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Infamous People from Indianapolis

Every large metropolis such as the vibrant capital city of Indianapolis has its claims to both fame and infamy.

The infamous people from Indianapolis and its suburbs maintain their share of the limelight. Some of their names will live on in infamy for as long as there is a Circle City, (sometimes ironically called Naptown by the Hoosiers who live there).

Below is a list of the most infamous people from Indianapolis and the many other satellite cities in Indiana that surround it. To read the sordid details about the nortorious person, just click on the linked name in the chart.

Infamous People from Indianapolis

  Gertrude Baniszewski was convicted of murder in the first degree in a mid-1960s case frequently dubbed “the single worst crime perpetrated against an individual in Indiana’s history.” Her story was made into a movie some forty-five years later by another famous person from Indianapolis, Tommy O’Haver.
  Before he did society a favor by shooting himself, Herbert “Herb” Baumeister created of his upscale backyard in Westfield, Indiana a bone cemetery for as many as fifty victims.
  John Dillinger‘s name has become synonymous with famous outlaws from Middle America, but his glitzy fame as a bank robber belies the fact that he was a murderer without a conscience who killed without a backward glance.
  William Dudley Pelley, a long-time resident of Indy suburb Noblesvile, went to prison for treason and sedition. Upon his release, he became a well-known author and publisher.
  D.C. Stephenson, Grand Dragon of the KKK across Indiana and 22 other states, also tortured, raped and virtually cannibalized a female named Madge Oberholtzer, who took her own life directly after managing to escape the madman.

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