August 26, 2008

An American Crime

Filed under: Film — Aishah @ 11:44 am
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As per usual, I’ve immersed into Hollywood for films that would entertain me during the holidays. I thought maybe a good Ellen Page movie would be able to do the job. And from there is where I came across of such a heinous crime film. 

Based on a true crime case happened in 1965. The brutal beatings on 16 year-old Sylvia Likens. 

Sylvia was left together with her sister under the care of Gertrude Baniszewski since her parents were busy with their work in the carnival. 

I wouldn’t want to give away too much but I’ll just say that her stay with the Baniszewski family was not a pleasant one. 

What was much more worse was that not even did the woman abused her, she even allowed her children to do so. So-called ‘teaching Sylvia lesson’ for the misdeeds that she has been accused of.



The picture shown on the left is the real-life Sylvia Likens.

The movie depicts the courtroom drama about Sylvia’s murder. Though it was rather accurate it still did not tell the WHOLE story. I was curious and I wanted to know more about the case. 

This article is the closest I could find about the murder of Sylvia Likens. It is sad to know that people still choose to ignore the obvious untill the damage done would be too late. 


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