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House of Evil: The Indiana Torture Slaying
House of Evil The Indiana Torture Slaying
Author: John Dean
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, prosecuto...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780312946999
ISBN-10: 0312946996
Publication Date: 7/29/2008
Pages: 256
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  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 36 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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wrongheaven avatar reviewed House of Evil: The Indiana Torture Slaying on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book is a very dry and straight-forward telling of the horrific murder of Sylvia Likens, who was beaten and tortured to death by not only her foster mother, but her children and several of the neighborhood children. The case will turn your stomach like nothing else. The first half of the book is the details of the torture she went through and the second half is the trial.
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Helpful Score: 1
Interesting book , but very sad and disturbing. Its scarey to think how one crazy woman could get kids / teenagers ( some her own) to do what they did to one of their peers ,and not be bothered by what they were doing. That woman should have been kept in prison.

I was first made aware of this book when I read " The Girl next door" by Jack Ketchum ,a fiction book that was based on this story and Silvia Laken.
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lillexxie12 avatar reviewed House of Evil: The Indiana Torture Slaying on
This was a very disturbing book about a evil woman who ring leads a bunch of teenagers, even her own children, in unimaginable torture to the victim Sylvia.
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Not a book to be read by the weak of heart.
It is also a page turner.

If you want to watch a movie based on this story watch "An American Crime". Though the movie is intensifying enough, it lacks the whole gruesome truth.


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