Gertrude Baniszewski Quotes in An American Crime (2007)
Gertrude Baniszewski Quotes:
Leroy K. New: Are you scared?
Gertrude Baniszewski: I've been scared about a lot of things for a long time.
Gertrude Baniszewski: You know what it's like to be sick, Sylvia. I've been sick for so long, too. I can't... discipline my kids they was I should. I punish them I know, but... sometimes with my medicine I gets so I don't know what I'm doing.
[begins to cry]
Gertrude Baniszewski: And I care for them so much. Paula, the thing is... Paula's a lot like me. I had her when I was just about your age. Then Stephanie. Then all the others. Then John left... And here I am on medicine, doing whatever I can to keep my family together. I want something better for Paula... There has to be something better... And I need to protect my children...
Gertrude Baniszewski: Do you understand that? You kids... you're all I've got... Thank you, Sylvia. Thank you for understanding, thank you.
Gertrude Baniszewski: There are things in life we have to do, whether we like it or not.
Gertrude Baniszewski: [preparing to write the tattoo onto Sylvia's belly] Ricky... she came back from juvenile! Started stirring up trouble again... Johnny hold her!
Sylvia Likens: No, please, please!
Gertrude Baniszewski: Keep her still!
Marie Baniszewski: If you move, it'll only be messy.
Gertrude Baniszewski: [gives Marie a lighter and a safety pin] Light that.
Sylvia Likens: No! No! No! Please! No! No! Please! Please!
Gertrude Baniszewski: Stop it!
Shirley Baniszewski: You got it right, mama?
Gertrude Baniszewski: Make sure it's hot!
Sylvia Likens: I'm sorry! I'm sorry!
Gertrude Baniszewski: You liar!
Sylvia Likens: Please stop, please no! Please!
[Marie gives Gertrude the safety pin]
Gertrude Baniszewski: You branded my daughters... now I have to brand you.
Gertrude Baniszewski: Who's in charge here?
Johnny Baniszewski: You are, mama.
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