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The Horrors of Fox Hollow Farm with Richard Estep – Big Seance Podcast #150

The Horrors of Fox Hollow Farm with author and paranormal investigator, Richard Estep - Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World #150

 

Author and paranormal investigator, Richard Estep, returns to talk about his chilling brand new book, The Horrors of Fox Hollow Farm: Unraveling the History & Hauntings of a Serial Killer’s Home. Fox Hollow Farm is the beautiful Indiana home, complete with indoor pool, where Herb Baumeister allegedly murdered numerous men from the gay community in the 1990s. Is it haunted? And if so, who by?

 

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Did someone die in your house? Do you own “stigmatized” real estate?

Have you ever wondered?

Maybe it’s because you’ve always gotten a creepy feeling at certain times or in a certain place in your home. Maybe it’s because you’re interested in purchasing a home with age and character. Then again, maybe you don’t want to know… or don’t care.

 

DiedInHouse.com

I heard about DiedInHouse.com through a commercial on my Sirius XM radio in the car on Friday. It caught my attention, and at the next light I made a note in my phone to check it out. I can tell you that the radio spot was much darker and creepier than the bright and cheery video I’ve embedded below. Apparently “you have a right to know” and they can find out for you by doing the research and sending you a report. 

 

For some of the locations and properties MOSS has investigated, I’ve spent a bit of time researching most of the things that are covered in this report.  It takes some digging, but most of this information you could find yourself for free. At $11.99 per search, you’re paying to sit back and let someone else to do it for you. 

 

Do you own “Stigmatized” Real Estate?

A few years ago I discovered a fascinating blog (HauntedRealEstateBlog.com) by a real estate agent from Silicon Valley. Mary Pope-Handy, the writer of the blog, says that “A stigma can be caused by a murder or other crime, usually violent – it does not have to result in death for a stigma to be attached to the property. The presence or suspected presence of a ghost would cause a stigma, but so would the a murder, rape, or other highly negative event.”

Different states have different laws about disclosing information about deaths in a home.  I’m not able to find a master list of states that require you to disclose the haunted history of a home, however, Mary Pope-Handy has compiled information about the laws and disclosure for Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington.

According to Susan Funaro in article from legalzoom.com, “Sellers should disclose grisly facts about the house, so they will not be ‘haunted’ later. Even if not required by state law, in order to soothe prospective buyers and avoid lawsuits, sellers should be upfront about their home’s paranormal guests or ghoulish histories.” 

You may also be interested in swinging by Mary’s blog to check out some of the results of the Realtor.com® Haunted House Report from 2013, where 62% of respondents say they’re open to purchasing a haunted home. Is this just another side effect of what I like to call “The Great Paranormal Craze”?

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The Milton Schoolhouse, Alton, IL

 

About three years ago, my buddy Matt and I took off for a day trip to Alton, Illinois… just for fun! I had never been and so he was going to show me around. Alton is a place full of history, absolutely beautiful buildings, and of course… ghost stories! Early this week I was chatting with friend and researcher, Randall Keller, when I remembered a specific part of that Alton trip years before. On that beautiful October day, we stopped by the Milton Schoolhouse. Earlier that year, the Ghost Hunters (T.A.P.S.) filmed an investigation there and I had been particularly impressed with that episode.

If you watch the Ghost Hunters episode, they’re quick to play up the drama of the sad and gruesome events that supposedly happened inside the building years ago. According to Troy Taylor at AltonHauntings.com, the schoolhouse was built in 1904 and served students until 1984. The local legend (because apparently there’s no actual record of the events) about the school involves a little girl who was brutally murdered and raped by a janitor in the building in the 1930s. Some time later the janitor hung himself inside the school after leaving a note with the message “I did it!” 

As much as I wanted to get into this place, we settled for being sneaky and walked around the property for some pictures. We had a very brief meeting with the current owners in the parking lot (probably something like “Hi. Um… can we help you?”), but we didn’t push for an invitation. 

After reliving this memory and digging up the forgotten photos, I decided I MUST contact the owners to get inside, if for nothing else, to just walk around with a recorder and get some good photos. I was hoping it hadn’t turned into a paranormal trap or a “pay to investigate” place. After some new research, boy was I surprised to see what is going on at The Milton Schoolhouse now! How quickly things change. If I make a visit, it definitely won’t be the kind I had in mind. 

You’ve just got to check out their beautiful site. From TheMiltonSchoolhouse.com:

“Purchased in 2009, The Milton Schoolhouse is actively undergoing renovation to host artists, small businesses, and community oriented groups as we work to infuse this beautiful riverfront town with a fresh burst of entrepreneurial spirit.”

“The Milton Schoolhouse is a place for innovators, dreamers, bold visionaries, entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, daring pioneers- and renaissance people.”

Currently you can get a massage at the Milton. The old schoolhouse also houses the office of an electrician, two different photography studios, an art studio, and a creative stained glass studio. Apparently there’s a business called Marie the Cheesecake Lady coming soon! (Cheesecake. Yup. I’ll be taking a trip back to Alton soon!)

So what do the new owners think about their haunted history? They’re apparently trying to distance themselves from it all, as according to their FAQ page, they say…

“Instead of haunted, we prefer to say the building has a lot of character. We’re working hard to infuse this building with new life- and prefer not to lean on an old urban legend to create a buzz about this awesome place. “

I would have to agree. It seems pretty awesome. This is probably something that many historic and possibly struggling communities should take note of. Wouldn’t you agree?

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