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Younger sister Jenny had been left while their parents went off to work the state fairs in the MidwestGertrude's band of tormentors included some of her own seven children and two neighborhood boys On the abdomen of the young girl had been carved the words I am a prostitute and proud of itWith mesmerizing detail Millett re creates th. I had to read this book in speedy spurts while I wanted to get through it as uickly as possible I could only take so much at a time The content was horrifying and the writing horrible By the end I was actively angry with the author for her ego presumptuousness and plain bad writing The entire book is like a case study based on speculation

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The Basement

On October 26 1965 the body of a sixteen year old girl named Sylvia Likens was found on a dirty mattress in a basement in Indianapolis Indiana Starved mutilated covered with cigarette burns the victim had been imprisoned and tortured to death by a gang of teenagers led by a woman named Gertrude Baniszewski in whose care Sylvia and her. Oct 26 1965 a 16 year old girl was found tortured to death in a basement of a home in Indianapolis Indiana 10 years later a woman obsessed with the case decided to write a booka book based mostly on speculationFor the Author to take such horrific heartbreaking subject matter and try to twist it into being some kind of pornographic thrill ride disgusted and sickened me unlike anything I ve ever readHow dare she assume to know what Sylvia Likens or Gertrude Baniszewski or ANY of them were thinkingBattered and bloody scalded by hot baths and burned with cigarettes branded and carved on covered in her own filth and lying on a pile of dirty rags and the Author thinks Sylvia is lying there thinking about how she

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Is American tragedy Shocking and poignant The Basement rocks some of our most basic notions of family morality and the cultural repression of female sexualityA poetic meditation upon the nature of pain and cruelty A major contribution to psychojournalism Library JournalGrimly compelling not to be ignored The New York Times Book Review. I enjoy true crime as well as psychological excavations of the criminal mind and I d been meaning to read about this case since I heard John Waters allude to it long ago It is a book to be read in small doses but it is very very good and Millett s courage in plunging into the possibilities and implications isbeyond measure


10 thoughts on “The Basement

  1. says:

    This author seems a bit off her rocker I have never read a true crime book before where the author claims to be obsessed with the victim of a brutal crime I just can't read this book one page further The author has made herself a part of the story and that's just not sitting well with me I'm so glad I borrowed this from the library instead of buying itThere are only two books I know of that are about this crim

  2. says:

    A graphic description of Sylvia Likens 1965 torturemurder by Gertrude Baniszewski in Indiana Apathy of witnesses who heard ongoing torture at least 15 involved in torture Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door is based on this murder See also V

  3. says:

    Oct 26 1965 a 16 year old girl was found tortured to death in a basement of a home in Indianapolis Indiana 10 years later a

  4. says:

    I had to read this book in speedy spurts; while I wanted to get through it as uickly as possible I could only take so much at a time The content was horrifying and the writing horrible By the end I was actively angry with the author for her ego presumptuousness and plain bad writing The entire book is like a case study based on speculation

  5. says:

    I gave this the maximum number of stars because it Is an amazing book but there is nothing entertaining about it and there isn't meant to be It's heartbreaking angering and disturbing and you won't forget it

  6. says:

    I could not get through this book It's based on a murder that really did happen but Millett's writing style is so schlocky I didn't care about the victim or perps Millett is too wordy too sappy and just over the top Crimemurder books

  7. says:

    Haunting reminations on how on Oct 26 1965 a 16 year old girl was found tortured to death in a basement of a home in Indianapolis Indiana

  8. says:

    I can only read a little bit of this book at a time as it is so disturbing After seeing An American Crime I became very interested in what really happened in this case

  9. says:

    I enjoy true crime as well as psychological excavations of the criminal mind and I'd been meaning to read about this case since I heard John Waters allude to it long ago It is a book to be read in small doses but it is very very good and Millett's courage in plunging into the possibilities and implications isbeyond measure

  10. says:

    I shall admit I did not finish the book I read to about 60 pages because of the gruesome detailsSecond I do not like it when a writer use the Case of a murderabuse to make a feminist statementI am a hundred percent for euality but a