House of Evil by John Dean
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In the heart of Indianapolis in the mid 1960s, through a twist of fate and fortune, a pretty young girl came to live with a thirty-seven-year-old mother and her seven children. What began as a temporary childcare arrangement between Sylvia Likenss parents and Gertrude Baniszewski turned into a crime that would haunt cops, prosecutors, and a community for decades to come…
When police found Sylvias emaciated body, with a chilling message carved into her flesh, they knew that she had suffered tremendously before her death. Soon they would learn how many others—including some of Baniszewskis own children—participated in Sylvias murder, and just how much torture had been inflicted in one HOUSE OF EVIL
Murder of Sylvia Likens
The year was , and my best friend and I were sixth-graders and inseparable and shared many an adventure together. We created a cryptic code no one could break, and we used it when we passed notes to each other in class or when working on the latest mystery we were embroiled in. We also wrote and published a magazine made from loose-leaf paper called Teen Magazine, which had pages on beauty tips and how to be popular. And we produced a radio show on the new tape player Sue got for Christmas that featured a segment on beauty tips and how to be popular. I want to show you something. This was not something you did without extreme caution.
But the caregiver could not, in fact, be trusted. They struggled to make ends meet as her father Lester had only an eighth-grade education and a total of five children to care for. Jenny was quiet and withdrawn with a limp from polio. In July , Lester Likens decided to take up with the carnival again while his wife was jailed for shoplifting that summer. With few other options, Sylvia and Jenny were sent to stay with a family friend named Gertrude Baniszewski. Gertrude was every bit as poor as the Likens and had seven of her own kids to support in her run-down home.
Being a parent takes hard work, and the more children a person has, the more difficult that task can become. In theory, parents generally have at least one partner when it comes to childrearing, though an increasing number of people have gone through this journey on their own, especially in recent years. The story of Gertrude Baniszewski begins well before Sylvia and Jenny Likens came into her care, when she herself was a young girl named Gertrude Van Fossen. If nothing else, the experience made young Gertrude feel lost, causing her to drop out of school at 16 and elope with John Baniszewski. They later reconciled after an initial divorce, causing Gertrude to suffer seven more years of abuse. After this, Gertrude moved on to an additional relationship with Dennis Lee Wright, who also abused her, and with whom she had one final child.
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