Sylvia Likens was born January 3, 1949 the third child of five to carnival workers Lester Cecil Likens and Elizabeth, Betty, Frances. One immediate neighbor of the Baniszewskis would later inform police she had heard the desperate commotion and that she had identified the source as emanating from the basement of 3850 East New York Street, but that as the noise had suddenly ceased at approximately 3:00 a.m., she decided not to inform police about the disturbance. A 1965 radio interview with one of the neighborhood boys who beat Sylvia. Sylvia Likens: Worst case of torture!! Minutes later, Likens unsuccessfully attempted to bite into a rotten pear she had been given to eat, stating she could feel the looseness in her teeth. She was born between two sets of fraternal twins: Diana and Danny (two years older), and Jenny and Benny (one year younger, the former disabled by polio). Both initially viewed Gertrude as an ideal caregiver for the Likens sisters and both had visited the Baniszewski residence on two occasions when the girls had been under Gertrude's care. Comfort was a word she had never heard of but pain stuck to her like a leech. Faker!" Her family is thankful, though, it doesn't have to be that way anymore ... she did not die in vain; she died a horrific death, but because of that, we're hoping that another child can be saved. She died from brain swelling, internal hemorrhaging of the brain and shock. When the police came, Gertrude stuck with her cover story. [93], In an attempt to wash Likens, a laughing John Baniszewski Jr. sprayed her with a garden hose brought to the house that afternoon by Randy Lepper at Gertrude's request. [104], Lacking any remorse, Paula signed a statement admitting having repeatedly beaten Sylvia about the backside with her mother's police belt, also once breaking her wrist on Sylvia's jaw, and inflicting other acts of brutality including pushing her down the stairs into the basement "two or three times", and inflicting a black eye. 16:58. [92] Upon hearing this, Jenny replied: "Don't you remember, Sylvia? Although John Baniszewski had a volatile temper and occasionally beat his wife, the two would remain together for ten years prior to their first divorce. Gertrude spread every story she could imagine to get the local kids to join in on the beatings. She was born between two sets of fraternal twins—Daniel and Dianna (two years older than she), and Benny and Jenny (one year younger). In response, her mother's attorney, William Erbecker, sneeringly replied, "Including yourself? Ha ha ha! Lepper also testified to having witnessed Stephanie strike Likens "real hard" after her mother had ordered her to remove her clothes in his presence. Gertrude Baniszewski eventually allowed Likens to sleep upstairs, on the condition that she learned not to wet herself. Though a frail woman, Gertrude used a heavy paddle and thick, leather belt from one of her husband’s who had been a cop. The torture and murder of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens at the hands of the woman entrusted to care for her stands as one of the most harrowing and unthinkable atrocities in the annals of American crime. Following her 1972 parole, Paula Baniszewski assumed a new identity. Six years later, she dropped out of high school at age 16 to marry 18-year-old John Stephan Baniszewski (1926–2007), who was originally from Youngsville, Pennsylvania, and to whom she bore four children. Jenny later reported how Diana snuck food into the basement in which Sylvia was hidden. Sylvia started to begin the note like the one she had previously been forced to write, “Dear Mom and Dad,” but Mrs. Wright told her to stop and made her start over with the peculiar salutation, “To Mr. and Mrs. Likens.” After Sylvia’s death, this letter would be turned over to a cop by Mrs. Wright. to rouse her,[7] then, panicking, instructed Richard Hobbs to call the police from a nearby payphone. An autopsy revealed over 150 separate strikes against her body. The tragic legacy of Sylvia Likens. Sylvia Likens died Oct. 26, 1965. Gertrude accused Sylvia of stealing from her and burned the girl’s fingertips. Gertrude did move Likens into the kitchen and—having propped her back against a wall—attempt to feed her a doughnut and a glass of milk, although she threw Likens to the floor in frustration when Likens was unable to correctly move the glass of milk to her lips. All signatures gathered demanded that Gertrude Baniszewski remain incarcerated for the remainder of her life. [113][n 8], Three weeks prior to the filing of the indictments against the five defendants, Stephanie Baniszewski had been released from custody upon a writ of habeas corpus bond, with her attorney successfully contending the state had insufficient evidence to support any murder or culmination of fatal injuries charges against her. Gertrude, however, refused Dianna entrance to her property, stating that she had "[received] permission" from their parents not to allow either girl to see her. Erbecker then tapped his head to emphasize his reference to her state of mind, before adding: "If this woman is sane, put her in [the electric chair]. He then referred to Hobbs' courage in opting to testify in his own defense and the "savage and relentless cross-examination" to which he had been subjected by Leroy New. Gertrude was every bit as poor as the Likens and had seven of her own kids to support in her run-down home. Upon hearing Judge Rabb pronounce the verdicts, Gertrude and her children burst into tears and attempted to console each other, as Hobbs and Hubbard remained impassive. John Jr. admitted to having "spanked" Sylvia on one occasion, adding that "most of the time, I used my fists" to abuse her. FrancisNicholas35328217. [112], In his eulogy, the Reverend Gibson stated: "We all have our time (of passing), but we won't suffer like our little sister suffered during the last days of her life. She became evasive when one officer stated the likely reasons Likens had become incontinent were her mental distress and injury to her kidneys. [43][44] Gertrude repeatedly falsely accused Likens of promiscuity and of engaging in prostitution, delivering rants to Likens regarding the filthiness of prostitution and of women in general. ", "When Sylvia Likens was Killed, Part of Our Childhoods Died, Too", "Looking Back On Indiana's Most Infamous Crime, 50 Years Later", "Teen Girl Fatally Bullied in Indiana House of Horrors". During her testimony, Jenny stated the abuse her sister and, to a much lesser degree, she herself had endured began approximately two weeks after they had begun to live in the Baniszewski household, and that as the abuse her sister was forced to endure escalated, Likens had occasionally been unable to produce tears due to her acute state of dehydration. She then kicked Likens in the genitals. [135], John Stephen Baniszewski Jr.[180] lived in relative obscurity under the alias John Blake. [66] Upon their second visit to the Baniszewski household, both observed Likens to appear extremely meek and somewhat "zombified" in nature. The Baniszewski kids practiced karate on Sylvia, slammed her into walls and onto the floor. Paula—herself overweight, three months pregnant and also jealous of her physical appearance—then participated in attacking Likens; knocking her off her chair onto the kitchen floor, shouting, "You ain't fit to sit in a chair! The wounds themselves varied in location, nature, severity, and the actual stage of healing. This is "Sylvia Likens Autopsy Photos - WOW.com - Image Results" by Trixie Terrell on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. I can tell it! Gertrude Baniszewski was granted parole on good behavior on Dec. 4, 1985. Then, when she came back to, she stomped on her head. Sylvia, however, soon became the focus of the abuse. Sylvia Likens' sister missing. Upon returning home that day, Stephanie questioned Likens about the rumor and she admitted to starting it. They included burns, muscle damage, nerve damage, a swollen vaginal cavity, fingernails broken backward, and she had reportedly bitten through her lips. [71] On one occasion, Gertrude held a knife aloft and challenged Likens to "fight me back", to which Likens replied she did not know how to fight. Sidestepping the multiple instances of testimony delivered at trial describing Paula and her mother as by far the most enthusiastic participants in Likens' physical abuse, Rice claimed the evidence presented against his client did not equate to her actual guilt of murder. At the defendants' trial, Deputy Prosecutor Leroy New described the case as "the most diabolical case to ever come before a court or jury"[1] and Gertrude's defense attorney, William C. Erbecker,[2] described Likens as having been subjected to acts of "degradation that you wouldn't commit on a dog" prior to her death. Moreover, all of Likens' fingernails were broken backwards[n 7] and most of the external layers of skin upon the child's face, breasts, neck, and right knee had peeled or receded. After three months of torture and starvation, she could no longer form intelligible words and could barely move her limbs. They had seen Paula strike the girl in the Baniszewski home on two separate occasions but claimed not to report the abuse because they feared for their own lives. Ha ha ha! Gertrude told her, “I don’t care what you do to Sylvia.” She invited over to her home and just watched as Anna threw Sylvia down to the ground, beat her face, and kick her. Richard Hobbs, Coy Hubbard, and John Baniszewski Jr. were all convicted of manslaughter and given two 2-to-21-year prison sentences based on the fact that they were minors. Weeks after her third divorce, Baniszewski began a relationship with a 22-year-old named Dennis Lee Wright, who also physically abused her. Throughout his adult life, Hubbard was repeatedly imprisoned for various criminal offenses, on one occasion being charged with the 1977 murders of two young men, although largely due to the fact the chief witnesses to testify at his trial had been a convicted criminal acquaintance of Hubbard's who admitted to having been in his company at the time of the murders,[178] he was acquitted of this charge. After this, she would often be “cleansed” in a scalding hot bath. Sylvia was so weak from her injuries she could not have possibly gotten too far. Sylvia was more confident and went by the nickname “Cookie” and had been described as pretty though she had a missing front tooth. Oct 20, 2017 - Explore Mike Jones's board "Sylvia Likens" on Pinterest. The pair then subjected Likens to a scalding bath to "cleanse her of sin," with Gertrude grabbing Likens' hair and repeatedly banging her head against the bath to revive her when she fainted. Gertrude Baniszewski demanded that Jenny join in, lest she take her sister’s place as the brunt of the abuse. Jenny was quiet and withdrawn with a limp from polio. The last occasion Lester and Elizabeth visited their daughters was in late-August. Richard Hobbs, a neighbor boy who helped beat Sylvia Likens to death, Oct. 28, 1965. Upon hearing this, Gertrude asked, "Why did you do that, Sylvia?" Gertrude could tell too and so she forced Sylvia to write a note in which she told her parents that she’d run away. [135][183], The injury to person charges brought against the other juveniles known to have actively physically, mentally, and emotionally tormented Likens: Anna Ruth Siscoe, Judy Darlene Duke, Michael John Monroe, Darlene McGuire, and Randy Gordon Lepper, were later dropped. ", On December 30, 1965, the Marion County grand jury returned first-degree murder indictments against Gertrude Baniszewski and two of her three oldest children: Paula and John Baniszewski Jr. Also indicted were Richard Hobbs and Coy Hubbard. When Paula asked her to recite the English alphabet, Likens was unable to recite anything beyond the first four letters, or to raise herself off the ground. She then ordered Dianna off her property. [46] With the active encouragement of Gertrude, these neighborhood children routinely beat Likens,[47] sometimes using her as a practice dummy in violent judo sessions,[48] lacerating her body, burning her skin with lit cigarettes in excess of 100 times,[49] and severely injuring her genitals. "[61], On one occasion, in September, the girls encountered their older sister, Dianna Shoemaker, at a local park. The 16-year-old was held captive,abusedandtortured to deathover a period of three months by Gertrude Baniszewski, Baniszewski's children, and other neighborhood children. The blood of this girl will forevermore be on their souls. Coy Hubbard then took the curtain rod from Gertrude and struck Likens one further time, rendering her unconscious. [38], On October 22, John Baniszewski Jr. tormented Likens by offering to allow her to eat a bowl of soup with her fingers and then quickly taking away the bowl when Likens—by this stage suffering from extreme malnourishment—attempted to eat the food. However, when Stephanie's boyfriend—15-year-old Coy Randolph Hubbard[40] heard this rumor, he brutally attacked Likens; slapping her, banging her head against the wall and flipping her backwards onto the floor. The tragic legacy of Sylvia Likens. [29], By the morning of October 26, Likens was unable to either speak intelligibly or to correctly coordinate the movement of her limbs. [170] The baby daughter to whom she had given birth while being tried in 1966, and whom she named after her mother, was later adopted. Faker!" It is a nightmare come to life — and death — in 1965 Indianapolis. In response to hearing this, Gertrude asked if she had "ever done anything with a boy" to which Likens—unsure of her meaning—replied, "I guess so" and offered that she had gone skating with boys there, and once went to a park on the beach with them and Jenny. Shortly thereafter, Gertrude shouted for Likens to return to the kitchen, then ordered her to strip naked before proclaiming to her: "You have branded my daughters; now I am going to brand you." "[101][100], The formal statement provided by Jenny Likens prompted officers to arrest Gertrude, Paula, Stephanie, and John Baniszewski Jr. on suspicion of Likens' murder within hours of the discovery of her body. [117][119][n 9], Each prospective juror was questioned by counsels for both prosecution and defense in relation to their opinions regarding capital punishment being a just penalty for first-degree murder and whether a mother was actually responsible for the "deportment of her children". This is the most hideous thing Indiana has ever seen and, I hope, will ever see. Sylvia … Sylvia Likens' death is credited with the adoption of Indiana's mandated reporter law, and with an increased understanding of the investigation and recognition of abuse. "[7], Sections of Jenny Likens' testimony were later corroborated by that of Randy Lepper, who stated he had once witnessed Likens crying, but that she had shed no actual tears. [16][n 1] Both girls frequently resided with relatives—often their grandmother—so that their schoolwork would not suffer while their parents and brothers traveled with the carnival. [65], The immediate neighbors of the Baniszewski family were a middle-aged couple named Raymond and Phyllis Vermillion. In her death throes, Sylvia bit through her lips, nearly severing each of them. [135] Despite twice unsuccessfully having attempted to escape from prison in 1971, she was released in December 1972. [126] He then visibly smirked as he confessed to having himself beaten Likens on anywhere between 10 and 40 separate instances. [153] Although prosecutors did re-submit their case against Stephanie before a grand jury on May 26, 1966, the decision to later prosecute her in a separate trial never materialized. [122] Richard Hobbs was defended by James G. Nedder; John Baniszewski Jr. and Coy Hubbard were defended by Forrest Bowman. Murder of Sylvia Likens. Sylvia Likens’ body is carried inside of a closed casket, 1965. "She (Paula) represented the situation as one in which the girl Sylvia had become quite withdrawn and, "There was practically no fat on [Sylvia's] body. The gruesome murder of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens at the hands of the Baniszewski family is still considered one of the most disturbing crimes in the history of Indiana. Later that day, Likens was forced to display the carving to neighborhood children, with Gertrude claiming she had received the inscription at a sex party. Baniszewski; her oldest daughter, Paula; her son, John; and two neighborhood youths, Coy Hubbard and Richard Hobbs, were all tried and convicted in May 1966 of neglecting, torturing, and murdering Likens. [42] Later, Paula used the cast on her wrist to further beat Likens. Lester Likens cryptically requested that Baniszewski straighten his daughters out,” when he placed them in her care for $20 a week. When Gertrude found out, she used the paddle to beat Likens. She worked in the prison sewing shop[157] and was known as somewhat of a "den mother" to younger female inmates, becoming known to some within the prison by the nickname "Mom". He died on February 5, 2012, at the age of 47. ODN. ", --Section of Deputy Prosecutor Marjorie Wessner's. She died of a heart attack on June 23, 2004, at the age of 54. https://historyandotherthingsweb.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/sylvia-likens [103] Gertrude further admitted to having forced the girl to sleep in the basement on approximately three occasions when she had wet the bed. [165][167], Reflecting upon the news of Gertrude Baniszewski's death and the issues raised pertaining to her sanity at both of her trials, John Dean, a former reporter for the Indianapolis Star who had provided extensive coverage of the case, would state in 2015: "I never thought she was insane. Her vaginal cavity was almost swollen shut, although an examination of the canal determined that her hymen was still intact, discrediting Gertrude's assertions Likens had been three months pregnant,[108] a prostitute, and promiscuous. This dedication was attended by several hundred people, including members of the Likens family. Lepper—who had visibly smirked[127] as he testified to having hit Likens on up to 40 separate occasions—died at the age of 56 on November 14, 2010. The Torturing Death of Sylvia Marie Likens: Was She a Masochist? [137] Dr. Schuster was subjected to over two hours of intense cross-examination by Gertrude's lawyer, William Erbecker, although he remained steadfast that Gertrude was not and had never been psychotic. As a result, laws changed and awareness increased. She began carving the words "I'M A PROSTITUTE AND PROUD OF IT" onto Likens' abdomen with a heated needle. In response, Gertrude forced the crackers into Likens' mouth before she and John Baniszewski beat her—particularly around the stomach. In response, Gertrude accused Likens of engaging in gluttony before she and Paula choked and bludgeoned her. At that time, the Likens parents had left Sylvia and Jenny in the care of Mrs. Baniszewski—they knew her as “Mrs. [50] To entertain Gertrude and her teenage accomplices, Likens was forced at one point to strip naked in the family living room and masturbate with a glass Pepsi-Cola bottle in their presence,[13][51][52] with Gertrude stating to all present this act of humiliation being for Sylvia to "prove to Jenny what kind of a girl you are. The site where 3850 East New York Street once stood is now a church parking lot. In the years prior to her own death, Jenny Likens Wade had repeatedly emphasized no blame should be placed upon either of her parents for placing her and Sylvia in the care of Gertrude Baniszewski; stating all her parents had done was trust Gertrude's promise to actually care for them until their return to Indiana with the traveling carnival. As a punishment, Likens was forced to insert an empty glass Coca-Cola bottle into her vagina in the presence of the Baniszewski children before Gertrude ordered her into the basement. [182] He died of diabetes in the Lancaster General Hospital on May 19, 2005, at the age of 52. [110], The funeral service for Sylvia Likens was conducted at the Russell & Hitch Funeral Home in Lebanon on the afternoon of October 29. I take full responsibility for whatever happened to Sylvia. See more ideas about sylvia likens, sylvia, true crime. Paula Baniszewski was found guilty of second-degree murder,[117] and Hobbs, Hubbard, and John Baniszewski Jr. were found guilty of manslaughter. She named her child Gertrude in honor of her mother. "[100], As previously instructed by Gertrude, Jenny Likens recited the rehearsed version of events leading to Likens' death shortly after 5:30 p.m. that afternoon to police, before whispering to the officers: "You get me out of here and I'll tell you everything. Paula, who herself was pregnant, accused Sylvia of being with child and mutilated the girl’s genitals. John Baniszewski Jr. even changed his name and sought out refuge in rural Texas as a minister. Alejano likens 'narco list' to 'death list' INQUIRER.net. The murder of Sylvia Likens took place in Indianapolis, Indiana, ... An examination and autopsy of Likens' body revealed numerous burns, bruising, muscle and nerve damage. She loved rollerskating and the Beatles. Gertrude then dragged Likens into the basement. [158][159] Jenny Likens and other immediate family members of Likens vehemently protested against any prospect of her release. [25] She also had a fondness for music—in particular the Beatles—and was notably protective of her markedly more timid and insecure younger sister. Then one week their father’s payment came in late. Gertrude would later occasionally force Jenny to strike her own sister, beating Jenny if she did not comply. [117] On May 19, 1966, after deliberating for eight hours, the panel of eight men and four women found Gertrude Baniszewski guilty of first-degree murder,[151] recommending a sentence of life imprisonment. Hobbs testified Gertrude had begun etching the insult into Likens' abdomen before asking him to finish the task. Sylvia Marie Likens, born on January 3, 1949, was the third child of Lester and Elizabeth Likens. 1:31. On this occasion, neither girl exhibited any visible sign of distress about their mistreatment to their parents—likely because both were in the presence of Gertrude and her children. [53] Gertrude further claimed that Likens was a bad influence on both her own children and her sister. The same day, 13-year-old Judy Duke also testified, admitting to having witnessed Likens once endure salt being rubbed into sores upon her legs until she screamed. She visited the property in an attempt to initiate regular contact. 16-year-old Sylvia Likens before staying with Gertrude Bansizewski and after being tortured to death. [165] She never accepted full responsibility for Likens' prolonged torment and death; insisting she was unable to precisely recall any of her actions in the months of Likens' prolonged and increasing abuse and torment within her home. Taken back to Lebanon, she was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery on October 29, 1965. I see her wherever I look". Erbecker then referred to the earlier testimony of a psychiatrist who had called into question Gertrude's sanity before concluding his argument. [28][n 3], Shortly after the July 4 holiday, the sisters moved into 3850 East New York Street in order that their father and, later, their mother[n 4] could travel to the East Coast with the carnival, with the understanding that Gertrude would receive weekly boarding fees of $20 to care for their daughters until they returned to collect Sylvia and Jenny in November of that year. "[141], William Erbecker was the first defense attorney to deliver his closing argument before the jury; he attempted to portray his client as being insane and thus unable to appreciate the severity or criminality of her actions, stating: "I condemn her for being a murderess, that's what I do, but I say she's not responsible, because she's not all here!" I thought she was a downtrodden, mean woman. Her parents Lester Cecil Likens and Elizabeth Frances. Comfort was a word she had never heard of but pain stuck to her like a leech. The tragic legacy of Sylvia Likens. They included burns, muscle damage, nerve damage, a swollen vaginal cavity, fingernails broken backward, and she had reportedly bitten through her lips. After about eight years behind bars, Paula was released and she moved to Iowa where she changed her name and became a teacher’s aide. [24], In response to questioning relating to whether she had physically abused the Likens sisters, Gertrude claimed that although she had "started to spank" Likens on one occasion, she was emotionally unable to finish doing so, and had not hit the child on any further occasions. "[135] Dean has also likened the case to William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies, although he has stated Likens' increasing physical and emotional abuse was not a result of "children going wild; it was children doing what they were told". ". We'll never know the pain and suffering that Sylvia endured ... the best evidence of that was the picture of her lips—lips that were bitten into shreds! In 1971, both Gertrude and Paula were re-tried to the result that Gertrude was again found guilty. Jenny was also subjected to bullying by girls in her neighborhood, in addition to occasionally being ridiculed or beaten whenever she alluded to Sylvia's situation. Sylvia Likens’ body is carried inside of a closed casket, 1965. [36], On another occasion, in late-August, Likens was subjected to humiliation when she claimed to have a boyfriend in Long Beach, whom she had met in the spring of 1965 when her family lived in California. [113][175], Richard Hobbs, Coy Hubbard, and John Baniszewski Jr. each served less than two years in the Indiana Reformatory before being granted parole on February 27, 1968. On May 19, 1966, a jury found Gertrude Baniszewski guilty of first-degree murder, and her daughter, Paula Baniszewski, was found guilty of … That night, Sylvia whispered to Jenny to secretly give her a glass of water before falling asleep.[77]. [102] The three eldest Baniszewski children, plus Coy Hubbard, were placed in the custody of a nearby juvenile detention center; the younger Baniszewski children and Richard Hobbs were detained at the Indianapolis Children's Guardians Home. and in three months I beat Sylvia Likens with this police belt, about twenty-five times on her but, leaving bruises, on the first of August, 1965, I broke my wrist when I hit Sylvia Likens in the jaw, leaving a bruise. At this memorial service, Dianna informed those present that Sylvia's legacy "must always be remembered. [125], On May 2 and 3, Jenny Likens testified against all five defendants, stating that each had repeatedly and extensively both physically and emotionally abused her sister, adding that Likens had done nothing to provoke the assaults and that there had been no truth in either the rumors she had been falsely accused of spreading or the slurs each had made against Likens' character. [110] Both the shock she had primarily suffered due to the severe and prolonged damage inflicted to her skin and subcutaneous tissues, plus the severe malnutrition,[111] were listed as contributory factors to her death. What are you going to do? It looks like you're going to have a baby." Sylivia and her siblings would live in 19 separate addresses between 1949 and 1965. Age 16 years (age at death) old. Throughout the period of Likens' captivity in the basement, Gertrude frequently—with the assistance of her children and neighborhood children—restrained Likens before placing her in a bathtub filled with scalding water before proceeding to rub salt into her wounds. Baniszewski, her children, Hobbs, and Hubbard were held without bail pending their trials. Jenny Likens, Sylvia’s sister, photographed during the trial. [98], Clutching a Bible,[99] Paula Baniszewski—having stated to all present in the household that Likens' death was "meant to happen"— then glanced in Jenny's direction and calmly stated: "If you want to live with us, Jenny, we'll treat you like our own sister. It was called the most terrible crime ever committed in Indiana, and half a century later, that title still holds. In response to this effort, Gertrude stamped upon Likens' head before standing and staring at her for several moments. Both her older siblings, Diana and Danny, and her younger siblings, Jenny and Benny, were fraternal twins. She was released from prison on December 4, 1985. [88] She attempted to flee to the front door, although due to her extensive injuries and general weakness, Gertrude caught her before she could escape the property. [136] Another witness to testify on behalf of the prosecution, Grace Sargent, stated how she had sat close to Paula on a church bus and had heard her openly bragging about breaking her own wrist due to the severity of a beating she had inflicted to Likens' face on August 1. Wikimedia Commons/YouKnew?/YouTube16-year-old Sylvia Likens before staying with Gertrude Bansizewski and after being tortured to death. [81] Both Hobbs and 10-year-old Shirley Baniszewski then led Likens into the basement where each proceeded to use an anchor bolt in an attempt to burn the letter "S" beneath Likens' left breast, although they applied one section of the loop backwards, and this deep burn scar would resemble the numeral "3". "[129], The following day, Gertrude Baniszewski testified in her own defense. He became a lay minister, frequently hosting counseling sessions to the children of divorced parents. “Some good news,” Jenny wrote to her mother with a copy of the woman’s obituary. 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