Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The torture and death of Sylvia Marie Likens

On October 26, 1965, Indianapolis police answered a call saying that a girl had died. The call came from a pay telephone in front of a Shell station in a poor section of the city. When the cops got to the dingy clapboard home, they found the emaciated dead body of 16-year-old Sylvia Marie Likens, who had suffered a degree of abuse so tremendous, a prosecutor later called her killing “the most terrible crime ever committed in the state of Indiana.”

Should Sylvia Likens’ Torturer Get to Live a Quiet Life?

Paula Baniszewski was a teenage participant in one of the most heinous crimes of the 20th century. After working at a school under an assumed name for 14 years, Paula’s identity has been revealed. She was fired from the school system, and with a past so notorious, her future looks bleak.

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