Friday, December 28, 2012

Most evil women in history-Gertrude Baniszewski

Gertrude Baniszewski (1929-1990)

Gertrude Baniszewski was an Indiana divorcée who oversaw and facilitated the prolonged torture, mutilation, and eventual murder of Sylvia Likens, a 16-year-old girl she had taken into her home. Baniszewski was given $20.00 a week to watch the Likens children from their parents who were traveling with the Flordia circus. When the Likens girls parents were late with their first weeks payment for the babysitting, Baniszewski decided to give Sylvia and her sister Jenny a beating… and her brutality escalated over the next three months. She also recruited others to help her beat the children. But that wasn’t the worst. When Sylvia urinated on the mattress one night, the basement was made her prison. She was starved of any food and forced to eat and drink her own feces and urine. She died when she was knocked down onto the concrete floor when she was trying to get the attention of the neighbors. When police arrived, they found Sylvia lying on a mattress on a second-story bedroom. Her body was covered with scars, burns, and welts, and on her stomach was the words “i am a prostitute and proud of it” carved into her skin. When she was convicted of first-degree murder, the case was called “the single worst crime perpetrated against an individual in Indiana’s history”.



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