De Feo Crime Scene Photo

The Amityville Horror, or Amityville Hoax as it came to be known once the actual facts about the case were discovered, is a book (as well as a series of films) based upon the alleged paranormal experiences of the Lutz family, George and Kathy and their three young children, while living at 112 Ocean Drive from December 1975 through January 1976, a big Dutch Colonial where six members of the De Feo family were slain in November 1974 by Ronnie De Feo.

To this day, controversy surrounds this unproven story and the Lutzes went to their graves (Kathy in Wikipedia, a source that many would claim to be unreliable but which I have found to be accurate than a lot of sites written by experts, here are some of the incidents that occurred:

2004 and George in 2006) maintaining that the events as reported were ‘mostly true’. According to


  • George would wake up around 3:15 every morning and would go out to check the boathouse. Later he would learn that this was the estimated time of the DeFeo killings.
  • The house was plagued by swarms of flies despite the winter weather.
  • Kathy had vivid nightmares about the murders and discovered the order in which they occurred and the rooms where they took place. The Lutz children also began sleeping on their stomachs, in the same way that the dead bodies in the DeFeo murders had been found.
  • Kathy would feel a sensation as if “being embraced” in a loving manner, by an unseen force.
  • George discovered a small hidden room (around four feet by five feet) behind shelving in the basement. The walls were painted red and the room did not appear in the blueprints of the house. The room came to be known as “The Red Room.” This room had a profound effect on their dog Harry, who refused to go near it and cowered as if sensing something ominous.

  • While tending to the fire, George and Kathy saw the image of a demon with half his head blown out. It was burned into the soot in the back of the fireplace.
  • The Lutzes’ 5-year-old daughter, Missy, developed an imaginary friend named “Jodie,” a demonic pig-like creature with glowing red eyes.
  • In the early morning hours of Christmas Day 1975, George looked up at the house after checking on the boathouse and saw the pig standing behind Missy at her bedroom window. When he ran up to her room he found her fast asleep with her small rocking chair slowly rocking back and forth.
  • When closing Missy’s window, which Missy said Jodie climbed out of, Kathy saw red eyes glowing at her.
  • While in bed, Kathy received red welts on her chest caused by an unseen force and was levitated two feet in the air.
  • Cloven hoofprints attributed to an enormous pig appeared in the snow outside the house January 1, 1976.
  • Green gelatin-like slime oozed from walls in the hall, and also from the keyhole of the playroom door in the attic.
  • George saw Kathy transform into an old woman of 90, “the hair wild, a shocking white, the face a mass of wrinkles and ugly lines, and saliva dripping from the toothless mouth.”


As a skeptic of all things paranormal, I do not at all believe that the Amityville Horror was true. I do believe that it was, as De Feo’s lawyer has admitted, a fabricated story to get Ronnie out of jail on an insanity defense and to make money for all those involved in it – these being William Weber and the Lutzes and it appears that this plan backfired, particularly where the Lutzes are concerned.

The famous demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated the house and proclaimed it to be ‘infested with demons’, their usual declaration after becoming involved in an alleged haunting. A notorious photo of an apparent ‘ghost child’ with glowing eyes has since been explained away as one of the Warrens’ investigators, Paul Bartz, who has confessed himself that the photo could be of him.

Apparently, the actors who portrayed the Lutzes in the awful remake of the original film, Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George, actually believe that The Amityville Horror is factual. Margot Kidder and James Brolin did not though other sources state that they were ‘harassed by spirits’. Based upon my research and my own opinion, it is one of the biggest and most successful hoaxes of the century.


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