Amityville mass murders

Amityville mass murders

Emely Hernandez, Editor

Thirty miles outside of New York City, nestled in the Long Island town of Amityville, stands a house on 108 Ocean Avenue forever linked to the Amityville Horror phenomenon.

On November 13, 1974 the estate was the scene of a mass murder. Using a .35 Marlin rifle,  23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and killed his parents, two younger sisters, and two younger brothers. His victims lay sleeping in their beds not knowing what had occurred.

The murderer, Ron DeFeo, who’s still alive and serving six 25-year-life sentences at a New York correctional facility, claimed he heard voices urging him to kill his family. He has since changed his story multiple times.

Thirteen months later, the Lutz Family purchased the 5-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home at a drastically reduced price of $80,000, due to the murders in 1974. They only lasted 28 days before leaving it.

Their terrifying tales of paranormal activity is what propelled the legend of the Amityville Horror, “America’s most haunted house,” and spawned a torrent of books, documentaries, and films.

The Lutz family went through horrific experiences. The stepfather, George Lutz, had a history of dabbling in the occult. Lutz also claimed to wake up at 3:15 A.M. every morning, which was around the time Ron DeFeo carried out his murders.

The Lutz Family claimed to smell strange odors, see green slime oozing out of the walls and keyholes, and experience cold spots in certain areas of the house especially in the playroom of the third floor.

When a priest came to bless the house, he allegedly heard a voice scream “Get out!” He told the Lutzes’ to never sleep in a particular room in the house.

Other paranormal activity included A nearby garage door opening and closing; an invisible spirit knocking a knife down in the kitchen; a pig-like creature with red eyes staring down at George Lutz and his son Daniel from a window; George waking up to wife Kathy levitating off their bed; sons Daniel and Christopher also levitating together in their beds.

The couple were bogged down in legal and financial issues when they finally decided to abandon the house along with their belongings. It prompted skeptics to believe they had motive to create a fantastical story to sell to the public.

The Lutz’s former lawyer William Weber — who fell out with them over money issues — came out in 1979, claiming the three of them came up with the horror story “over many bottles of wine.”

Daniel Lutz (the son), who lives a quiet life in Queens, New York, as a stonemason, claims the house ruined his life and that he continues to have nightmares to this day.

The Amityville House officially sold on February 2017 to an undisclosed owner for $605,000, which was $200,000 less than the original asking price. It had been previously owned by four other families since the murders, one of which had the address changed to 108 Ocean Ave.