|Did something really happen to the Lutz’s to make them tell these stories? Is there a “horror” present in the famous house with the glowing red windows?
On November 14, 1974, police received a frantic phone call that led them to a grisly crime scene at the DeFeo residence in Amityville,
Long Island. An entire family had been slaughtered in their beds.
In the days that followed, Ronald DeFeo confessed to methodically shooting his parents and four siblings while they slept. He claimed "voices" in the house drove him to commit the murders.
One year later, George and Kathy Lutz and their children moved into the house thinking it would be their dream home. But shortly after settling in, bizarre and unexplainable events began to occur – nightmarish visions and haunting voices from an evil presence still lurking within the house. Twenty-eight days after moving in,
the Lutz’s abandoned the home, lucky to escape with their lives.
Now, 30 years after the shocking real life events that inspired one of the most popular horror stories of all time, people are still trying to figure out whether it was true or a hoax.
Some say most likely, the “Amityville Horror” actually is a hoax.
If one stands back and takes a good look at the entire story, the one thing that tends to stand out to any open minded investigator is one simple word… MONEY.
This fact alone should explain the truth behind the entire matter.
The owners of the “Horror” house, were George and Kathy Lutz. They moved into the house at Amityville after its previous owners, the DeFeo's were murdered by their son, Ronald DeFeo.
Not long after this, the Lutz’s claimed that a great “evil, a demonic entity” was present in the house, and that it drove Ronald DeFeo to murder his entire family.
What actually took place, was that in the early hours of the morning on November 13th, 1974, Ronald DeFeo took a high powered rifle and murdered his mother, father, two brothers, and two sisters. Apparently one of his other sisters awoke during the shooting only to be looking down the barrel of the gun and also be gunned down.
Ronald DeFeo's excuses for murdering his family changed practically by the hour.
At first he heard voices, commanding him to kill his family…. then he didn’t.
Then, he told of an alleged Mafia hit directed at the older of his sisters. All of it was directed toward a single purpose. After being arrested he kept continually boasting about how he would plead insanity, and either get off completely, or be released in a few years.
Psychiatrists, however, found that he was suffering an antisocial personality disorder, but was sane and responsible for his actions.
The public was stunned when they heard that DeFoe actually had a list of people who he was going to take revenge on after his release.
It was also noted that Ronald DeFeo kept asking about his inheritance from his murdered family, and how much he'd be getting. It is obvious from this fact that he murdered his parents and family for the money he was hoping to receive from their insurance policies. It’s certainly a sad case, but not the sort of thing that would cause
demons to possess a house.
Ronald DeFeo was sentenced to six consecutive 25 year to life prison terms. He is still in prison to this day, with no immediate hope of pardon or parole. He received nothing from the insurance policies, nor did he receive any other form of inheritance from the estate
of the family he murdered so brutally.
Less than a year later, when the Lutz’s moved in to the house in the summer of 1975.
They knew all about the murders, but decided that it would not present a problem for them and their three children.
After living in the house for only 10 days the Lutz’s suddenly abandoned all their possessions and moved out of their beloved new home. Within days, they went public,
and began telling of horrors that went on in their house that tormented them beyond the realms of their wildest nightmares.
The stories they told included a demonic levitating pig, glowing red eyes that stared at them through the window, ghostly voices that ordered them to "get out!" They stated there was a pit leading directly into Hell in their basement, oozing slime and blood from
the walls, and that they had compulsions to repeat the murders that had happened in the house previously. They complained of infestations of flies, and waking up every night
at the exact same time that the murders took place.
Now, outside the movies, and Stephen King novels, these kind of things simply do not happen. Any competent Paranormal Researcher will state emphatically that the only places that things such as this seem to occur, are in the minds of those who wish these things to happen, for publicity and money, or, in the minds of those who have seen
The Exorcist or other such horror films one too many times.
In 1977, Jay Anson published a book titled "The Amityville Horror - A True Story".
It was such a good story that the public and media took to it instantly. The book was a resounding success, and an instant best seller. It was followed, in 1979, by the Film
“The Amityville Horror”, which was also an instant hit. The story of the Lutz’s, the DeFeo's, and their now “infamous” house was suddenly known to the world.
However, by this time, some discrepancies had begun to turn up in the Lutz’s story.
In fact, they began to change their story fairly often. It became more elaborate and they told of more and more happenings that occurred while they were living in the house.
The Lutz’s also changed the amount of time that they had actually spent there. Somehow, the length of their stay jumped from 10 to 28 days.
One thing that the media and public failed to notice, at the height of the Amityville house's popularity was that actual professional investigators had been through the house and
found nothing unusual or significant about it.
One of those investigators was Dr. Stephen Kaplan who was first to come out with the opinion that the Lutz’s story was a complete fabrication. Other professional investigators noticed, quite by accident, that the Lutz’s were holding contracts for book and a motion picture. They also noticed that the Lutz’s had moved into a much nicer house, in a much more exclusive, and expensive neighborhood. Suddenly, suspicions began to arise concerning the Lutz’s and their horror stories.
Eventually, another family moved in to the house, and they experienced nothing at all out of the ordinary, and couldn't imagine what all the fuss was about. They hated all of the publicity, media attention and the tourists and found them to be more of a nuisance than any ghost, poltergeist or demon.
Eventually, the truth came to light. The Lutz’s were apparently unhappy about living in
a house, after reconsidering the fact that all those murders had been committed there. They also found themselves in the uncomfortable position of having bitten off more than they could chew in the way of mortgage payments. Due, apparently, to both factors,
they decided to abandon the place temporarily, and go to live with a relative for a while
to think their situation over. The relative suggested to them that they could expand on their "bad feelings" and make it into a really good ghost story, which could promptly,
if handled right, be turned into money.
The Lutz’s then met with William Weber seeking more information about the murders
and what went on in the house. Weber, who was about to write his own book about
the murders, had an idea to add the Lutz’s feelings into the story, and discussed doing
this with them. He showed them graphic photographs of the murder scene, the victims and DeFeo… then… gave them all the information they needed about the crime scene.
The stage was set.
Shortly after this meeting, the Lutz’s first went public with their haunting story.
Weber went along with it, at first, because he felt that it would enhance the sales of his own yet unpublished book. Soon, however, he became disillusioned with it all.
The stories began getting wilder and more outlandish with each telling. As the tale became more and more exaggerated, the lawyer backed out of the entire thing. After all, Weber still wanted to write his book on the murders. It was, however, never to be, as the
Lutz’s tale of horror, demons, and the “Gateway to Hell” beat him to it, and completely overshadowed anything factual, or even semi-factual that he could hope to write.
The Amityville house is still standing. A family is living in it, today, and… there are
no poltergeists or ghosts to be found. The house was located at 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, but because of the circus like atmosphere that arose around the rather plain looking structure, the number has been changed. It has been repainted and the windows at the top of the house, which the Lutz’s alleged to glow red, have been replaced with a completely different style. The owners try their best to disguise their home from the tourists, but as long as the motion picture “The Amityville Horror” remains in circulation… for some time to come, most likely nothing will ever stop the tourists
from wanting to have a look at the famous “Horror” house.
Interestingly, the part of the house that is always depicted in photos, is seen on the
jacket of every “Amityville Horror” videotape, and was portrayed on the cover of the book, as evil, glowing eyes, the glowing red windows are actually the side of the house, and not the front. The house was built on the land sideways so you see the side
from the street.
There was a story going around during the filming of The Amityville Horror about changing locations, because the production team was too scared to work in the real Amityville house. For this reason, it is said, that actual filming was done in a house in Tom’s River, New Jersey. The actual cause for the change was that the town of Amityville refused the film company permission to use the house due to the incredible circus of congestion that was being created. Sightseers literally had streets blocked
to impassability. The family who lived in the real house once again started to litigate.
They sued the production company because shots of the real house were used in some
of the film's trailers.
And of course, there are those that say the idea that the Amityville Horror was completely made up by the Lutz’s is false. Stories they told are common in the area around Amityville, and Suffolk County that Amityville is located in. This area is known as the "Devil's Quadrangle." There is a large segment of the population that believe such things. There were really Indian burial grounds in the area, however, the burial grounds were
not under the house.
This information was compiled from numerous stories written about the Amityville Horror.
So you be the judge.
Was this all fact or fiction . . . only those involved really know.