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

  • 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.

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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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. Users cannot link directly to a page with the flash file without the interstitial launch page. Weber had admitted that much of the story was created over "many bottles of wine" with the Lutz's [5]. Clicking this button spawns a pop-up window showing the flash file. Weber" [4]. Linking to an item on Newgrounds can only be made to a launch page, where the reader has to find and click on a Watch this movie button. 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. These could be blocked using the browser or add-on software, except that to use the site, users would have to configure an exception for Newgrounds, exposing them to the advertising.

Weinstein. Newgrounds uses pop-up advertising. District Court judge Jack B. Around 2004, people began to complain that Newgrounds.com had been adding spyware, such as 180 Solutions to certain webpages. 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. Astroseries 2 became the very first submission to be received by Newgrounds in 2006. Hoffman, Weber, and Burton immediately filed a countersuit alleging fraud and breach of contract. None have been made since spring of 2005, and it's unlikely that more will be made.

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. These collections have no theme, and seem to be primarily compilations of rejected or unused daily collection animations. 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]. Some daily collections were submitted simply under the name "DailyToon________" with the cartoon's submission date in the blank space. 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. Certain collections are based after people, while others have been based on movies, cartoon characters, and video games. 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. Most of them are based on TV shows, mainly sitcoms, anime productions, and kids' shows.

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. The daily collections are generally themed. 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. As such, various other "Clocks" have guested on daily collections, as well as members of the similar "Star Syndicate", who also produce their own type of daily cartoons. 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. These collections are masterminded by Newgrounds user "Coolboyman", better known as "Strawberry Clock", the self proclaimed "King of the Newgrounds Portal" and leader of the infamous Clock Crew. 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!”. Each collection features from four to five animations, typically with each cartoon produced by a single animator.

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. Due to the short timeframe, the majority of the included animations are of poor quality, featuring little (if any) animation and for the most part, speech to voice synthesis used for voices. Some of the experiences in the house for the Lutz family are as follows:. They were written, created, and submitted to Newgrounds within the course of one day. 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”. Daily collections are existed between 2004 and 2005. The instances of paranormal activity were later described as being “in a three-ringed circus”. Currently there are a lot of collaborations based on songs, with each participating author animating one or more line each, because of the huge amount of collabs being started at the same time and spamming the Newgrounds Flash forum some members took it upon themselves to create the website NGCollabs where people with a batting average (average score of their Flash submissions) of lower than 3.00 could start collaborations.

Occurrences were subtle and escalated as time went by. They are also a great way for up-and-coming artists to get in the spotlight with the bigshots. The sensations in the house experienced by the Lutz family did not happen at an accelerated pace instantly. Collaborations are a great way for artists to work together and get to know each other. 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. It began with group works by the Clock Crew and flourished when the Newgrounds Time Trials sparked a more general interest among authors. Instead he told them he felt uncomfortable in that room and would prefer it if nobody spent too much time in that room. Another popular activity on Newgrounds is the collab—various animators, artists and programmers collaborating on a single movie or game.

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. Various flash series submitted exclusively to Newgrounds. 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. His work includes:. 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. These are referred to as Newgrounds Originals. 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. Tom Fulp has submitted several movies and games to Newgrounds.

George only knew of one Catholic priest, named Father Ray, who was also a close friend, who agreed to do the house blessing. The NG chat has spawned many spinoffs, such as #radiogrounds (The radiogrounds.com chat), #ngdrunks for the NGDr0kns (dr0kn.com), #blamclub for the blamclub (ADG/BlamClub Forums) and many other (smaller) user-made channels such as #ngpoker for the NG Late Night Poker Club, #nazigrounds.com, and #minimanjapan.com (minimanjapan.com). Kathy was a non-practising Catholic at the time and explained the process. The NG Chat is accessible via any IRC client by entering the java.webchat.org, area.webchat.org or irc.webmaster.com servers and joining the channel through the irc command: /join #newgrounds.com. 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. You go in, you get insulted and insult back. When a friend of George’s learned of the house he insisted George have the house blessed. The Insult room is somewhat self-explanatory.

They moved in on December 18, 1975. The Hookup room is for any users who wish to "Chat intimately", trade pictures of one another, etc., to deter users from doing so in the main chat. After family discussions, it was agreed that it was not an issue. NG Chat also has two other smaller, less frequented channels: the Hookup room (#nglove) and the Insult room (#ngwar). 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. If an AOL user enters the NG Chat, they are automatically kicked upon entry. Kathy had three children from a previous marriage and a black Labrador named Harry. America Online (AOL) users on Java clients are not allowed into the NG Chat, because their IP Mask changes dynamically when the user begins a new dial-up session, so bans and akicks can't directly affect one person using that ISP (in any geographical region).

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. Many people join and chat about whatever they deem fit. 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. It's accessible via the CHAT button on the navigation bar at Newgrounds.com, or via any IRC client, such as mIRC, IRCle, Firefox's IRC clients, Trillian, etc. He was convicted of second degree murder and is currently serving a life sentence. Newgrounds has its own chat, usually referred to as the NG Chat. 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]. The forums for regular members consist of the General section, the Politics section, the Programming section, the Flash section, the Clubs & Crews section, the Where Is/How To? section, the NG News section (for any and all news posts made by admins), the Network News section (For anything pertaining to the tech aspects of the BBS), the P-Bot's Posts section (for Portal updates from the automated Portal Bot, aka P-Bot), and the recently added Audio forum.

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]. Next to the Flash Portal, the BBS seems to be the most popular part of the site. He also claimed when killing his parents the weapon made no sound when firing it. Site administrator, Wade Fulp, also clears the BBS of spam by deleting accounts that violate rules, a process which he calls 'terminating' or 'axing'. DeFeo also claimed to have seen shadow figures moving about the house during the murders. Thanks to the moderators, it is kept relatively free of spam. 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”. Other forums are private, for use by moderators.

Ronald DeFeo Jr., the only surviving member, claimed that they had been murdered by the mob until he confessed to the murders. Some are reply-only, where you can't start a new topic, but are welcome to read and reply to existing topics. 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. Some are all access, where all users are welcome to read, post and reply. Main Article: Ronald DeFeo, Jr. The BBS (Bulletin Board System) is a very popular forum on the site, which consists of multiple forums. 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.
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Thirteen months earlier the house on 112 Ocean Avenue was the scene of a brutal mass murder. Note: You must have at least 30 reviews that week to win an award that involves calculating the review score as well, such as the Underdog or Review Crew Pick awards. 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. When a movie or game is submitted to the Flash Portal, it has the chance to win any of the following awards:. . . The novel is also the basis of two movies made in 1979 and 2005.
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The Amityville Horror was a best-selling 1977 novel by Jay Anson. On July 6, 2005, Newgrounds celebrated its ten year anniversary. The Amityville Horror (2005 film). The site now has over 900,000 registered members and over 291,000 submissions. The Amityville Horror (1979 film). This system of public voting creates a sense of community in Newgrounds and keeps visitors coming back for more. Later it was theorized that it could have been “Jody”. A user-friendly system of voting and rating produces lists that directs visitors to the most popular flash movies and allows the Newgrounds site designers to easily locate any material that might be considered for deletion or promotion.

When he raced upstairs and to her room there was no sign of this mysterious entity. Visitors are encouraged to review the various submissions that they encounter on the site, as a means of providing other potential visitors with a vague idea of what they can expect from the many flash movies and games to choose from. While checking the boathouse one night, George saw a pair of “red eyes” looking at him from Missy’s bedroom window. Over the years Newgrounds has grown to an incredible size, and with so much material to offer, it must rely on the willing cooperation and support of its many visitors in order to function properly. When he got downstairs the noise would stop. This site allows its users to submit their own Flash movies, games, and music, and view submissions from other users. 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. Tim, Tom's former roommate, also assists in running the site.

Nobody else heard these sounds even though it was loud enough to wake the house. It was created and is currently owned by Tom Fulp, who is assisted by his brother Wade Fulp, and is also helped by liljim, an administrator living in England. He would race downstairs to see the dog sleeping soundly at the front door. Newgrounds is a website that hosts Macromedia Flash animations and games. George would be awoken by the sound of the front door slamming when there was no door slamming. Ben Edelman on 180 Solutions. 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. "Newgrounds and Me".

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. "180 Solutions: Kill The Sleaze Ads". 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. Shroud. The room was referred to as “the red room”. Dr. This did not show up on the blue prints of the house. Burnt Face Man.

Kathy discovered a small hidden crawl space behind shelving in the basement, the walls painted red. Madness Combat. Kathy would feel a sensation as if “being embraced” in a loving manner, by an unseen force. Miss Dynamite. These details were later confirmed when they met with Ronald DeFeo’s defence attorney. YAAFM. Kathy would have vivid nightmares about the murders, and discovered which order the murders occurred and who was shot where. Retarded Animal Babies.

Later it would be learned that it was the estimated time of death with the DeFeo murders. Waterman. George would wake up around 3.15am every morning and then would go out to check the boathouse. College University. They are part of a work of literature alleging supernatural events and have not been independently verified by impartial research. Salad Fingers. This section contains allegations of events that support the contention that the house was actually haunted. Neurotically Yours.

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