“The Most Terrible Crime Ever Committed In The State of Indiana “

GERTRUDE BANISZEWSKI AKA GERTRUDE WRIGHT
Age 37
Married Twice (Husband John Baniszewski lasted 10 years)
Had 7 children
At age 11, her father died (heart attack) in her presence
She lived at 3850 East New York Street
She was accused of 1st degree murder and torturer in Marion County Criminal Court #2
Her attorney was William C. Erbecker
Trial lasted 2 weeks
Pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity
Sentenced to life term at IWP
Lefted IWP on 12/4/85 at 8:30 A.M. on parole
Parole vote was 3-2
Gertrude served 20 years of life term, had a 2nd trial in Miami County

GERTRUDE BANISZEWSKI AKA GERTRUDE WRIGHT

THE BANISZEWSKI HOUSE

RICHARD HOBBS, FRIENDS WITH JOHNNY BANISZEWSK
Age 15
Father, Woodrow Hobbs lived at 310 North Denny Street
Freshman at Thomas Carr Howe High School
Charged with torturer and manslaughter
Hobbs stated he scripted words onto Sylvia’s stomach
Sentenced to 2-21 year terms at Indiana State Reformatory
Attorney James G. Nedeff
Died at age 21

RICHARD HOBBS

THE HOBBS’S HOUSE

PAULA BANISZEWSKI, GERTRUDE’S OLDEST DAUGHTER
Age 17
Pregnant during trial
Attorney for trial was George P. Rice Jr.
Charged with Assault, Battery, torturer and 2nd degree murder Sentenced to life term at IWP
On Dec 2nd, 1971 at 3:30 P.M., Paula escaped from IWP

PAULA BANISZEWSKI

STEPHANIE BANISZEWSKI, GERTRUDE’S SECOND OLDEST DAUGHTER

Age 15
Charged with 1st degree murder and torturing
Only person in house who helped Sylvia

COY R. HUBBARD, FRIENDS WITH JOHNNY BANISZEWSKI

Age 15
Lived at 435 North Linwood Ave
Charged with torture
Convicted of Manslaughter
Sentenced to 2-21 years at Indiana State Reformatory
On May 27th, 1966, his attorney filed a motion to free Hubbard due to being acquitted of murder

COY R. HUBBARD

THE HUBBARD’S HOUSE

JENNIE LIKENS

Age 15
Crippled due to polio
8th grader at School 78
Her attorney was Charles P. Gaddy
On November 30th 1966, Jennie flew to Poland Springs, Maine to women’s job corps center

SYLVIA LIKENS

Age 16
Native of Boone County
Lived with Baniszewski from July 12th – October 26th, 1965

Sylvia was beaten, cut, burned, tattooed, branded and mutilated
Sylvia died on October 26th, 1965 from a massive injury to her head Sylvia was burred on October 30th, 1965 at 3:30 P.M. in Oak Hill
Cemetery in Lebanon, Indiana with a memorial for her in Willard Park, Indianapolis, Indiana

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