Oct 28 1965
WEEK OF 'HORRIBLE' ABUSE ) as -' argu- Jus the Jr. Lhizzo. NK to past prac the the have Boy, I5 9 and Mother of 7 Accused Â· Â· Â· Â· Â· Â· v ' ', Â· Â· ' i. " Â· ;'".; L Â· Â· Â· ' Â· Â· Â· Â·'Â·"''Â·'Â·Â·'," "Â·'.Â·Â·Â· Â·"/V Â·.-Â·*. . ' Â· ' Â· - Â· ' Â· Â« Â· ( in Dedth,-by-Toriture of Girl, 16 SLYVIA MARIE LIKENS, 16, died in Indianapolis . after reportedly being imprisoned and tortured ' for a week. Â· . Â· . Â· Â· . Â· . ' Â· Â· Â· - Â·-Â· ' - - " 'Â·''Â·Â·Â·' 'Â·Â·',":..:*Â·'Â·-.Â·" " INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. CW-A CW-A mother of seven children and a 15-year-old neighbor boy wsre held Wednesday without bond on preliminary charges of murder In the torture torture killing of a 16-year-old girl which homicide detectives described as "horrible." Mrs. Mrs. Gertrude Wright. 37, whose children were placed in custody of authorities, denied denied taking part in tortures which ended in the death of Sylvia Marie Likens. Â· She said the girl staggered into the b a c k y a r d of the Wright home Tuesday, carrying carrying a note saying she had been attacked by a gang of boys. : ' . - ' But homicide detective Sgt. William Kaiser said Richard Hobbs, the boy held in the case, made an oral statement to three officers detailing a week of torture for the girl , The sergeant said the story was corroborated by the dead girTs sister, Jennie, 15, who out of fear hadn't reported the treatment of her sister. Crudely scratched on the dead girl's abdomen with a needle were the words, "I am a prostitute and proud of it." The statements as reported by Kaiser said Sylvia Marie was bound and gagged a week ago by Hobbs, Mrs. Wright Triangle Slayer in Viet Draws Light Sentence SAIGON (UPI) -- US. Aid attractive wife. Mission official Robert Kim, ball, who shot and killed his the Vietnamese girl friend and his of American boss in a jealous juryjrage last July 23, wa's sen- County, t e n c e d Wednesday to five will bey ears' imprisonment by a p a n e l of three Vietnamese judges. pleased andiby the Â»"'M sentence and esn- the.braced his attorney, Nguyen Chuc. and pumped his hand. He was the first Amer| to be tried by a Viet- ma- ican to be tried namese court . Public Prosecutor H u y n h Juc Buu had demanded life imprisonment for the double slaying and damages of more than $20,000 for the family and husband of Mrs. Nguyen ThiHai.27. ment and repeatedly beaten while filth was pushed into her mouth. Once she was dumped into a tub of hot water. - ' Â· " ' " . ' ' Â· ' : ' An autopsy showed the girt died of a fractured skull and had been dead about eight hours when police were called to the house Tuesday ni;ht GERTRUDE WRIGHT Denies Charges RICHARD HOBBS Statement to Police but they hadn't learned his first name. Her first husband, father o* Z.Z of her seven was a former policeman Â· for Earlier in tne cay, liimoau made a statement to the court that he shot his victims in blind jealousy after finding them together. He said he dad heard of Ryan's attentions attentions to Mrs. Hai, whom Kimball Kimball said he planned to marry, and went to Ryan's home to check. " Â·:Â·Â· Â· -.Â·-.:Â· . :. SPEAKING in a calm, low voice, Kimball told of walking up to Ryan and telling him "we have a problem." He said Ryan said anything that had to be discussed could be discussed at the office. Kimball Kimball said he then opened Ryan's car and found Mrs Hai trying to hide in the back seat . Â· - Â· Â· Â· . . Â· Â· Â· Â· ' : Â· ' Â· Â· Â·Â·Â·Â· by Mrs. Wright Police had no explanation 'or the repeated attacks on the girt. Sgt Kaiser said the Hobbs boy said only that Mrs. Wright "didn't like her at all." The Likens girls had been left at the Wright home by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Likens, who were traveling in the South with a concession stand. They were called back from a fair in Jacksonville, FUu, and burst into tears when they read their s u r v i v i n g daughter's statement v '. Â·- Detectives said they understood understood Mrs. Wright's present husband is a 26-year-old soldier stationed in Germany suburb. - , The children range from months to 17 years old. ;;Â·Â·Â· Wedding Gifts Stolen on Ship Wedding gifts valued at more than $200 were stolen from a storage room aboard the USS Princeton, L Beach police said Wednesday. Ens. Clarence R. Sullivan, 23, of 769 Gardenia Ave, officers he had no room his apartment so he stored the gifts aboard his ship. loot included such things flowered table cloths, a place-setting of silver and other knicknacks. :'..' .