A young girl who was held captive, tortured for three months and eventually killed by a woman and her children. the story of Sylvia has gone down and one of the most horrible acts to ever happen to one person.
The Girl Next Door, An American Crime, and the Murder of Sylvia Likens
Gertrude Baniszewski was an Indiana murderer who facilitated the torture and murder of teen Sylvia Likens — with the aid of Likens’s friends, boyfriend, and sister. Her case has been called the “single worst crime perpetrated against an individual in the state’s history.”
Gertrude Baniszewski (September 19, 1929 - June 16, 1990) was an Indiana woman who was convicted for the torture and murder of Sylvia Likens, a young teenage girl whom she brought into her home. Her case is considered to be the worst murder case in the state's history. Baniszewski was born on September 19, 1929 to Mollie Myrtle and Hugh Marcus Van Fossan, Sr. She dropped out from high school six years after her father died, and she then married an 18-year-old deputy by the name of John...