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Sylvia Likens Posing For A Picture

Sylvia Likens, an American teenager, was tortured and murdered at the hands of her caregiver, Gertrude Baniszewski, and many of Baniszewski's children on October 26, 1965, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The torture murder of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens on October 26, 1965, has been the most lingering nightmare in Indianapolis True Crime history.

Compared to other crimes, this one was a bit more frightening, probably because in addition to the notorious Gertrude Baniszewski, the caregiver, other neighborhood kids, and some of her own children, some of whom were as young as 10, also participated in the abuse.

Sylvia Likens's suffering for weeks or even months was just something to do in the afternoon before dinner and watch some of her favorite TV series. At least a dozen kids were there, either participating or just watching, and none of them were upset enough to alert their parents.

Murder: Sylvia Likens Crime Scene Photos On Reddit, Killer Caregiver Gertrude Baniszewski

Sylvia Likens, a 16-year-old, was brutally tortured and murdered at the hands of her caregiver, Gertrude Baniszewski, in 1965. The crime scene photo is available on Reddit.

Likens' tormentors subjected her to increasing amounts of neglect, ridicule, sexual humiliation, beatings, starvation, lacerations, and dehydration for three months until she passed away on October 26, 1965, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In May 1966, Paula, her oldest daughter, Gertrude Baniszewski, her son John, Coy Hubbard, and Richard Hobbs, two neighborhood kids, were all prosecuted and found guilty of neglecting, abusing, and killing Likens.

Sylvia Likens Crime Scene Photo
Sylvia Likens Crime Scene Photo( Source : allthatsinteresting )

Despite receiving a life sentence, Gertrude was granted parole in 1985. After being convicted of second-degree murder, Paula was let go in 1972.

After being found guilty of manslaughter, Hobbs, Hubbard, and John spent less than two years in the Indiana Reformatory before being released on parole on February 27, 1968.

Sylvia Likens Autopsy Report Explored

The autopsy of Sylvia Likens revealed that she had more than 150 different wounds on her body, and she was also dangerously underweight when she passed away. The actual wounds themselves differed in terms of their type, location, severity, and healing progress.

She suffered serious bruises, burns, and major muscle and nerve damage. Her vaginal canal had nearly closed up. Along with having all of her fingernails broken backward, Likens also had most of her exterior layers of skin peeled or retreated off her face, breasts, and neck. 

Coroner Dr. Arthur Kebel determined that Likens' subdural hematoma from a serious hit to her right temple was the cause of death. 

She died as a result of severe and sustained injury to her skin and subcutaneous tissues, shock, and acute malnutrition, all of which were recognized as contributing factors.

Where Are Sylvia Likens's Parents Now?

The names of Sylvia Liken's parents is Lester Cecil Likens and Elizabeth "Betty" Frances, who were carnival employees. Lester died in 2013, whereas Elizabeth passed away in 1998.

Sylvia Marie Likens was the third of their five children. Lester and Elizabeth's marriage was troubled; they constantly moved, sold candy, beer, and soda at carnival stands throughout Indiana during the summer, and frequently ran into serious financial problems.

Their two kids accompanied them to work, but the little girls were discouraged from participating since the parents feared for their safety.