Every time I drive by this building, I think about Benny Likens and the sad fate in how his life ended. He must of been a recluse and stayed to himself most of the time. Apparently they were no form of identification on him or in his apartment verifying who he was. I can't help but wonder, who was the last person to check on him, just to enquire about his well being. He had to either walk or catch the metro bus to get around wherever he needed to go. He died 2 years short of seeing his sisters memorial dedicated at Willard Park, just a mile or so down Washington St from where he lived and past away at.
They saw the movie ( Till the clouds roll by) with Dinah Shore and Judy Garland. The nearest theatre would have been the old Belmont Theatre on W. Washington & Belmont St. Six years later in 1953 the likens lived only a few blocks away from the Holmes Ave church at 112 S. Harris St. over by Stringtown. The night Sylvia died, Jenny was taken to Dianna's apartment on W. Washington St. located in this same area.
For those who sometimes watch the true crime channels on cable. On the ID channel (investigative discovery), they are a segment story currently being shown about the Dawn Stuard case. The show is on the Evil Kin series. Robert Snow who wrote the book on the notorious Reese family does some of the shows commentary. Snow was formerly the director of the homicide dept. at the Indlps. police dept. The house where Dawn Stuard was raped and killed is only about a mile or two from the house where Sylvia was murdered in 1965.
Being 'pretty' means nothing if your heartless and capable of being so cruel.
But even if I didn't know who she was, I wouldn't think she was particularly good looking.
According to a former guard who worked at the reformatory during the 1960's, Hubbard, Hobbs ,and John Ban. Jr. were segregated to another building by the reformatory in the last months of their incarceration. On more than 1 occasion, Hobbs was attacked by other inmates at the prison. The reformatory in Pendleton,Indiana once held a infamous future criminal in the 1920's. His name was John Dillinger. After serving a few years at this prison, Dillinger was transferred to Michigan City,Ind.
Interesting! I never knew that. Thanks for your information!
Mr. Davis had a great idea and with good intentions. Unfortunately many of the sponsors and organizations which promised to financially help support his program, either back out or never followed through. He gave it a valiant effort to make the shelter work. The committed donations just never materialized . In the photo above, pretty sure that Harold the contractor is actually on the 3852 side of the double that faced Denny St.
I always thought it was too bad that this idea never came to fruition. They could've named the shelter for Sylvia, and had a plaque describing her and her story. It would have been a wonderful way to remember her.
John Hammond was Gertrude's attorney during her 1963 divorce with John Baniszewski Sr. A different lawyer represented Gertrude in her previous divorce in 1955-56 from Baniszewski. Gertrude was the one who filed in both divorces.
This must be the picture where John Dean insists Hobbs and Gertrude are or look like a couple. Personally, I don't see it, I see at spaced out, somewhat shocked 15 year old and the patented Gertrude "poor pitiful me" look. But I'm sure this is the picture he was referring to in the emails he exchanged with Denise Noe where he insists they look like a couple. He made some other off the wall comments, so whatever...
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