This Disturbing Murder In Indiana Was So Creepy It Inspired A Movie

Here in the Hoosier State, we’re more than happy to be considered a quiet place to live. Overall, crime in Indiana is just about average; small towns here are safe and cozy, and it’s not terribly often that a crime rocks our communities. However, when it does happen, it stuns not just everyone in Indiana, but people around the country as well; one particular case was so horrific and gruesome that to this day it’s considered one of the most disturbing murders in Indiana – if not the entire nation. It was later adapted into a true-crime drama/horror film starring Elliot Page (credited as Ellen Page) and Catherine Keener.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here: onlyinyourstate.com/nominate

In 2007, a film based upon the horrific torture and murder of Likens called An American Crime was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It starred Elliot Page and Catherine Keener and told the story of one of the most disturbing murders in Indiana. Though it was never released theatrically, it did see air time on the Showtime network in 2008. It found some success; it was nominated for a Golden Globe, a Primetime Emmy, and a Writer’s Guild of America Award.

Some cases are so scary that no movie could ever do them justice; this is certainly one of them. It’s immensely difficult to think about what Sylvia endured; she lives on in the memories of those who loved her, and in the hearts of those who hear her story.

Address: Indiana, USA