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Samantha Adams
3/22 Online Discussion
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:51pm
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After much deliberation, I chose to do my annotated bibliography on the 1965 murder of Sally Likens. Sally was a young girl from Indiana whose parents worked in the carnival. They often traveled and couldn’t bring their children with them where they went. One summer, when Sally was 16, her parents left her and her sister with a woman and her 7 children whom they had just met to stay until the carnival was done for the year. Over the course of the summer, the mother became more and more hostile towards Sally, and eventually this hostility ended in Sally’s death. But it wasn’t only the mother who contributed in the torture of Sally, there were also many neighborhood children who knew what was happening and not only did they not go to the police, but they joined in on the beating of Sally. I actually chose to write about it because I found a movie on Netflix that sounded interesting, and it turned out to be based upon the true events of Sally Likens’ summer with Gertrude Baniszewski, the mother of 7. I wanted to know more about it and thought the annotated bibliography would be the perfect way. I have found newspaper and periodical articles to be helpful, as well as some written analysis of why this happened. I have found several helpful sources on Ebscohost, but the best way for me has been to search the internet for sources since this was a very public tragedy. I am most worried about finding sources within the timespan allowed. After all, this murder took place in 1965 so it has been out of the public news for a long time, but so far I have been able to find many promising sources and hopefully will continue. I suspect once I get close to 15 sources it will begin to be more challenging. I plan to use these sources to write my revision of the information paper. I wanted to chose something that would be very hard to screw up, and hopefully I can manage to stay on track this time around.

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