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.”

Today in Crime History: Police Get Phone Call Naming Larry Elyer as the Highway Murderer

On June 6, 1983, an Indiana police task force looking for the Highway Murderer receives a phone call. The called points to Larry Elyer as the suspect, and has knowledge of the case that had not been released.