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Sylvia Marie Likens
Birth: Jan. 3, 1949
Lebanon
Boone County
Indiana, USA
Death: Oct. 26, 1965
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA

Murder Victim. Tortured by her caregiver and neighborhood children. She died from brain swelling, internal hemorrhaging of the brain and shock. On May 19, 1966, a jury found Gertrude Baniszewski guilty of first-degree murder, and her daughter, Paula Baniszewski, was found guilty of second-degree murder. This infamous case is the subject of two books, "The Indiana Torture Slaying" and "The Basement: Meditations on a Human Sacrifice." 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Lester Cecil Likens (1926 - 2013)
  Elizabeth Frances Grimes Matheson (1927 - 1998)
 
 Siblings:
  Sylvia Marie Likens (1949 - 1965)
  Benny Ray Likens (1950 - 1999)*
  Jenny Fay Likens Wade (1950 - 2004)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Trauma from torture 
Inscription:
"Our darling daughter."
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Lebanon
Boone County
Indiana, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Laurie Smith
Record added: Feb 17, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6190702
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-Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 28, 2016
I'm so sorry for what you went through and my heart goes out to you, Sylvia. I hope that you're in a better place now; and that you know that you didn't deserve any of this. Your story truly breaks my heart. I see your picture and I just see so much beaut...(Read more)
- Mike
 Added: Jun. 9, 2016
"We Remember Them…In the rising of the sun and in its going down, We remember them; In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them; in the opening of buds and in the warmth of summer, we remember them; in the rustling of leaves an...(Read more)
- Dear Sylvia ~ So Sorry You Met Such Evil ~ RIP
 Added: Jun. 8, 2016
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