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Sylvia Marie Likens

  • Birth 3 Jan 1949 Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 26 Oct 1965 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 6190702

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 .