Haunted Fox Hollow Farm

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Early Days of Herb Baumeister

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Serial Killer Baumeister

Herbert Richard Baumeister

An evil coward who committed suicide before he was ever brought to trial, Herbert Baumeister was accused in the sadistic murders of at least eleven men. There were most likely many more. He was the owner of the now famous, Fox Hollow Farm.

Baumeister, (April 7, 1947-July 3, 1996) was originally from Westfield, Indiana and the oldest of four children. By all accounts he was normal but, by early adolescence, he began showing signs of antisocial behavior and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Unfortunately, he received no psychiatric treatment after urinating on a teacher’s desk and playing with dead animals. As an adult, he had a few jobs but was always described as bizarre.

Herb Baumesiter married in 1971 and had three children. In 1988 he successfully founded the thrift store chain called Sav-A-Lot and owned two stores both located in Indianapolis. The stores were successful and the Baumeister’s were living a very nice lifestyle.

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Family Man Baumeister

During the 1990’s police began investigating the disappearance of several gay men. After the attempted murder of a man who was a patron of a gay bar, police were given the license plate of a suspect which led to a patron of the bar who called himself Brian Smart. Police soon discovered that in reality Brian Smart was Herb Baumeister. The man who reported Baumeister for attempted murder claimed that Burmeister had killed his friend. Police told Baumeister that he was a suspect and that they wanted to search his home but he refused, as well as Baumeister’s wife, Julie. Around 1996 Julie had a change of heart after finally acknowledging her husband’s mood swings and erratic behavior. She filed for a divorce and consented to a search of the 18 acre estate named Fox Hollow Farm. Baumeister was on vacation at the time and it was this search that unearthed the remains of eleven men. Only eight were positively identified. Baumeister ┬áis also the suspect in the murder of nine additional men who bodies were discovered in rural areas between Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Early Victim

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Another Early VIctim

After escaping to Ontario, Baumeister committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. This serial killer left a note behind stating the reasons for taking his own life were due to a failing marriage and business. He never confessed to any of the murders.

The Haunting of Fox Hollow Farm

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Fox Hollow Farm

A family by the name of Graves moved into Fox Hollow Farm in Indiana and had no idea what was in store for them. “Paranormal Witness” recounted the legacy of the farm.

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The Graves

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Haunted Area of Farm

 

Authorities eventually removed more than 5,000 bone fragments, but the Graves found more. They reported seeing ghosts and hearing strange knocks on a regular basis. Joe LeBlanc, a man who worked with Mr. Graves and who rented an apartment on their property, had the most specific encounters. He claims to have made contact with the ghost of Baumeister and recorded the session. A voice could be heard repeating the phrase, “The married one.” LeBlanc had been asking who was walking in the kitchen. Since all of Baumeister’s victims had been single, he felt that this answer must mean the spirit was Baumeister himself. Several paranormal investigative teams have been on the property and validate what has been reported by Joe.

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Paranormal Activity in Apartment

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46 Comments

  1. Lisa

    Please do not go to this house I don’t claim to be a physchic but have been sensative to spirits and just that address tells me to stay far away if 11 shows up in anything it is a bad number for me.a psychic did tell me that but I have expericenced my best friend died 11 days after we come back from vacation. The next I came back from another vacation.and my dog blew a.c.l. 11 days after I come back and I spent next four months on a mattree on floor with my dog.numerous more times with number 11 have showed up. Thanks have a good one.=-O

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      I would never want to go to that location for any reason. Dreadful and pure evil.

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  2. Andy

    I drive from Iowa to Dayton Ohio twice a week for work and there was a particular incident I’ve talked with friends ,including one who is a native American Indian charmin that happened last December on I70. It was about 2 am and was leaving Dayton heading west toward Indianapolis and approximately near mile marker 8 in Ohio I see someone walking west on the median side of the interstate, along the fast lane. The person was wearing white shorts and I didn’t notice arms swinging when a person walks. As I past by this person I didn’t see anything above the waist, figuring that it was just the lighting of my headlights I didn’t think nothing more about it until I came to a overpass and seen the support all the way to the road deck. No broken down vehicle any where in sight…plus shorts in December. I believe there is also paranormal activity along the I70 in Prebble county from before Baumeister bought the Fox Hollow farms.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Wow, that is really creepy and I am sure you were freaked out seeing that @ 2 a.m. With the history in that area, I am not surprised. I appreciate your sharing your story with the readers.

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      1. Andy

        I acuallly shrugged the incident off until I seen the paranormal witness episode of Fox Hollow Farm, looking back on that incident it made perfect sense since Herb was preying on his victims during the warmer times of year and in the 80s basketball style shorts were in. Another intriguing this was the legs were the same pale white as the shorts. I’ve been by Fox Hollow and would love to check it out but I wouldn’t want to seem as a groupie ghost hunter. I’m sure the Graves “owners” want to be left alone.

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    2. Zoie

      My cousin used to work for hima t the thrift shop

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  3. Heather Slaten

    I have seen myself first hand when a spirit appears who did not cross over and I truly feel I have the open mind and acceptance to understand their dillema. I wish I could help them since I would be more than willing to do so and not for money or notiriaty

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Perhaps you can contact the current owners. I do not have any updates on who actually lives there now.

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  4. Sonja

    Just watched the paranormal witness about your property fox hollow farm. Very scary.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Yes, this is a very frightening experience for those that have lived on this property.

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  5. Ed

    I live a mile down 156th from this properly. Most of the land surrounding the property has been sold and developed over the last 2 years.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Thanks for the updated information. Several readers asked about this location these past two years. Such a tragic and frightening story. I could not live in that home.

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  6. Otis Antoine III

    I would be scared $#!+less if I was there

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  7. Carol

    Herb was actually born and raised in Indpls. He became a Westfield resident when the fam
    Moved to Fox Hollow Farms.

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  8. Jon

    Another Elmer Wayne Henley copycat

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      I agree Jon. Thanks for your comment.

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  9. justin scales

    i just want to know if the hauntings are still going on today

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      There have been no updates by the current owners. My personal opinion would be yes.

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      1. Susie

        On the show “Paranormal Witness” it states the hauntingns are still continuing today

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        1. Donna L (Post author)

          I believe it. I would not want to live there under any circumstances.

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  10. darlene

    fox hollow actually has a fb page. and ghost hunts/ look for there page and friend them

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Yes, I have seen their FB page. Thanks for your feedback Darlene!

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    2. sarah zombiebacon

      Ghost Adventures is airing an episode there on May 14th

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      1. Donna L (Post author)

        It should prove to be frightening. Thanks!

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        1. Julia Carey

          Thanks for the info love Ghost Adventures. Have a great and beautiful day

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          1. Donna L (Post author)

            Thank you for stopping by my website!

  11. Dennis

    Do they allow people to go there and check things out or do they do tours of the inside of the home?

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      No, this is private property.

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  12. brimveyvascge.science

    Throughout all his experience and documentaries, Hall said Fox Hollow Farm is intriguing because of all the happenings in one location.

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  13. Sarah

    I live about 5 minutes from Westfield, and my brother and I have wanted to drive by the house since we saw it on an episode of ghost adventures. Does anyone know the address or even the general location. My brother just wants to drive by it! Thanks

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Hi Sarah–I’ve have been asked about this before and I have not been able to find the actual street address. I am sure the current owners have made sure to stay private. I would have to say that locals in the area would be able to send you in the right direction. Good luck! Donna

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      1. Bill

        Sarah, I found the address.
        1111 E 156th St
        Carmel, IN 46032-5059

        I consider that Westfield but that address will get you there in Google maps.

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        1. Donna L (Post author)

          Good detective work Bill.

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    2. Bill

      Sarah, I don’t have the mailing address but it is on the west side of the Monon Trail on 156th Street. I’ve ridden through there on my bike.

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    3. Kayla McConnell

      On 159th street by the back road of South union. It is less than mile down the road from cool Creek park. I went to this last night and won’t be sleeping for quite some time. The woods behind the house are terrifying.

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      1. Donna L (Post author)

        Thanks for sharing this information Kayla as it’s hard to find information online.Sweet dreams!!

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  14. Carrie O'Brien

    I live in MN and I’m a very sensitive oerson and I have lived in plenty of haunted house’s. I wounder if the Graves family is still living there??? Please, email me back. Thanks.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      I have not located any updates on this family. I would imagine they prefer to keep things private at this point in time. Please feel free to join our e-mail list for regular updates. Great to hear from you Carrie.

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  15. Carrie O'Brien

    I believe in ghosts and spritis. I can sense things myself. Anyone want 2 talk leave me a message and email me back. My name is Carrie O’Brien.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Hi Carrie–You can shared your experiences with the readers here if you go to the “Share Your Experiences” page on this website. Thanks for your comments.

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      1. Dennie Duncan

        Hi Carrie I have some questions for you if you would please email me at dennie22901@me.com. That comes straight to my phone looking forward to hearing from you.

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    2. Dennie Duncan

      Hi Carrie I have some questions for you if you would please email me at dennie22901@me.com. That comes straight to my phone looking forward to hearing from you.

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  16. zack shafer

    can some one please email me the address this place i live in indy and i live to jst drive by it thanks email address zack4709@gmail.com

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    1. Donna

      I sent you a private message Zack. Thanks for stopping by my website and reading the story. Come back again soon!

      Regards,
      Donna

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  17. Lillian Morgan.

    This is a pretty sad story.Ghosts that are left to wander,they probably don’t even realize they are dead.What I don’t understand is that the people who own the property know of the dead people who are appearing to the family members,why was something not done to guide them to the other side.I have watched many paranormal shows and in most cases a psychic was always brought in to guide these spirits to get to the other side.Blessed Be.)0(

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    1. Donna

      I am hoping by now that someone has been brought in to help those poor post souls! Thank you for your comment.

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