Many people still wonder… was Amityville Horror a hoax or not? Well, the following facts and true accounts will give you an opportunity to come up with your own verdict and version of the truth.
Our research took us back to the 70’s when America’s bestselling horror story began…
#1 – The real horror took place one cold February night at around 3 A.M. (the infamous “witching hour”…) way back in 1974 in a house located at 112 Ocean Ave. That’s in Long Island, NY.
The DeFeo’s were unfortunate (sorry to say…) to have Butch as a son. Evidence produced in court by the prosecution led by Gerald Sullivan proved that Ronald DeFeo Jr. killed his entire family in cold blood and was found guilty for all 6 murders.
#2 – In 1976 the Lutz family moves in and only live in the house for 28 days. They bought the 6-bedroom property for only $80, 000 since nobody wanted to live in a house where all those people died.
I bet you wouldn’t either, but George and Kathy sold their individual homes and decided to pool their finances and move in together as a family in this big Dutch colonial home.
#3 – The Lutz family were perfectly aware of what had happened in that house and the reason why they were able to get the house at such a price.
#4 – The Lutz family (well, George…), call Butch’s state appointed attorney William Weber and tell him about the supernatural disturbances going on around their home and wonder if he could use that to help his case.
Weber begins to build his defense around a plea for insanity to help his client Butch escape the hangman’s noose.
Of course Sullivan tears through this weak defense and gets a conviction, sending a cold killer to jail for 6 lifetimes.
George pitches a book idea based on the horror stories experienced by the Lutz family. Weber brushes it off.
#5 – George Lutz approaches Jay Anson who agrees to write the story into a novel. The book goes on to sell over 6 million copies but the Lutz family only lands $300, 000 from the whole deal.
Both the Lutz family and Anson get huge media attention.
#6 – New York’s Local TV station reporter Laura Didio holds a slumber party for big psychic names including the Warrens; you know, the Ed and Lorraine Warren ghost busting couple…
Other big names include paranormal studies professor, Hans Holzer. All the psychics and the good professor confirm the presence of “Unnatural spirits” roaming the Amityville house.
#7 – None of the subsequent residents of this house have reported any supernatural occurrences.
#8 – Someone or some people really made and continue to rake in a fortune from this single story.
Unproven Facts: Highly Disputed
#1 – The Lutz family reports paranormal activity inside the Amityville house during their short and extremely troubled stay. This is the beginning of the whole Amityville horror story that spawns into books and…
#2 – Swarms of insects covering their windows, green goo falling from the ceiling, levitating sleeping bodies, and so many other small events.
#3 – A priest brought in to pray for the house and ward off evil spirits, Father Pecoraro, is slapped by an unseen entity and ordered to leave the house.
He also starts to bleed through his palms. Sounds more like a movie scene…
#4 – Lorraine, a self-proclaimed light trance medium says there’s an angry Indian spirit haunting the 112 Ocean Avenue house since it was supposedly built on an “Indian graveyard”.
This is where everything becomes confusing…how can such vivid and “true” horrible accounts of a tormented family, as told by Anson in his 1977 publication be a lie?
No believer of the Amityville horror story wants to hear this but there are just too many missing links.
Everyone involved in the creation of this fascinating horror story/book/movie/almost occult following, have all come out and said that it was all a lie.
Although George still holds on to his story and claims everything was absolutely true, Anson contradicts this by saying he might have sprinkled a pinch of salt in his book to make it juicy for his readers.
Weber is on record saying that they (together with George who controlled much of what went into the novel by the way…) totally made up the Lutz haunting story over a few bottles of wines.
Of course now we know what inspired all that wild imagination…
They could easily have made everything up since it’s obvious they all, including Weber, had financial gain as a very strong motive.
Rumors have it that the first book deal between the Lutz family and Weber fell apart when the lawyer tried to include Butch as a beneficiary to the perks made from the sales.
Apparently the Lutz family felt it was not right that a killer was going to make money out of such grim atrocities. All in all, everything seems to be driven by financial gain.
If the Amityville horror story is proven to be a lie, what becomes of the big names that confirmed the presence of ghosts inside the Amityville house?
I mean, their reputation and everything they stand for definitely takes a nose-dive right?
Although it could be true that the house is haunted, did an evil spirit possess Butch driving him to kill his family?
Were the Lutz family haunted by the massacred DeFeo’s and forced out of their dream home? Was Amityville horror a hoax?
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