Sylvia Marie Likens

Sylvia Marie Likens

Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana, USA
Death 26 Oct 1965 (aged 16)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 6190702 · View Source
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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."

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Laurie Smith
  • Added: 17 Feb 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6190702
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sylvia Marie Likens (3 Jan 1949–26 Oct 1965), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6190702, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .