Ep. 32 Torture House

The Murder of Sylvia Likens

When you leave your children in the care of someone else, you trust and hope that they will care for them as well as you would. Whether it’s a babysitter for a date night or regular daycare services to cover your time at work, when you drop off your child you are leaving a piece of your heart behind. Today we want to tell you a horrific story of loving parents who trusted the wrong person with the care of their children.

Sylvia Likens
Jenny Likens
John Baniszewski (12), Paula Baniszewski (17), Coy Hubbard (15), Richard Hobbs (15), and Stephanie Baniszewski (15)
Gertrude Baniszewski (36)
Gertrudes Home
Crime Scene Bedroom
The Basement Sylvia was kept
Stomach Carving Given to Sylvia
Sylvias Remains Found by the Police
Defendants and Attorneys
Gertrude After the Trial


Mara Bovsun, New York Daily News; “Monster mom Gertrude Baniszewski and teen cohorts torture Sylvia Likens to death in Indiana boarding house of horror”

Baniszewski v. State

Murderpedia; “Gertrude Nadine BANISZEWSKI”

Will Higgins, IndyStar; “Retro Indy: The Murder of Sylvia Likens, as told over 50 years ago”

Wikipedia; “Murder of Sylvia Likens”

Heather Monroe; “The Disturbing Death of Sylvia Likens”

Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center

Ashley Flowers, Crime Junkie; “Murdered: Sylvia Likens”

Sam Stall, Indianapolis Monthly; “Most Infamous Crime, 50 Years Later”

Fandom; “Gertrude Baniszewski”

John Dean, The Indianapolis Star; “Defendant, 15, Tells His Part In Sylvia’s Torture”

Bob Hoover, WIBC News; “1965 radio interview – murder of Sylvia Likens”

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