Paula Pace Baniszewski, Marshalltown, Iowa (fired Oct 2012) [Indiana torture slaying participant]

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    Paula Place (Marshalltown, Iowa) formerly known as Paula Baniszewski, teachers aide at BCLUW High School [BCLUW Community School District], Conrad, Iowa, fired "for providing false information on her application"

    Note: BCLUW = Beaman-Conrad-Liscomb-Union-Whitten

    In the 1960's Paula Baniszewski was a key participant in the infamous "Indiana torture slaying" memorialized by a book of that name:

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    This truly one of the most hideous contemporary "true-crime" stories around. I read it several decades ago, and the title immediate came back to me as I read the HuffPo article. Click on the book cover or the link above for more info about the book -- best avoided if you have a weak stomach. It's horrific, really. If you have the stomach for it, click on the book cover or link above for the complete story.​

    An Iowa teacher's aide was fired Tuesday after school officials recently learned she was the member of an Indianapolis family who tortured and killed a girl in the basement of their home in 1965.

    Paula Pace had worked for the BCLUW consolidated school district based in the central Iowa town of Conrad since 1998. She was a teacher's aide at the district's high school.

    Superintendent Ben Petty said the school board fired Pace for providing false information on her application. Petty said he could not comment further about the case. The board made the decision after meeting in special session to discuss the matter.

    The district was notified by Grundy County Sheriff Rick Penning, who said his office received an anonymous telephone call last Wednesday informing him that Pace was Paula Baniszewski, formerly of Indianapolis, who had been convicted of manslaughter for participating in the torture and murder of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens in 1965.

    How horrific is horrific? This will give you a clue ...

    Indy Star: StarFiles: The 1965 murder of Sylvia Likens - 1965 torture slaying remains one of Indianapolis' most notorious crimes (Oct 5 2012)

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    Sylvia's body was malnourished and covered with sores, burns and bruises, many of them old. She had been branded in one spot by a hot metal object, and the words "I am a prostitute" had been etched on her stomach.

    ...

    Gertrude was frail and underweight, but she had two weapons she used for corporal punishment -- a fraternity-style paddle and a thick leather belt left behind by her ex-husband, John Baniszewski -- an Indianapolis police officer.

    Gertrude began using the paddle on Sylvia and Jenny for various offenses such as exchanging soft drink bottles for change at a nearby grocery. When she suspected Sylvia of stealing she used matches to burn the girl's fingers.

    Sometimes Gertrude felt too weak from her asthma to discipline the girls properly so 17-year-old Paula helped.

    Neighborhood children began to crowd the home to participate in the torture. The children took turns practicing their judo on Sylvia, hurling her against a wall. Some began kicking and beating her. Others extinguished their cigarettes on her skin. As Gertrude and a gang of teen-agers watched, Sylvia was forced to undress in the living room and insert an empty Coke bottle into her vagina.

    After the beatings, Sylvia was forced into a scalding hot bath so she would be "cleansed of her sins." She was severely beaten and burned for wetting her mattress while asleep and Gertrude decided that Sylvia was no longer fit to live with her children.

    Near the end, Sylvia was no longer permitted to leave the house. She was thrown down the cellar stairs and locked in, given crackers for food and refused the right to use a bathroom. Gertrude Baniszewski announced to her children that Sylvia was a "prostitute, and she's proud of it; so we'll just put it on her stomach." She took a large needle and began to carve the words "I'm a prostitute and proud of it!" into Sylvia's stomach. Richard Hobbs, a neighbor boy, finished the etching.

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    Paula Pace, Paula Baniszewski, Conrad, Iowa, Marshalltown, BCLUW High School, BCLUW Community School District
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    Times Republican: BCLUW employee suspended after past murder revelations (Oct 20 2012)

    A BCLUW School District employee named Paula Pace is actually the former Paula Baniszewski, who served years in prison decades ago for her role in a murder in 1965 in Indiana. Her identity was reported by members of the Conrad community Friday who said she is on suspension with the district.

    Times Republican: Former manslaughter convict fired by BCLUW school district: School board votes unanimously for termination (Oct 24 2012)

    Paula Pace has been terminated as an employee in the BCLUW School District after 14 years of work ... The BCLUW School Board held a special meeting Tuesday night that included a closed session hearing on the employment status of Pace. The board came out of that 30-minute closed session and voted 7-0 to terminate Pace.

    WCF Courier: UPDATE: BCLUW school aide fired after call about '65 killing (Oct 24 2012)

    Officials with the BCLUW School District late Tuesday fired Paula Pace, a 14-year veteran, after information surfaced about her violent criminal history. The now former teacher’s aide at the high school in Conrad served time in prison as a result of her involvement in a 1965 murder in Indiana. Her name then was Paula Baniszweski, and she was convicted of manslaughter for the death of a 16-year-old girl. The heinous crime involved several people, including Pace’s mother and brother, who tortured the girl in Baniszweski’s basement. Pace at the time was 17. The murder inspired books and a movie, and remains, according to the Indianapolis Star, “one of the most notorious and gruesome crimes in the city’s history.”
     
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    Note: The first of these two Des Moines Register articles contains a lot of background information on the 1965 Indiana murder case, including a 36-photo slideshow.

    Des Moines Register: Update: Teacher's aide convicted of 1965 manslaughter fired from BCLUW district [SLIDESHOW] (Oct 23 2012)

    A Central Iowa school board tonight fired teacher’s aide Paula Pace for falsifying information on her job application, a move that came less than a week after district officials linked her to the 1965 torture and murder of an Indiana teenage girl. After the emergency school board meeting, BCLUW School District Superintendent Ben Petty declined to comment on Pace or clarify the specific information Pace falsified on her application about 14 years ago.

    Des Moines Register: Central Iowa school aide, tied to 1965 murder, fired for falsifying job info (Oct 23 2012)

    Paula Pace, known 47 years ago as Paula Baniszewski, pled guilty to manslaughter and served two years in prison after her family abused and murdered 16-year-old Sylvia Likens. An anonymous caller tipped Grundy County Sheriffs to Pace’s past last week, the Associated Press reported. No one answered the door this afternoon at Pace’s Marshalltown home; her telephone was disconnected.
     
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    New York Daily News: Iowa teacher’s aide fired for leaving a detail off her resume — her role in the 1965 torture death of a teen girl (Oct 24 2012)

    Paula Pace’s victim died from a brain hemorrhage and extreme malnutrition. School board boots her following emergency meeting after they learn shocking details of manslaughter conviction.

    Paula Pace was “a sweet lady” who “helped out any student she could” at BCLUW High School in Conrad, former student Thaddeus Lawler told the Des Moines Register.

    But before she was Paula Pace, she was Paula Baniszewski. She spent two years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter for the 1965 murder of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens.

    Fox News: Iowa teacher aide fired after school officials learn of role in 1965 killing (Oct 24 2012)

    Paula Pace had worked for the BCLUW consolidated school district based in the central Iowa town of Conrad since 1998. She was a teacher's aide at the district's high school.

    Superintendent Ben Petty said the school board fired Pace for providing false information on her application. Petty said he could not comment further about the case. The board made the decision after meeting in special session to discuss the matter.

    The district was notified by Grundy County Sheriff Rick Penning, who said his office received an anonymous telephone call last Wednesday informing him that Pace was Paula Baniszewski, formerly of Indianapolis, who had been convicted of manslaughter for participating in the torture and murder of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens in 1965.

    ABC News: Teacher's Aide Fired for Revelation of Role in Grisly 1965 Killing (Oct 24 2012)

    An Iowa teacher's aide has been fired from her job following the revelation that she was a member of an Indiana family notorious for torturing and killing a girl in their basement in 1965.

    "A week ago today we got an anonymous report that the now Paula Pace was the previous Paula Baniszewski involved in this 1965 murder case in Indiana and it was a real attention-seeker out there, a heinous crime," Grundy County Sheriff Rick Penning told ABCNews.com today.

    Paula Baniszewski was 17 years old in the summer of 1965 when a 16-year-old girl names Sylvia Likens and her sister came to stay with Baniszewski's family. In the months that followed, Likens was beaten, burned, malnourished and branded with a hot needle. Her body was found in the basement of the home in October of that year.

    The case became one of the most infamous crimes in Indiana and has been the subject of several books and movies.
     

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