylvia. It’s disturbing enough but actually watered down.
Apparently they found the oldest Baniszewski sister last year living incognito...
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