The old community center at Brookside Park was a gathering place for many east side teenagers during the 1960's. Eastside High Schools such as Tech and Howe would hold school dances and other functions and events at the Community Center. During the summer months, the Indlps. Parks Dept. would also hold functions and various activities at the Community Center for the neighborhood kids as well. It's a pretty safe bet that Sylvia and Jenny probably was in this building during the summer of 1965 while staying at the Baniszewski's.
There's some interesting information in this article. One of the members on the 1985 parole board was John J. Barton. He was the Mayor of Indianapolis from 1964-68. He would've been the acting Mayor in 1965 when Sylvia was killed.
The area behind the Memorial has change since its dedication in 2001. The Fire Station next to Willard Park has since claimed some of the land behind the memorial. They installed a tall chain link fence near the memorial site. I'm not sure when the bench behind the Memorial was installed.
A interesting contrast in comparing the outcome of parole decisions concerning infamous murder cases in Indiana. Gertrude Baniszewski was paroled 20 years later after her crime. The other infamous case of a torture murder being that of 12 year old Shanda Sharer. The 2 main perpetrators of that crime are still in prison as of today.Melinda Loveless and Toni Lawrence were about 16 years old when they tortured and killed Shanda Sharer. Gertrude was 37 when she committed her crime. Go Figure
I never noticed this before, could the lady on the far left standing in front of the garage door of the funeral home be Lucille Allen? Sure looks a lot like her .I also wonder if the guy walking behind Sylvia's casket is Rev. Louis Gibson. who gave the eulogy?? Sylvia's grave plot was donated by the Stevens Family. Their son Craig was killed in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He is buried next to Sylvia on the right side of hers.
[quote="moelhugo"]Why is there a Canadian flag next to gravestone?[/quote Unfortunately, I don't know who left the little Canadian flag, or what special meaning it had. Nonetheless, it had a special sentiment by whom ever placed it there. A little footnote on this cemetery where Jenny is buried at. Remember the little girl named Anita Ayers who live in the neighborhood by 3850 and was molested by her stepdad? Anita's Mom and sister Pam are also buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The cemetery is located just south of Indianapolis in northern Johnson County.
Yeah that is kinda odd. Maybe someone from Canada visited the grave or Jenny's husband had some sort of ties with Canada.
Why is there a Canadian flag next to gravestone?
You can't help but wonder, if the Bible Sylvia is holding in this photo, is the same one she took with her at that fatal stay at the baniszewski house? Sylvia's Bible and small jewelry box were never recovered. Where and what happened to these items??? A possibility to consider concerning this matter. Sylvia's Bible could have been hid somewhere deep inside that house at 3850 New York St. and never found. There forth, the Bible and jewelry box would have went down with the house when it was demolished in 2009. Another plausible theory to considered is this .Perhaps Sylvia didn't covertly hide them at all. Maybe Gertrude took them from her at the very end just for spite. As with many other pieces of this case, we'll probably never know for sure.
A brief moment of happiness and elation for Jenny Likens Wade. They seem to have been few and far between in her short life. "Once again", her family would get the short end of the Justice Stick. A few weeks later Gertrude was paroled. Then the woman hugging her in this photo (Thomi Elmore), would later embezzle the donations sent in to help pay for Jenny's medical bills. She had to have felt devastated and portrayed once again by yet another cruel reality set upon her.
This photograph gets to me every time I see it. All and all, the picture tells the story of which no words can describe. Just thinking out loud, but the man with the sunglasses on sure looks a lot like Mr. Leroy New. I'm sure at some point during this event, Mr. New and Jenny shared a moment together.
Nothing touches my heart like Jenny's relationship with Leroy New. He gave her a second home for awhile, and a new leg brace.
Leroy New was a quite a humanitarian in helping to care for Jenny after the trial. Her standard of living greatly improved. Evidently,.. she must of gotten homesick and decided to return and live with her family back in Lebanon,Ind. Her parents divorced in 1967.
surprisingly ...the showing and funeral of Sylvia Likens was a open casket funeral. She was dressed with a long sleeve blouse to hide the many bruises and cigarette burns that marked her arms. ( The staff at the funeral home did the best they could in covering up the massive damage to her face and neck . Louis Gibson delivered the eulogy at Sylvia's funeral. She briefly attended his church on S. Tibbs Ave. with her cousins and uncle Leroy Likens.
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