The left side of this duplex house is where Sylvia lived at when she attended her only full semester at Tech High School in 1964. Jenny & Benny went to IPS. # 3 by Rural & Washington St. while living here.
The old RCA factory on Michigan St. is in the process of being demolished. Many people that were part of this case worked at the RCA plant. Some of which were, the Vermillions, John Baniszewki Sr. (who retired from RCA), Betty Likens,and even Gertrude at one time.The factory closed in the 1990's along with the other RCA factories in Indiana.This site was once both a record stamping plant and television assembly plant.
When we visited Shanda's roadside memorial where she lost her life some 20 years ago, I couldn't help but notice the small plastic ziplock bag. Inside the bag appeared to be a few photos and a note written on the back of a sales receipt of some sort .Out of Respect for whomever left it, I didn't open it. This remote area where Shanda Sharer's burnt and mutilated body was found is about 15 miles north of Madison,Indiana.
According to a retired Indianapolis homicide detective, "Gertrude was already terminally ill upon her release in Dec. of 1985".
Where I live they have a few big old homes converted into those one room apartments, or house that are apartments on 2 different floors.
Apartments don't look like that where I live. It's interesting to see how different things are in different states.
The small steps and door in this photo was the entry for the upstairs apartment #2. they must of been another set of stairs on the other side of the door leading to the second floor of this house. Betty, Sylvia and Jenny lived Apartment #2 upstairs in late June and early July of 1965.
Yeah, because if she was born in 1929, she would've been 36 in 1965 instead of 37. I often got confused about her birth year because I read that she was 37 when Sylvia died, then I read on other websites that she was born in 1929. So I counted the years and it added up to 36 instead of 37. It was just confusing to me. Thanks for the clarification.
This church is still in existence today at 52nd and Central Ave. on the north side of Indlps. The building pretty much looks the same as in this picture. The small apartment Gertrude lived in while on parole under the guidance of Rubin Fields could very well have been one of the buildings to the right of the church in the photo.
Forrest Bowman's Dad was a Indlps. Police officer. His son and daughter followed a career in Law like their father. Mr. Bowman, along with his son and daughter have a current practicing Law Firm in downtown Indianapolis. Forrest Bowman is no longer a defense attorney. He now engages in only civil litigations.
Υeah, Gertrude threatened her, so the only thing she could do was just leaving? Τhey were her sisters, she could go to the police and ask for help, she didn't do anything, shame on her and to her parents who left their beautiful daughters with a stranger, unreliable people...
That picture right there sends shivers down my spine. It looks so dark and creepy, even for a white house! There wasn't even the black trim at that time.
I wonder if that was taken right on the night of the 26th of October 1965?
The man on the porch looks to be a crime scene investigator.
Below the gravel parking lot at the 3850 site lies pieces of the house where Sylvia died. During the demolition process parts of the house were dumped into the basement area and compacted by the massive backhoe used during demolition of the structure. They are No signage or Wey marker Plaque to indicate what horrors took place here some 48 years ago.
Yes, Maureen did briefly talk to Sylvia when she recalled seeing her at Fire Station # 12. They were not friends nor did they know one another till that day. She did say Sylvia told her she was staying with a family for the summer that lived around the corner on New York St. I have a gut feeling Sylvia was deprived of food a lot more than what we thought.
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