Paranormal Activity

Psychics and investigators believe spirits still inhabit Fox Hollow Farm, along with the current homeowners

Rob Graves is a skeptic, even though he and his family members have heard unidentifiable noises, have had lamps move overnight and even seen dismembered figures out the windows of their Westfield home.

“Stuff happens I can’t explain,” he said.

In May 2009, Graves and his wife, Vicki, purchased Fox Hollow Farm – the infamous former home of serial killer Herb Baumeister.

“It all started with my wife seeing a guy in the woods,” Rob said, adding the man was walking around with a red shirt but did not have any legs. “She had seen it twice before telling me about it.”

Graves contacted a paranormal group that was out at the farm a year before his family moved in and was told he lived in “the most haunted house in Indiana.”

“Let me tell you what she saw and where she saw it,” the investigator told Rob, who was surprised when a total stranger repeated what his wife saw word for word.

Another strange occurrence takes place in the basement. Graves said his vacuum is unplugged continuously despite being connected with an extension cord of adequate length.

“We have to say, ‘stop unplugging the sweeper, I need to sweep,’” he said, adding that once spoken the unplugging ends. “It happens routinely.”

Joe LeBlanc, a man who rented an apartment on the property in the farm’s in-law quarters, also has experienced unexplainable activities including having his door kicked in, knocking in the middle of the night, dead bolted doors whip open and items moved overnight. LeBlanc has also seen the red shirt man and other spirits.

“There are places in my house my wife doesn’t like to go – that make her hair stand up on the back of her neck,” he said.

Once such spot is Rob’s bathroom, which psychics described as a portal for spirits to come and go.

“She told me that before anybody else ever said a word,” he said.

Graves has been told by psychics that the phenomenon’s taking place are from unrested souls.

“They’re souls that have not moved on because so many were unidentified they haven’t had any closure,” he said. “It’s not a demonic thing.”

Despite the unexplainable activity, Graves said his family has no plans to move.

“We love it here,” he said. “We want to change the dynamics of what was.”

The Graves said they knew of the farm’s history before purchasing the home, but Rob said he rarely ever thinks about what occurred more than two decades ago. However, the story of what took place and is being reported caught the eye of Indianapolis director Dan T. Hall.

Hall began his paranormal documentary when filming a children’s program for Showtime at Central State Mental Institution in Indianapolis.

“It was Friday the 13th. All this stuff started happening – creepy stuff,” he said.

For six months last year, Hall and a paranormal investigation team, including psychics, crime scene investigators, a demonologist, Electronic Voice Phenomenon and visual specialists, investigated the 18-acre estate for a movie. “The Haunting of Fox Hollow Farm” was the sixth paranormal documentary by Hall, but the most intensive.

“Typically we spend days or a weekend, but we really hoped to find closure,” Hall said.

The goal of the documentary was to find answers for people that were living – using all the tools and methods available, including ground penetrating radar.

“There’s no script. The story is told by investigators,” said Hall. “Our goal was to help families find closure – trying to find evidence. . . We were trying to figure it out.”

“The whole story was swept under the rug,” added Graves. “He (Baumeister) purposely picked people that wouldn’t be missed. . . He was a master manipulator, that was why he got away with it.”

Graves said a majority of the killings occurred in the pool and adjacent room. Once while LeBlanc was swimming alone he was behind the neck. Hall and his team also detected abnormalities in the pool like a psychic who saw a vision of energy and something pops up in the corner of Hall’s eye.

“It was 12:30 p.m. and we were using an IR camera and heard someone come up behind us,” said Hall. “I’m skeptical, but that was a little unnerving.”

“I’ve seen a shadow figure move from right to left into the pump room,” Graves added.

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

“The evidence is startling, overwhelming and very disturbing,” he said. “I get more creeped out here (in the pool room). It makes me get my radar up. I have trouble being down here by myself.”

“Most places are gone. Few places had this many people killed and are still standing,” added Graves.

For more information about Hall’s documentary on Fox Hollow Farms or to order the DVD, visit www.ghostville.us.

Fox Hollow Farms has been the center of several TV series this year including “Behind Mansion Walls” on Investigation Discovery and Syfy’s “Paranormal Witness.” It has also been featured on the History Channel, A&E and TruTV.

“With all of the stories, if you don’t cooperate they are going to do it anyways,” said Graves. “The worst thing was they dramatized it.”

Know More

In the early 1990’s a local business owner and family man, bought a quiet estate just north of Indianapolis on contract. Although never brought to trial, Herb Baumeister was the prime suspect in the disappearance and murder of a number of individuals from the Midwest. Baumeister committed suicide in Canada before he could be brought to trial and never confessed to the crimes he was alleged to have committed. In 1996, authorities recovered more than 5,000 human bone fragments on the property from 11 confirmed bodies, but as many as 18 victims. Current residents and visitors to the property have reported unsettling feelings, unexplainable noises, and even seeing apparitions inside the house and round the grounds.

  • Pat

    Vey good I have been there on an investigation and this discribes it very well

    • Grammar

      You discribe things vey good too lol learn how to spell VERY & DESCRIBE!!

  • Dan

    Graves don’t own Fox Hollow

    • synseven

      In May 2009, Graves and his wife, Vicki, purchased Fox Hollow Farm – the infamous former home of serial killer Herb Baumeister…..its seems you cant read

  • Wayne

    Then who does??

  • Rafael

    I would like to buy the fox hallow

    • Margie

      you can’t even spell it…..

  • hora

    Who clean a evil garbage are not serial killer, and what are liberals, serial killer abortion baby? Kill evil are not any crime, he was a real hero. I will like buy that house. A haunting come for evil spirit of all evil die in a hand of hero.

    • LeighPerson

      You’re crazier than Burmeister. A lot of Germans felt the way you do and so did Hitler and Stalin.

    • lara eisenberg

      you are an illegal …learn how to speak and write proper English

  • Peter Gomes

    The Graves family moved into Fox Hollow Farm in Indiana, having no idea what was waiting for them. “Paranormal Witness” recounted the legacy of the farm. Serial killer Herb Baumeister lived there, and killed at least thirteen young men before committing suicide on the property in the 1990s. He buried their bodies around the farm. Authorities removed more than 5,000 bone fragments, but the Graves found more. They reported seeing ghosts and hearing strange knocks.

    Theparanormal.ca

  • guest

    I cant believe people are gullible enough to believe in ghosts and and all that crap. What kind of business did he own and what was the name of it?

    • saxonsun

      It’s not “belief.” Lots of people have seen them.

  • spoken citizen

    why don’t they have a ceremony for those who are unidentified and help them cross over?

    • hora

      Who be will cross over? all was evil mental ill homosexual and a serial killer was a hero try clean a word from pure garbage. Are no crime destroy sexual depredator homosexuals who are pure evil and anti religion, what are a true love for justice. All right kill was evil and now haunting property. A monkey justice are now be will not long, when fix much more mental ill be will back to hell, poetic Justice.

      • keith

        Karma is a bitch love and the only evil in the world would be you.

  • Gavin Hulett

    Im glad he can rout in hell