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.
Sylvia Likens was murdered 50 years ago at the age of 16.
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"
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.