Mark Twain wrote: It is the fashion in New England to give Indian names to the public houses, not that the late lamented savage knew how to keep a hotel, but that his warlike name may impress the traveler who humbly craves shelter there, and make him grateful to the noble and gentlemanly clerk if he is allowed to depart with his scalp safe.
Category: Nonfiction: True Crime
Average Rating: 3.0
In the fall of 1994, Erich Baumeister (13), was playing in a wooded area of his family's estate, when he stumbled across a partially buried human skeleton. He presented the disturbing finding to his mother, Julie, who inquired about the skull to her husband, Herb. He told her that the skeleton belonged to his late father, an anesthesiologist, who used it for his research. He said he didn't know what to do with it, so he buried it in the back garden. Astonishingly, Julie believed him. Over the course of eighteen months, Julie became increasingly concerned and even frightened by her husband's mood swings and erratic behaviour. In June 1996, while Herb was on vacation, she granted police full access to her family's eighteen-acre home. Within ten days of the search, investigators uncovered the remains of eleven bodies. Once news of the findings at Fox Hollow Farm was broadcast, Herb disappeared. He was missing for eight days when campers eventually found his body inside his car. In an apparent suicide, Herb had shot himself while parked at Pinery Park, Ontario. He wrote a three-page suicide note explaining his reasons for taking his life, which he attributed to his failing marriage and business. There was no mention of the victims scattered in his backyard. Herb Baumeister would later be alleged to have killed at least nine more men along the Interstate 70 between Indiana and Ohio, and coined the "I-70 Strangler." It is entirely possible that he was one of the most prolific serial killers in history, but because of his perpetual cowardice in the face of scrutiny, the world will never know.
This isn't an especially interesting case, partly because there are so few facts known about what really happened. Also, some of the detail presented in this book must be purely speculation. Furthermore, Ryan Green neglected to include many dates, making it almost impossible to comprehend the timeline of events. At under 4 hours, it's a quick listen, though.
Steve White's performance is Satisfyingly competent.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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