Gertrude Baniszewski and son John, 13 say goodbye following the
trial for the murder of Sylvia Likens.
(William Oates/The Star - May
Gertrude BAniszewski says goodbye to her son John, 13, after both
were sentenced May 25, 1966
in the torture slaying of 16-year old
Sylvia Likens. Baniszewski was convicted of first degree
given life imprisonment. John Baniszewski was sentenced to the
Reformatory for 2 to 21 years after being convicted of
(Randy Singer/The News)
Richard Dean Hobbs, 15 and Gertrude Baniszewski listen to Judge
Harry Zaklan as he orders
then bound over to the Marion County grand
jury Nov. 1, 1965. Both were charged
with the murder of Sylvia
(Joe Young/The News)
The various faces of Gertrude Baniszewski during her second trial
in connection with
torture slaying of Sylvia Likens. July
(AP file photo)
Gertrude Baniszewski, Sept. 8, 1970.
(Bob Doeppers/The News)
Jenny Likens listens during the parole hearing for Gertrude
Baniszewski. Dec. 4, 1985.
(Sar fiile photo)
Gertrude Baniszewski was released from prison, Dec. 4, 1985.
Gertrude Baniszewski led the torture of Sylvia Likens. Twice
convicted of first-degree murder,
she won parole in 1985, the year
this photo was taken, and died in 1990.
(1985 file photo)
Intro to the 1985 Indianapolis Star retrospective on the 1965
Sylvia Likens murder case
and the anticipated parole that year of
June 22, 2001 - Jenny Likens Wade of Beech Grove is comforted by
Marjorie Martin during
a ceremony held in honor of her sister Sylvia Likens. The Sylvia
was unveiled at Willard Park on East Washington Street.
(Matt Detrich photo)
The house where Sylvia Likens died was demolished in 2009. This
photo was taken
at the corner of East New York and Denny
(Rob Goebel/Indianapolis Star)