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MURDERED: Sylvia Likens

Sylvia Likens was a happy, beautiful 16-year-old when her parents left her and her sister in the care of Gertrude Baniszewski while they went on the road for work. Within a few short months, Sylvia was beaten, humiliated, and ultimately left to die from neglect and severe abuse. The abuse was inflicted by not only Gertrude, but the Baniszewski children and neighborhood kids as well.

The Case

Sylvia Likens
Sylvia Likens

Photo found HERE

Gertrude Baniszewski
Gertrude Baniszewski at Trial

Photo found HERE

Gertrude Baniszewski
More recent picture of Gertrude, or "Nadine Von Fosser".

Photo found HERE

Paula Baniszewski
Paula Baniszewski

Photo and article on Paula being fired as a teacher’s aid in Iowa found HERE

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