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Jenny Likens (Jennifer Faye Wade) died June 23, 2004, at the age of 54. Survivors included two children and a grandchild in addition to her husband, her father, her brother Danny, and her sister Dianna.
AGONY IN INDIANAPOLIS [publisher’s introduction to first edition, 1966]
Here, step by step – from the discovery of a pretty teen-ager’s|
abused body through a long, agonizing trial – is the almost unbe-
lievable story of a woman and children whose sadism shocked the
In July of 1965, Mr. and Mrs. Lester
Likens of Indianapolis left their 16-year-
old daughter in the care of a total stranger
while they went on tour with a carnival.
In three months the girl was dead, the victim
of savage, extended brutality. The crime –
committed by a divorcee and a coterie
of sadistic children motivated by mob
psychology – shocked grizzled police
veterans as well as newspaper readers
from coast to coast and overseas.
The five-week trial of the divorcee and
four children – two of them her own – on
charges of first degree murder gave com-
placent Indiana citizens their most searing
courtroom drama in years.
The murder of Sylvia Likens became an item of daily conversa-|
tion as people read how she was beaten, burned, starved, scalded,
tattooed and branded until death mercifully stepped in. And the
name of the divorcee, Gertrude Baniszewski, alias Gertrude Wright,
came to rank alongside that of the Marquis de Sade.
In this book, written by a newspaperman who covered the trial,
the whole story is told in complete, shocking detail for the first time.
One reviewer – although he gave the book five stars –
And because it is not printed in bulk – a typical press run
And the cover is not made of
Two children – a boy and a girl in their early
teens – knelt over the motionless body of an-
other teen-age girl, trying to breathe life back
into her mangled, emaciated form. They were
trying to deny what was already, but for a few
last, labored breaths, a fact. A deputy prose-
cutor was later to call this death “the most ter-
rible crime ever committed in the state of Indi-
She’s all right!” screeched
The boy, a gangly 14-year-old whose
“Someone better call a doctor or somebody,“|
his companion told him when he regained the
top of the stairs. Stephanie Baniszewski, 15
years old, had never looked more serious. A
glint of reproach in her eyes told Richard Hobbs
that she meant it.
He started back down, taking the last three
What Patrolman Melvin Dixon saw after he
entered the house was the long, thin body of a
teen-age girl stretched out on her back on a
mattress on the floor of the upstairs bedroom.
Although she wore sweater and slacks, her
midriff was exposed; and Dixon could plainly
see the words “I’M A PROSTITUTE AND
PROUD OF IT!” freshly carved on her belly.
|Above that inscription, deeply branded into|
her chest, was a large, curious “3.” Her light
brown hair was shaggy, disheveled and cut
short. Her face was covered with sores, and
the left side of her face was discolored where
the skin had eroded. There were open sores
also around the markings on her abdomen, and
bruises. Dixon knew that she was dead. . . .
|Other literary works on the case|
The Sylvia Likens case has inspired at least five*
other books, a
The books* are
By Sanction of the Victim, a novel by
Another novel – Let’s Go Play at the Adams’
Let’s Go Play at the Adams’, The Basement, and The
* All those asterisks are for Lavinia Jewel's The Punishment
“Over hamburgers sold!”