The Indiana Torture Slaying: Sylvia Likens' Ordeal And Death
In the heart of Indianapolis in the mid 1960’s, through a twist of fate and fortune, a pretty young girl came to live with a thirty-seven-year-old mother and her seven children. What began as a temporary childcare arrangement between Sylvia Likens’s parents and Gertrude Baniszewski turned into a crime that would haunt cops, prosecutors, and a community for decades to com
I've spent a few years trying to track down the original Beeline Press release of John Dean's The Indiana Torture Slaying, so I was thrilled when I heard St. Martin's was going to re-release the book in 2008 thanks to the interested generated by the films An American Crime and The Girl Next Door. The Indiana Torture Slaying, now retitled House of Evil, has long been touted as the definitive book on the Likens case; not hav ...more
by John Dean
After hearing of the story, and watching the movies, The Indiana Torture Slaying was a hard book to pick up and start. This book is the interpretation of the torture, and eventual murder of a young girl named Sylvia Likens.This book is written in a journalistic and very literal manner.
Sylvia and her sister Jenny were part of a big and very unordinary, yet loving, family. Their mother was in jail for ...more
It was written by a newspaper reporter, is a fast read and pretty much covers the facts and not much else. In fact, it reads like a very long newspaper story and doesn't really delve into anything beneath the surface.
For the basics on the case, the trial and the a ...more
This book however, doesn't do this case justice. The author's writing is sporadic, dry, even confusing at times. It lacks any kind of emotion to the events in which the author describes, leaving much to be desired. It's bad enough when the case itself is a sad one, but even mor ...more
I found House of Evil to be very surface-le ...more
What was never really made clear in either the book or the movie, Sylvia was made the sca ...more
Point 1) I can't bring myself to believe that Sylvia started the prostitution rumors. Stephanie's testimony seemed to be full of rubbish. I have a feeling they falsely accused her of a lot of things just to find excuses to punish her.
Point 2) I think Sylvia (and Jenny) didn't seek help when the violence was escalating because, like the children who abused her, they truly believed the punishment was legitimate. I know ...more
On the other hand, as with any true ...more
Should yo ...more
Now, years later, I saw this republished edition at my local Library and decided to pick it up for a re-read.
Yep, still shocked and sickened by this case.
Most of the main characters are now deceased and ...more