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Jenny Likens attending the trial of her sister Sylvia's killers.

Sylvia Likens died Oct. 26, 1965. Cause of death was determined to be brain swelling, internal hemorrhaging of the brain and shock induced by Sylvia's extensive skin damage. Sylvia also suffered from extreme malnutrition. She was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. Pallbearers carry the body of Sylvia Likens, while her father Lester Likens follows behind them. (wiping his face). Nov. 1, 1965 Frank Fisse/The Star

Sylvia Likens died Oct. 26, 1965. Cause of death was determined to be brain swelling, internal hemorrhaging of the brain and shock induced by Sylvia's extensive skin damage. Sylvia also suffered from extreme malnutrition. She was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. Pallbearers carry the body of Sylvia Likens, while her father Lester Likens follows behind them. (wiping his face). Nov. 1, 1965 Frank Fisse/The Star

Sylvia Likens - Murder victim from Indiana. She was tortured to death by Gertrude Baniszewski, Gertrude's children, and other young people from their neighborhood. Her parents had left her, and her sister, in the care of the Baniszewski family three months before her death so they could work the carnival. There was a book and movie made about "the most terrible crime ever committed in the state of Indiana"

Sylvia Likens - Murder victim from Indiana. She was tortured to death by…

Gertrude Nadine Baniszewski was an Indiana divorcée who, with the aid of her own children and neighborhood children, such as Ricky Hobbs and Coy Hubbard, oversaw and facilitated the prolonged torture, mutilation, and eventual murder of Sylvia Likens, a teenaged girl she had taken into her home.

Gertrude Nadine Baniszewski also known as Gertrude Wright and Nadine van Fossan.

Sylvia Likens, a 16 year old girl who was murdered. She was neglected and tortured by many people. Her story is told through the movie "An American Crime."

sylvia marie likens - The beating, torture and subsequent murder of this poor young lady is a sad story indeed.

Sylvia Likens memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana. Very sad story.

Sylvia Likens memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana. Very sad story. Unbelievably sad in this day and age.

Gertrude Baniszewski. With the aid of neighborhood children, oversaw and facilitated the prolonged torture, mutilation, and eventual murder of Sylvia Likens, a teenaged girl she had taken into her home. Baniszewski began a regime to "cleanse" Sylvia, involving dousing her with scalding water and rubbing salt into the burns. She was kept naked and rarely fed. At times, Baniszewski would make Likens eat her own feces. Carved the phrase "I'm a prostitute and proud of it" into her abdomen.

The torture and murder of Sylvia Likens, was known as "the single worst crime perpetuated against an individual in Indiana's history".

John Baniszewski Jr. during trial for his part in the torture slaying of Sylvia Likens, May 2, 1966.

during trial for his part in the torture slaying of Sylvia Likens, May

Shirley Baniszewski, 10, testified in the 1966 murder trial of her mother, Gertrude Baniszewski, who went to jail for the 1965 torture-slaying of Sylvia Likens.

Shirley Baniszewski, testified in the 1966 murder trial of her mother, Gertrude Baniszewski, who went to jail for the 1965 torture-slaying of Sylvia Likens.

Monster mom Gertrude Baniszewski and teen cohorts torture Sylvia Likens to death in Indiana boarding house of horror

Teen girl fatally bullied in Indiana house of horrors

Richard Dean Hobbs, 15 and Gertrude Baniszewski listen to Judge Harry Zaklan as he orders then bound over to the Marion County grand jury Nov. Both were charged with the murder of Sylvia LIkens. Joe Young/The News

Sylvia Likens Murder...This is Gertrude Baniszewski house where Sylvia Likens was murder and tortured in 1965.

This is Gertrude Baniszewski house where Sylvia Likens was murder and tortured in

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Sylvia and her mother, Betty Sylvia was a normal, healthy sixteen-year-old girl prior to her final nightmarish sojourn in the Baniszewski house.  By all accounts, she was a kind, helpful young lady with a deeply spiritual side.  She enjoyed roller-skating, singing, and the music of the Beatles.

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Sylvia Likens in a photo with her mom -- WARNING! Crime Scene Pics @ this link!

Sylvia Likens

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