Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Paranormal Investigator Reconnects with Infamous Serial Killer

In the 1998 book Where the Bodies Are Buried, journalists Fannie Weinstein and Melinda Wilson retraced the horrific crimes of alleged Indiana serial killer Herb Baumeister. Unbeknownst to his wife, this chain store owner was also a seemingly prolific murderer and disposer of gay male victims on their sprawling Fox Hollow Farm estate north of Indianapolis.

It was upon reading this book that paranormal investigator Dan T. Hall, also from the Indianapolis area, felt a twinge of guilt that would connect him to his latest documentary in a way that he has not been to his previous projects. Here's his chilling recollection, via a recent interview in the Indianapolis Star:

In the book was a shocking personal connection deep in the final chapter--a reference to a missing person. In the mid-80s, I was playing in a band at the Vogue in Broad Ripple. I can remember that night hearing a proposition of sorts taking place from behind me near the stage entrance: A man speaking with another about a house with a carousel in it and how cool it was and that they should go see it.
I turned to see who they were but just caught the backs of two men leaving through the rear stage door. Shortly after that night, the news media began reporting someone missing, and the last known location of that person was at the Vogue at my show. I wished I could have done something then, and I feel this film is my opportunity to do something now.

The Haunting of Fox Hollow Farm, Hall's sixth paranormal doc, took six months to make and involved the efforts of two dozen fellow investigators. The current owners of the estate have reported all sorts of strange noises as well as apparitions. Baumeister fled a police investigation and committed suicide in 1996, with no mention of the serial killings in his note.

The movie premieres Friday October 21st at the Indiana State Museum's IMAX Theater, followed by a Q&A. It will also screen there the 22nd, 28th and 29th.

[The Haunting of Fox Hollow Farm]

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