Iowa Teacher's Aid Has Ties To Indy Murder
Sylvia Likens (photo courtesy of SylviaLikens.com)
A teacher's aide who worked with special needs children in an Iowa school district is linked to what's been called the worst murder and torture case in Indianapolis history.
Paula Pace has been employed by a school district, working as an aide who worked with special needs students. It's been discovered that Paula Pace is actually Paula Baniszewski (Ban-ih-chef-ski) who pleaded guilty to manslaughter for her role in the brutal murder of Sylvia Likens in 1965.
Likens and her sister were sent to live with the Baniszewski family when their parents left their parents had to find work. It was then Sylvia was repeatedly beaten, burned, and cut until she finally died from her injuries after the torture.
Baniszewski was 17 at the time of Liken's death, but admitted to helping her family beat and torture Sylvia. Baniszewski served her time but changed her name and moved to Iowa.
Pace is still employed with the BCLUW consolidated school district in Grundy County, Iowa, where she started as a janitor in 19-98, though depending on if any fraud was involved in her new identity, she may lose her job.