Go Back  

Iowa Teacher Turns Out to Be Murderer of Sylvia Likens in 1965 

Current Rating:

Join NowJoin Now
  #1  
Old 10-26-2012, 12:24 PM
Kehko's Avatar
Kehko
Offline:
My Rank: FIRST SERGEANT
Poster Rank:319
female
Join Date: Nov 2007
 
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Activity Longevity
0/20 18/20
Today Posts
0/11 sssss2424
Iowa Teacher Turns Out to Be Murderer of Sylvia Likens in 1965

Quote:
Originally Posted by http://abcnews.go.com/US/iowa-teachers-aide-fired-role-grisly-1965-killing/story?id=17555655#.UIqoXYV9kxQ
By CHRISTINA NG (@ChristinaNg27)
Oct. 24, 2012

An Iowa teacher's aide has been fired from her job following the revelation that she was a member of an Indiana family notorious for torturing and killing a girl in their basement in 1965.

"A week ago today we got an anonymous report that the now Paula Pace was the previous Paula Baniszewski involved in this 1965 murder case in Indiana and it was a real attention-seeker out there, a heinous crime," Grundy County Sheriff Rick Penning told ABCNews.com today.

Paula Baniszewski was 17 years old in the summer of 1965 when a 16-year-old girl names Sylvia Likens and her sister came to stay with Baniszewski's family. In the months that followed, Likens was beaten, burned, malnourished and branded with a hot needle. Her body was found in the basement of the home in October of that year.

The case became one of the most infamous crimes in Indiana and has been the subject of several books and movies.

Baniszewski's mother Gertrude Baniszewski was convicted of first degree murder and Paula Baniszewski was found guilty of second degree murder for her participation in the torture. Several other family members were also convicted.
PHOTO: Paula Banizewski is shown in this Aug. 23, 1971 booking photo. On the right, Paula Pace is pictured in an undated BCLUW yearbook photo.
Indiana State Prison| BCLUW Yearbook
Paula Banizewski is shown in this Aug. 23,

Paula Baniszewski appealed her conviction and ultimately pleaded guilty to manslaughter. She served time and was released from prison in 1972. She completed her parole and moved to Iowa.

Baniszewski, now 64, has been going by the name Paula Pace and has worked for the BCLUW school district in Conrad, Iowa, since 1998. She had done some custodial work and was most recently working as a teacher's aide for special needs students.

Recently, information about Pace's true identity began circulating around Facebook and an anonymous tipster called police to tell them they should look into her background. Police immediately notified the school and both began doing background checks.

Pace's birth date matched Baniszewski's and a current photo of her bore a striking resemblance to the 1965 mugshot.

"The superintendent had called her in and she admitted to it, so she was suspended," Penning said.

The school called a special meeting of the school board on Tuesday and the seven-member board unanimously voted to fire Baniszewski.

"Paula Pace's employment was terminated at a board meeting yesterday," superintendent Ben Petty told ABCNews.com. "Her employment was terminated for providing false information on her application."

Petty would not comment further on how she was able to lie on her application.

Penning said that Baniszewski is not facing any criminal charges and the matter is between her and the school.

Baniszewski could not be reached for comment. An Iowa phone number listed for Pace had been disconnected.
Previous posts on the Likens' murder:
http://www.documentingreality.com/fo...s-house-29491/
http://www.documentingreality.com/fo...-likens-38079/

Movies based on the story:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0802948/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0830558/

Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Kehko For This Useful Post:
beepboop, kikaha, Megamel29, Pyramid_Head
  #2  
Old 10-26-2012, 01:54 PM
Megamel29's Avatar
Megamel29
Offline:
My Rank: FIRST SERGEANT
Poster Rank:283
Female
Join Date: Dec 2009
Contributions: 6
 
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Quoted: 691 Post(s)
Activity Longevity
0/20 14/20
Today Posts
0/11 sssss2913
Re: Iowa Teacher Turns Out to Be Murderer of Sylvia Likens in 1965

I remember this case. Shouldn't they have done a background check on this monster before she was hired to work with children?? She most certainly should not be working with special needs children. Was she looking for a new victim? She should still be in prison. That poor girl was viciously tortured before being murdered.

Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Megamel29 For This Useful Post:
beepboop
  #3  
Old 10-26-2012, 02:01 PM
Kehko's Avatar
Kehko
Offline:
My Rank: FIRST SERGEANT
Poster Rank:319
female
Join Date: Nov 2007
 
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Activity Longevity
0/20 18/20
Today Posts
0/11 sssss2424
Re: Iowa Teacher Turns Out to Be Murderer of Sylvia Likens in 1965

An explanation I heard was that since she was a minor at the time, it wasn't kept on her record, and she changed her last name. IDK how true that is though.

Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-26-2012, 02:03 PM
Megamel29's Avatar
Megamel29
Offline:
My Rank: FIRST SERGEANT
Poster Rank:283
Female
Join Date: Dec 2009
Contributions: 6
 
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Quoted: 691 Post(s)
Activity Longevity
0/20 14/20
Today Posts
0/11 sssss2913
Re: Iowa Teacher Turns Out to Be Murderer of Sylvia Likens in 1965

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kehko View Post
An explanation I heard was that since she was a minor at the time, it wasn't kept on her record, and she changed her last name. IDK how true that is though.
That would make sense. Frankly, I don't think murder or manslaughter should be sealed. At least let people know what the risk is in associating with someone like this.

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-27-2012, 06:13 AM
Pyramid_Head's Avatar
Pyramid_Head
Offline:
My Rank: MAJOR
Poster Rank:80
Male
Join Date: Aug 2009
 
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Quoted: 1095 Post(s)
Activity Longevity
2/20 15/20
Today Posts
0/11 ssss12566
Re: Iowa Teacher Turns Out to Be Murderer of Sylvia Likens in 1965

What a sicko family.

Reply With Quote

Powered by vBulletin Copyright 2000-2010 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited.

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO