The Amityville Horror house was adapted to the live screen, but began as one of the most famous paranormal cases of all time when Ed & Lorraine Warren ↗️ investigated.
Located in the small town of Amityville, Long Island, just outside New York City, this now-famous house is considered the inspiration for the back bone of the horror genre with an origin story you may not have known about.
The story began in November 1974, though the origin may date back much further, when Ronald DeFeo Jr ↗️ murdered his entire family as they slept. The 23 year old shot both his parents to death, then went from room to room and murdered all four of his siblings in the same manor.
DeFeo was given six life sentences and is serving his time in a New York prison. The reason this is relevant is because after the murders, DeFeo stated that he heard voices in the house, instructing him to murder is family.
With DeFeo in jail, the house was empty for over a year until it was purchase by George Lutz and his family, but after just 28 hours their new domicile convinced them to make a swift departure. The family’s claims of supernatural phenomenon and paranormal activity in the Amityville horror house included slime oozing out the walls, knives being thrown off kitchen counters and the recurring image of a pig-like creature with red eyes.
The Lutz family also claimed that they had seen shadowy figures wandering inside when no one was home. George said he once say his wife levitating above the bed and was woken up at 3:15am every morning, which just so happens to be the exact time DeFeo killed his family. Though it’s not clear whether George knew the reported time of the murders when he made the claims.
During these experiences, the Lutz family called in a local priest, but after hearing voices warning him to ”get out”, he promptly left the property and halted any blessing he’d planned to perform.
Almost everyone in the Amityville community heard of the paranormal activity that the Lutz family had reported, but many questioned the authenticity of the reports. The family’s debt further fueled the idea that it was all a publicity stunt to try and get movie or book deals from the hoax.
The Lutz family eventually took a polygraph test to prove their story was legitimate, to which they passed. Daniel Lutz, the boy who experienced 28 nights there, says he still has nightmares about the events of the Amityville horror house.
Ed & Lorraine Warren, who were the world’s best known paranormal investigators at the time were called in when things got bad for the family, though despite the opening sequence of the 2016 Conjuring 2 ↗️ having fingerprints of the events, the Amityville horror story has been widely discredited as a hoax.
In 1979, the story was adapted into a book titled The Amityville Horror and then a movie in 1979 with multiple remakes and whether or not the story was true, its cemented its legacy in the horror and paranormal world.
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