During the early and mid 1960's many IPS schools (including IPS. 62) had skating parties at Rollerland. Both Sylvia and Jenny attended IPS. 62 on 10th & Wallace in the early 1960's. I always wondered if they ever were able to attend one of their school's skating parties while in the 7th & 8th grade.
The house to the left of 1726 was the neighbor and friend of Lester Likens. Delmar Burton lived at 1724 Colorado Ave. Evidently Lester and Delmar stayed in touch with one another in 1965. He knew the exact location where Sylvia's parents were staying in Jacksonville Florida on October 26th 1965. Delmar Burton made the dreaded phone call to Lester Likens, informing him that his daughter had been murdered.
This still appears desolate, all of these years later.
Thank you, MRDG1! You are extremely knowledgable with respect to this case. Your many contributions to this site are truly appreciated.
When Woodrow Hobbs remarried after his wife's death, he decided to pack up and leave Denny St. Eventually moving to the far eastside of Indlps. Before his death, Richard Hobbs also decided a change of scenery might be a good as well, and moved into a apartment complex on the far eastside of Indlps.
Yes,.. the Mcguire's lived on the left side of the duplex and the Vermillions lived on the right side directly next to 3850. Robert Hanlon lived on the other side of the double at 3852 facing Denny St. Mrs. Vermillion called Leroy New only to help Mr. Hanlon when he was falsely charged on breaking and entering Gertrude's side of the house.
So, did the McGuires live in the west side of the double next to Gertrude, and the Vermillions lived on the east side of the same double? Does anyone know who lived in the "Denny St. side" of Gertrude's double house? I haven't seen any mention of anyone. Perhaps it was vacant at the time. I'm shocked from Mrs. Vermillion's testimony, that no one ever attempted to speak to her, during the investigation. She had to call Leroy New's office in April, 1966, before the trial! Wouldn't the police have wanted to know what the neighbors may have heard? It just doesn't make any sense. The investigation and trial would be VERY different if this occurred now, rather than 1965.
I saw this house just last week and it is still vacant, along with the Hobbs' house. The home has further deteriorated. I can't imagine a family of 13 living in this. I believe Randy Lepper stated during his testimony that he had 10 siblings. Wow.
Yes the Likens lived at 3838 around 1962. I'm a little surprised the house was sold for that low of price. During demolition of the house at 3850 some of the debris was backfilled into the basement area and compacted over. In theory, pieces of the house are below the parking lot.
Before this photo of Mayor Ballard was taken, he had a private moment of thought and reflection by himself at the Memorial. He attended the 2011 Sylvia Likens Gathering with his wife Winnie along with his bodyguard/chauffer.
I drove by the "crime scene" this afternoon. The small white house directly beyond the porch has been painted light brown, with dark brown trim. It is still dilapidated yet appears to be inhabited. It sold as a city "surplus house" back in 2013 for approximately, $2,500. The address is 3838 E. New York, and is a prior residence of the Likens family. Amazing. Both the Lepper' house @ 3902 ENY, and the Hobbs' house @ 310 N. Denny are vacant, and desperately in need of repair. I have to say, I'm glad 3850 ENY was finally torn down in 2009. The now "parking lot" was covered with snow.
The jurors visited and inspected the premises of the house about halfway during Jenny Likens testimony. A very smart and strategic move by Leroy New. Even though the jurors were instructed Not to consider the house as evidence, the emotional impact from being at the actually crime scene most likely enhanced their opinions as Jenny's testimony concluded. The sheriff's even carried coleman lanterns down to the basement so the jurors would have the most maximum lighting to view the darken room.
Leroy New made the motion for the jury to inspect the premises at 3850 New York St. during the testimony of Jenny Likens. New himself,( as seen in this photo) did a site inspection of the premises before the Jury made the trip to the house. New noted the front door to the house was open when he arrived and was concerned about possible vandalism that might occur. I'm somewhat surprised the house wasn't secured better by the police and court till after the trial was over.
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