Shortly before Sylvia died, Gertrude began to engrave the words “I’m a prostitute and proud of it!” into Sylvia’s stomach with a needle which was heated by Marie Baniszewski (“Gertrude Baniszewski- The Indiana Torture Murder”). Richard Hobbs had to finish the job when Gertrude was unable to do so. Richard and Shirley then burned the number “3” into her chest (“Gertrude Baniszewski- The Indiana Torture Murder”). A few days before her own death, Sylvia tried to escape, but she was caught by Baniszewski. As punishment, she was tied up in the basement and was given only crackers to eat. After being locked in the basement for two days, she died on October 26, 1965. Stephanie sent Richard to call the police at a nearby payphone (Stall). Like I stated earlier in the paper this horrible death could have been prevented. SEP Fallacy is another psychological effect in which members involved in an issue choose to dissociate themselves from the problem and tell themselves that it is somebody else’s problem to fix. This death is an example of SEP Fallacy taking place in a real life situation.
When the police arrived at the house, Gertrude gave them a letter that she forced Sylvia to write. The letter was to her parents. It said that she agreed to have sexual relationships with a group of boys in exchange for money. The boys supposedly took her away in their car, beat her up, burned her many times, and