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Old 01-24-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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What ever became of Silvia Liken's sister Jenny Likens? Does anyone know? I'm curious. She went through a horrible ordeal but it's obvious that Silvia really loved her to protect her from the abuse. A lot of times a child will still end up OK as long as they have at least one person that loves them.
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Unfortunately she passed away in 2004.

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Jenny Fay Wade 54, Beech Grove, died June 23, 2004. She was born February 13, 1950 in Indianapolis.

Survivors include her husband, Leonard Wade; son Bob Ford; daughter Tammy Ford; father Lester Likens; brother Danny Likens; sister Diane Nutchel; mother-in-law Gladys Hostetler; and one grandchild. She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty (Grimes) Likens Matheson; brother Benny Likens; and sister, Sylvia Likens.

Services entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Chapel of the Chimes.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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They made a movie about her, I watched online. Dang!
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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God that was a sad story. Saw the film with Catherine Keener "An American Crime": Gertrude Baniszewski was a monster, the film shows how neighbors and clergy ignored the signs of child abuse.
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:42 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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What really went on was a lot worse than what was depicted in the movie.

Read "House of Evil" by John Dean for a more accurate account.
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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What makes this absolutely insane is the fact that good old Gertrude basically ordered a gang of kids to kill another kid.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:57 PM
 
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I recall reading somewhere that Sylvia's sister had the satisfaction of living to hear about the death of Gertrude. She was interviewed by the press and had some choice words about Gertrude, but I don't remember the exact quote.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:19 PM
 
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I recall reading somewhere that Sylvia's sister had the satisfaction of living to hear about the death of Gertrude. She was interviewed by the press and had some choice words about Gertrude, but I don't remember the exact quote.
But it couldn't have helped ENOUGH with the horrible memory of watching her sister dying by inches.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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If I read the true story it would be very upsetting. How could neighbors (if they heard it, which it seems they would, houses were close together) not have called police?....
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:48 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I recall reading somewhere that Sylvia's sister had the satisfaction of living to hear about the death of Gertrude. She was interviewed by the press and had some choice words about Gertrude, but I don't remember the exact quote.

Jenny, Sylvia's younger sister was spared most of the torture, physical and mental degradation that was inflicted on her elder sister.

Why that happened, why Sylvia was selected: is up for debate. I have my ideas.

Jenny Likens was given a clipping of the obituary of Gertrude Baniszewski by her mother. I can't say if Jenny did or did not do every thing that she could to rescue her sister from her horrible fate.

I know that I was only seven at the time, and if I had seen anything like this, or heard anything like this that was, or might have been going on in a home in which I was living, I would have known that this was wrong TERRIBLY WRONG, and I would have notified the authorities. In 1965 that would have been the police.

There were no innocent bystanders there save the dog, and the Baniszewski's toddler son. PERIOD.
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