Who was Herb Baumeister?

We don’t have yet an extensive article on Herb Baumeister, but until then, we do have the Herb Baumeister FBI File.

Herbert Richard Baumeister was born on April 7, 1947 and was an American serial killer from Westfield, Indiana, near Indianapolis. He was the founder of the successful thrift store chain Sav-a-Lot in Indiana.

In the early 1990’s, police began investigating the disappearances of gay men in the Indianapolis area. All victims were of similar age, height, and weight.

Investigators approached Baumeister telling him he was a suspect in the disappearances, and asked to search his house. But Baumeister refused and his wife refused as well. By June 1996, his wife became frightened by her husband’s behavior so she filed for divorce. She also consented to a search.

While Baumeister was on vacation, investigators conducted a search on his 18-acre property and the remains of eleven men were discovered. Baumeister was also suspected of killing nine other men, whose bodies were found in rural areas along the corridor of Interstate 70.

herb bauimester victims

When the warrant for his arrest went out, Baumeister fled to Ontario, Canada where he committed suicide on July 3, 1996. He never confessed the murders.

The FBI File

Bellow you can see the FBI file on Herb Baumeister, released under the Freedom of Information Act.

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