Based on a true story that shocked the nation in 1965, the film recounts one of the most shocking crimes ever committed against a single victim. Sylvia and Jennie Fae Likens, the two daughters of traveling carnival workers are left for an extended stay at the Indianapolis home of single mother Gertrude Baniszewski and her six children. Times are tough, and Gertrude's financial needs cause her to make this arrangement before realizing how the burden will push her unstable nature to a breaking point. What transpires in the next three months is both riveting and horrific.Written by
Richard "Ricky" Hobbs, the 14-year-old boy who wrote the hot needle on Sylvia's stomach, died from lung cancer on January 2nd 1972 at the age of only 21, a day before Sylvia's 23rd birthday. See more »
When a shot of the front of the house is shown, you can see that there is a red Chevrolet Corvette '68 parked in front of the neighbor's. At that time, the story is set in 1965. See more »
She sacrificed me to protect her children, and she sacrificed her children to protect herself.
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The final credit states "Sylvia Likens, 1949-1965". See more »
Hi Henry's Triumphal March
Written by Orion R. Farrar
Performed by Tangley Calliope
Courtesy of Marion Roehl Recordings See more »
An American Crime vs. Girl Next Door
First of all someone said " The Girl Next Door" wasn't based on actual events .You'd have to be oblivious not to see it's based on this case with some minor changes.
I feel that The Girl Next Door is a much more disturbing film then An American Crime because the degree of abuse is much more accurate in relation to what happened in real life.
Also I was somewhat disturbed that the the director tried to show Gertrude in a somewhat sympathetic light as if he was trying to make some sort of feminist statement that Gertrude was a victim of 50's male oppression.In reality she was a sexual sadist of unspeakable proportions.
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