AGONY IN INDIANAPOLIS [publisher's introduction to first edition, 1966]
Here, step by step - from the discovery of a pretty teen-ager's abused body through a long, agonizing trial - is the almost unbelievable story of a woman and children whose sadism shocked the world.
In July of 1965, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Likens of Indianapolis left their 16-year-old daughter in the care of a total stranger while they went on tour with a carnival. In three months the girl was dead, the victim of savage, extended brutality. The crime - committed by a divorcee and a coterie of sadistic children motivated by mob psychology - shocked grizzled police veterans as well as newspaper readers from coast to coast and overseas.
The five-week trial of the divorcee and four children - two of them her own - on charges of first degree murder gave complacent Indiana citizens their most searing courtroom drama in years. The murder of Sylvia Likens became an item of daily conversation as people read how she was beaten, burned, starved, scalded, tattooed and branded until death mercifully stepped in. And the name of the divorcee, Gertrude Baniszewski, alias Gertrude Wright, came to rank alongside that of the Marquis de Sade.
In this book, written by a newspaperman who covered the trial, the whole story is told in complete, shocking detail for the first time.About the Author:
John Dean was born June 16, 1940, in Rushville, Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Northwestern University School of Law.
He is a former newspaperman, having worked for the Terre Haute Star, the Associated Press, the Indianapolis Star, the Chicago Sun-Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the Detroit Free Press, and the Detroit News. He has worked also for Western Union in San Francisco, the Golden Horse Shoe tavern in Oakland, Calif., and Musical Isle Record Corp. in Chicago. He wrote this book while a reporter for the Indianapolis Star, where he worked from 1963 to 1967.
He passed the bar in 1973 and changed his name to Natty Bumppo in 1974, the year another John Dean, who had been counsel to President Richard Nixon, was disbarred. Natty Bumppo is an attorney now in Brownsville, Kentucky, and the author of five other books - Ideas for a Better America (Borf Books, 1980, with Natalie Bumppo); The Columbus Book of Euchre (Borf, 1982; 2d ed. 1999); Lonely Hearts (Borf, 1992); "Dear sir (you cur):" (Borf, 1997), and The Sackbut Tapes (Borf, 1998, with Richard J. Bunn and others); and he is the editor and publisher of a book by his cat, A Rug Before My Time: The Memoirs of Pecker the Cat (Borf, 1982). His articles have been published in Rolling Stone, Esquire, and the Chicago Journalism Review.
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Descrizione libro Borf Books, 1999. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110960489479
Descrizione libro Borf Books, 1999. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0960489479
Descrizione libro Borf Books, 1999. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 960489479