The Amityville Horror

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The Amityville Horror was a best-selling 1977 novel by Jay Anson. The novel is also the basis of two movies made in 1979 and 2005.

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Synopsis

Both book and film revolve around the Lutz family, who move into the Dutch Colonial home in the village of Amityville, a New York City suburb on the south shore of Long Island, New York village. Thirteen months earlier the house on 112 Ocean Avenue was the scene of a brutal mass murder. The Lutz family, having lived in the house for only 28 days, fled their house with very few belongings, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomenon.

The murders

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Main Article: Ronald DeFeo, Jr.

On November 13, 1974, police found that all but one of the members of the family residing at 112 Oceanside Ave., the DeFeo's, had been murdered in the middle of the night. Ronald DeFeo Jr., the only surviving member, claimed that they had been murdered by the mob until he confessed to the murders.

The popular story of ensuing events is that DeFeo’s original claims were that the murders were mob-connected had changed to “hearing voices,” demonic possession, and being handed the murder weapon, a .35 calibre Marlin hunting rifle, by a “pair of black hands”. DeFeo also claimed to have seen shadow figures moving about the house during the murders. He also claimed when killing his parents the weapon made no sound when firing it. However CourtTV's account of the murder case makes no mention of these claims, implying that DeFeo in fact did not contest his confession until the trial [1]. DeFeo's attorney pursued that line of questioning during the trial, only to have it backfire on him when DeFeo testified that he had not heard any voices the night of the murders [2]. He was convicted of second degree murder and is currently serving a life sentence.

Story

  • This section contains allegations of events that support the contention that the house was actually haunted. They are part of a work of literature alleging supernatural events and have not been independently verified by impartial research.
Left to right: 112 Ocean as owned by the DeFeo & Lutz familiy, 112 Ocean in 1978, House in Toms River, New Jersey remodeled to look like 112 Ocean (was used for filming first three Amityville Horror movies), 112 Ocean as remodeled in the 1990s - note the replacement of quarter-moon window as well as the alteration of porch balustrade and the removal of latticework around porch columns.

The house on 112 Ocean Avenue remained empty for 13 months until late 1975, when George and Kathleen Lutz purchased the 2 ½ floor house. George and Kathy were married in July and had their own houses, however they wanted to start a new life with a new home, for a new marriage. Kathy had three children from a previous marriage and a black Labrador named Harry. During their first inspection of the house the realtor told them about the DeFeo murders the previous November and asked if this changed their opinion on wanting to purchase the house. After family discussions, it was agreed that it was not an issue.

They moved in on December 18, 1975. When a friend of George’s learned of the house he insisted George have the house blessed. At the time George was a non-Catholic (at the time he was a non-practising Methodist) and had no experience with what a house blessing entailed. Kathy was a non-practising Catholic at the time and explained the process. George only knew of one Catholic priest, named Father Ray, who was also a close friend, who agreed to do the house blessing.

Being an ecclesiastical judge at the local Catholic establishment, Father Ray was not in the habit of doing house-blessings but since he and George were friends, he was doing it as a favour. Father Ray arrived to do the house blessing on the day the Lutz’s were moving in and as they busily unpacked outside he went in and performed the house blessing. Much later, after fleeing, George and Kathy learned from Father Ray that when blessing a particular room on the second-storey, which would be referred to as the “sewing room” (formerly Marc and John Matthew DeFeo’s bedroom), he discovered an unnatural coldness in this room, and heard an unearthly voice telling him to “Get Out!” Startled by this, Father Ray was subsequently slapped by an unseen force. When leaving the house, Father Ray did not mention this incident to either George or Kathy, more than likely because he did not wish to cause them unnecessary concern. Instead he told them he felt uncomfortable in that room and would prefer it if nobody spent too much time in that room. Because they planned to use the room as a “sewing room” nothing else was mentioned of it, until much later after George and Kathy had fled the house.

The sensations in the house experienced by the Lutz family did not happen at an accelerated pace instantly. Occurrences were subtle and escalated as time went by. The instances of paranormal activity were later described as being “in a three-ringed circus”. Each family member would experience different things as individuals which made such a profound psychological effect that it was difficult to explain them to even other family members that lived in the house, and it was like they “were each living in a different house”.

Some of the experiences in the house for the Lutz family are as follows:

  • George would wake up around 3.15am every morning and then would go out to check the boathouse. Later it would be learned that it was the estimated time of death with the DeFeo murders.
  • Kathy would have vivid nightmares about the murders, and discovered which order the murders occurred and who was shot where. These details were later confirmed when they met with Ronald DeFeo’s defence attorney.
  • Kathy would feel a sensation as if “being embraced” in a loving manner, by an unseen force.
  • Kathy discovered a small hidden crawl space behind shelving in the basement, the walls painted red. This did not show up on the blue prints of the house. The room was referred to as “the red room”. This room had a profound effect on their dog, Harry, who refused to go near it and cowered away as if sensing something negative there.
  • There were cold spots and strange odours of scented perfume and excrement in certain areas of the house where there were no wind drafts or any piping whatsoever to explain a source.
  • The Lutz’s youngest daughter, Missy, developed an imaginary friend named “Jody” who it was later discovered was not so imaginary and who it would be discovered could change form from a little boy to a demonic pig-like creature.
  • George would be awoken by the sound of the front door slamming when there was no door slamming. He would race downstairs to see the dog sleeping soundly at the front door. Nobody else heard these sounds even though it was loud enough to wake the house.
  • George would hear what was described as a “German marching band tuning up” or what also sounded like a clock radio playing not quite on frequency. When he got downstairs the noise would stop.
  • While checking the boathouse one night, George saw a pair of “red eyes” looking at him from Missy’s bedroom window. When he raced upstairs and to her room there was no sign of this mysterious entity. Later it was theorized that it could have been “Jody”.

When it was apparent to the Lutz’s that something was wrong with their house that they could not explain rationally, it was suggested by a friend of George’s, who had had similar experiences in his house, that he and Kathy do a blessing of their own and open all the windows in the rooms and tell whatever was there to leave in the name of Jesus Christ. When taking his advice and walking around the house doing the Lord’s prayer each of the rooms, George and Kathy would hear a chorus of voices telling them “Will you please stop!”

By mid-January of 1976, and after another attempt at a house blessing by George and Kathy, they experienced what would be their final night in the house. To this day, events of this night have not been disclosed fully by any of the Lutz family, as they have described it as too frightening.

After getting in touch with Father Ray, he managed to convince George and Kathy to take some belongings and stay at Kathy’s mother’s house in Deer Park, for the time being until they sorted out what problems were in the house. On January 14, 1976, George and Kathy Lutz, with their three children and their dog, Harry, fled the house on 112 Ocean Avenue, leaving most of their possessions behind.

Criticisms

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The book and the subsequent movies were promoted as being based on a true story, and for a time Anson's word that "There is simply too much independent corroboration of their narrative to support the speculation that [the Lutzes] either imagined or fabricated these events" held. The popular consensus today, however, among researchers of the incident is that "the facts depicted in the books (and the movies to follow) were written entirely as a profit making scheme" [3].

The story started to fall apart when the Lutz's filed suit against Paul Hoffman (a writer working on an account of the hauntings), William Weber (DeFeo's Lawyer), Bernard Burton, Frederick Mars (both clairvoyants who had examined the house), Good Housekeeping, New York Sunday News and the Hearst Corporation (who had published articles related to the hauntings), alleging invasion of privacy, misappropration of names for trade purposes, and mental distress. Hoffman, Weber, and Burton immediately filed a countersuit alleging fraud and breach of contract. Eventually, the claims against the news corporations were dropped for lack of evidence, and the remainder of the case was tried by Brooklyn U.S. District Court judge Jack B. Weinstein. Weinstein dismissed the Lutz's claims, saying "it appears to me that to a large extent the book is a work of fiction, relying in a large part upon the suggestions of Mr. Weber" [4]. Weber had admitted that much of the story was created over "many bottles of wine" with the Lutz's [5].

Numerous discrepencies have emerged over the years, though the Lutz's continued claims that the book was essentially true help keep the legend alive in the public eye.

A recent view of 112 Ocean.

See Also

  • The Amityville Horror (1979 film)
  • The Amityville Horror (2005 film)

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After getting in touch with Father Ray, he managed to convince George and Kathy to take some belongings and stay at Kathy’s mother’s house in Deer Park, for the time being until they sorted out what problems were in the house. All three pionts came from Demetieva: She avenged her lost to Mary Pierce, beat Amelie Mauresmo, then won the deciding doubles match with partner Dinara Safina. To this day, events of this night have not been disclosed fully by any of the Lutz family, as they have described it as too frightening. Elena led Russia to repeat as Fed Cup champions, beating France 3-2. By mid-January of 1976, and after another attempt at a house blessing by George and Kathy, they experienced what would be their final night in the house. Partnering Flavia Pennetta of Italy, she reached her second doubles final at the US Open. When taking his advice and walking around the house doing the Lord’s prayer each of the rooms, George and Kathy would hear a chorus of voices telling them “Will you please stop!”. She reached the semifinals of the 2005 US Open where she lost to French woman Mary Pierce 6-3 2-6 2-6.

When it was apparent to the Lutz’s that something was wrong with their house that they could not explain rationally, it was suggested by a friend of George’s, who had had similar experiences in his house, that he and Kathy do a blessing of their own and open all the windows in the rooms and tell whatever was there to leave in the name of Jesus Christ. 19-year-old countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Dementieva in straight sets in the final, becoming the third consecutive Russian woman first-time grand slam winner. Some of the experiences in the house for the Lutz family are as follows:. Later that year, at the US Open, she reached her second Grand Slam final, defeating Jennifer Capriati and Amelie Mauresmo on the way. Each family member would experience different things as individuals which made such a profound psychological effect that it was difficult to explain them to even other family members that lived in the house, and it was like they “were each living in a different house”. Incidentally, the last female Russian Grand Slam finalist was Dementieva's coach, Morozova at 1974 Roland Garros and Wimbledon. The instances of paranormal activity were later described as being “in a three-ringed circus”. Former Russian president Boris Yeltsin watched the match.

Occurrences were subtle and escalated as time went by. She lost to compatriot Anastasia Myskina in the first all-Russian Grand Slam final. The sensations in the house experienced by the Lutz family did not happen at an accelerated pace instantly. 1 Lindsay Davenport in straight sets on the way. Because they planned to use the room as a “sewing room” nothing else was mentioned of it, until much later after George and Kathy had fled the house. In May, at Roland Garros, she reached her first Grand Slam final, defeating former world no. Instead he told them he felt uncomfortable in that room and would prefer it if nobody spent too much time in that room. 9 Nadia Petrova, it was the first time that three Russians appeared in the WTA top 10 simultaneously.

When leaving the house, Father Ray did not mention this incident to either George or Kathy, more than likely because he did not wish to cause them unnecessary concern. 5 Myskina and no. Much later, after fleeing, George and Kathy learned from Father Ray that when blessing a particular room on the second-storey, which would be referred to as the “sewing room” (formerly Marc and John Matthew DeFeo’s bedroom), he discovered an unnatural coldness in this room, and heard an unearthly voice telling him to “Get Out!” Startled by this, Father Ray was subsequently slapped by an unseen force. With no. Father Ray arrived to do the house blessing on the day the Lutz’s were moving in and as they busily unpacked outside he went in and performed the house blessing. On April 5, she reached her highest singles ranking at sixth in the world. Being an ecclesiastical judge at the local Catholic establishment, Father Ray was not in the habit of doing house-blessings but since he and George were friends, he was doing it as a favour. Serena won the match.

George only knew of one Catholic priest, named Father Ray, who was also a close friend, who agreed to do the house blessing. 1, top seed and two-time defending Serena Williams. Kathy was a non-practising Catholic at the time and explained the process. 1 Venus Williams, who was seeded second, in the semifinal, then faced former world no. At the time George was a non-Catholic (at the time he was a non-practising Methodist) and had no experience with what a house blessing entailed. At Miami, seeded 5th, she eliminated former world no. When a friend of George’s learned of the house he insisted George have the house blessed. In 2004, Dementieva had a breakthrough year.

They moved in on December 18, 1975. In addition, she reached the semifinals of the Wimbledon doubles with her friend and compatriot Lina Krasnoroutskaya, beating the Williams sisters on the way. After family discussions, it was agreed that it was not an issue. She finished 2003 in the top 10. During their first inspection of the house the realtor told them about the DeFeo murders the previous November and asked if this changed their opinion on wanting to purchase the house. In 2003, she also won back-to-back titles in Bali and Shanghai, defeating Chanda Rubin in the final in both events. Kathy had three children from a previous marriage and a black Labrador named Harry. She was the lowest seed (10th) to win the tournament in its 24-year history.

George and Kathy were married in July and had their own houses, however they wanted to start a new life with a new home, for a new marriage. 2 Lindsay Davenport. The house on 112 Ocean Avenue remained empty for 13 months until late 1975, when George and Kathleen Lutz purchased the 2 ½ floor house. 1 Justin Henin, and world no. He was convicted of second degree murder and is currently serving a life sentence. At Amelia Island, she won her first WTA tour title, defeating Amanda Coetzer, Daniela Hantuchová, then world no. DeFeo's attorney pursued that line of questioning during the trial, only to have it backfire on him when DeFeo testified that he had not heard any voices the night of the murders [2]. In 2003, she played the most tournaments among top 10 players (27) and won approximately US $900,000 in prize money.

However CourtTV's account of the murder case makes no mention of these claims, implying that DeFeo in fact did not contest his confession until the trial [1]. Partnering Janette Husarova of Slovakia, she reached her first Grand Slam final at the US Open and won the Year End Championships. He also claimed when killing his parents the weapon made no sound when firing it. 2002 was her best year in doubles. DeFeo also claimed to have seen shadow figures moving about the house during the murders. 1 Russian tennis player, a position previously held by Anna Kournikova since December 1997. The popular story of ensuing events is that DeFeo’s original claims were that the murders were mob-connected had changed to “hearing voices,” demonic possession, and being handed the murder weapon, a .35 calibre Marlin hunting rifle, by a “pair of black hands”. she became the no.

Ronald DeFeo Jr., the only surviving member, claimed that they had been murdered by the mob until he confessed to the murders. During the year. On November 13, 1974, police found that all but one of the members of the family residing at 112 Oceanside Ave., the DeFeo's, had been murdered in the middle of the night. 2001 was the second straight year in which she finished in the WTA's top 20. Main Article: Ronald DeFeo, Jr. In 2000, she was named the WTA tour's Most Improved Player. The Lutz family, having lived in the house for only 28 days, fled their house with very few belongings, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomenon. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney, she won the silver medal, losing to Venus Williams in the final.

Thirteen months earlier the house on 112 Ocean Avenue was the scene of a brutal mass murder. She reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open, losing to Lindsay Davenport and becoming the first woman from Russia to reach a US Open semifinal. Both book and film revolve around the Lutz family, who move into the Dutch Colonial home in the village of Amityville, a New York City suburb on the south shore of Long Island, New York village. In 2000, she entered the top 20 by winning more than 40 singles matches for the second straight year and earned more than US $600,000. . She managed to reach the second round at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, made a first round exit at Wimbledon, and managed to reach the third round of the US Open. The novel is also the basis of two movies made in 1979 and 2005. 1999 was also the year in which she played her first Grand Slam main draws qualifying for Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon and getting a direct entry into the US Open.

The Amityville Horror was a best-selling 1977 novel by Jay Anson. In 1999, she represented Russia in the Fed Cup final against the USA, scoring Russia's only point. The Amityville Horror (2005 film). She turned professional in 1998 and went on to enter the top 100 in 1999. The Amityville Horror (1979 film). In 1997, she entered the WTA top 500. Later it was theorized that it could have been “Jody”. Dementieva played and won her first international tournament, Les Petits Aces, in France at the age of 13.

When he raced upstairs and to her room there was no sign of this mysterious entity. . While checking the boathouse one night, George saw a pair of “red eyes” looking at him from Missy’s bedroom window. With Amelie Mauresmo capturing the 2006 Australian Open, the title of Best Player to have never captured a Slam has generally been given to her. When he got downstairs the noise would stop. Yelena Vyacheslavovna Dementyeva (Russian: Елена Вячеславовна Дементьева; born October 15, 1981, Moscow), better known as Elena Dementieva, is a professional tennis player from Russia. George would hear what was described as a “German marching band tuning up” or what also sounded like a clock radio playing not quite on frequency. 2005: Los Angeles (with Flavia Pennetta).

Nobody else heard these sounds even though it was loud enough to wake the house. 2003: 's Hertogenbosch (with Lina Krasnoroutskaya). He would race downstairs to see the dog sleeping soundly at the front door. 2002: WTA Tour Championships (with Janette Husarova). George would be awoken by the sound of the front door slamming when there was no door slamming. 2002: Moscow (with Janette Husarova). The Lutz’s youngest daughter, Missy, developed an imaginary friend named “Jody” who it was later discovered was not so imaginary and who it would be discovered could change form from a little boy to a demonic pig-like creature. 2002: San Diego (with Janette Husarova).

There were cold spots and strange odours of scented perfume and excrement in certain areas of the house where there were no wind drafts or any piping whatsoever to explain a source. 2002: Berlin (with Janette Husarova). This room had a profound effect on their dog, Harry, who refused to go near it and cowered away as if sensing something negative there. 2005: Philadelphia (lost to Amélie Mauresmo). The room was referred to as “the red room”. 2005: Charleston (lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne). This did not show up on the blue prints of the house. 2004: Moscow (lost to Anastasia Myskina).

Kathy discovered a small hidden crawl space behind shelving in the basement, the walls painted red. Open (lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova). Kathy would feel a sensation as if “being embraced” in a loving manner, by an unseen force. 2004: U.S. These details were later confirmed when they met with Ronald DeFeo’s defence attorney. 2004: French Open (lost to Anastasia Myskina). Kathy would have vivid nightmares about the murders, and discovered which order the murders occurred and who was shot where. 2004: Miami (lost to Serena Williams).

Later it would be learned that it was the estimated time of death with the DeFeo murders. 2002: ’s-Hertogenbosch (lost to Eleni Daniilidou). George would wake up around 3.15am every morning and then would go out to check the boathouse. 2001: Moscow (lost to Jelena Dokic). They are part of a work of literature alleging supernatural events and have not been independently verified by impartial research. 2001: Acapulco (lost to Amanda Coetzer). This section contains allegations of events that support the contention that the house was actually haunted. 2000: The Olympics-Sydney (lost to Venus Williams).

This section contains information that is a part of the public record separate from specific allegations of supernatural events which form the heart of the book and movies.

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