Amityville House of Horror?
As October rolls along folks, we bring you one of the most popular and disputed ghost stories of the 20th century, The Amityville Horror. Since it first came into the public eye, in author Jay Anson’s The Amityville Horror: A True Story, the tale of the Lutz family’s horrid experience living in Long Island has captivated and terrified people all over the world. Before you ask, their horrid experience in Long Island has nothing to do with velour track suits, or gelled hair, or guys name ‘Sal’ that own BMWs but still live in their moms’ basements; it has to do with a murder, a good real estate deal, and some truly terrifying happenings…that may have not happened at all.
It all started at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York on the morning of November 13th, 1974; where Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his entire family (his parents and younger siblings) for reasons that still aren’t clear almost 40 years later. DeFeo himself has said everything from “voices in my head told me to do it”, to “My sister helped me”, so clearly he’s insane and we’ll probably never know why he did committed the murders. On a side note, screw him for doing it.
In December of the next year, fully aware of the murders but citing that the deal was too good to pass up, George and Kathy Lutz purchased and moved into the DeFeos’ Long Island home with their three kids. Within days, the Lutzes say they started experiencing strange and frightening things. Of their various accounts of the house’s horrors, some that stick out are:
- A priest brought in to bless the home claiming that he heard a voice telling him to “get out”
- George waking up and going out to the boathouse every morning at the exact time the killings had taken place
- Swarms of flies plaguing the house despite it being winter, the Lutz children beginning to sleep on their stomachs (this is how the DeFeos were found)
- Kathy feeling like she was being embraced when no one else was around, she would also have vivid nightmares about the murders
- The house having “cold spots” (common is spirit lore)
- Kathy and George seeing a demon’s image in the fireplace
- George being woken up by the front door slamming, only to rush to it and find it undisturbed
- Locks and doors being found damaged for no apparent reason
- Their daughter developing an imaginary friend which she described as a sort of demonic pig
- Blood oozing from the walls
- George realized that he looked like Ronald DeFeo and beginning to drink at the same bar that DeFeo used to
- Giant cloven hoof-prints being found outside in the snow
After 28 days, and multiple attempts to bless the house, the Lutzes left and moved to a nearby suburb; leaving in such a haste, that they had to have moving men come the next day and get their things for them. The Lutzes claim that the phenomenon followed them to their next home, but their hasn’t been much reported about it. Later, people would claim that the house had been built atop an Indian burial ground, but that has since been disproven.
Since the time the Lutzes moved out, no other family that’s lived at 112 Ocean has reported even the slightest of disturbances. Combined with further denials and inconsistencies in their story (like how their was no snow on the night that the hoof prints were reported, no police ever being called to the house, and one of the priests that blessed the house claiming to have never been there), as well as an associate of the Lutzes flat out claiming he helped make the story up, The Amityville Horror has been dismissed as a hoax by many. However, some paranormal investigators who visited the home claimed to have encountered disturbances and bad energies, and the Lutzes stuck to their story until their deaths, so we have no idea what the truth really is. So ask yourselves folks: did the Lutzes experience a true. haunting? Or did they just capitalize on the truly gruesome event that had occurred in their home the year before? Until something is proven one way or the other; The Amityville Horror remains…an Otherworld Mystery