Real World Horror: The Amityville Horror

Many people have watched the 1979 film “The Amityville Horroror even read the book that the film was based on. Only the minority of all these people who had sleepless nights after watching or reading this paranormal horrific story, know what really happened.


112 Blood Ocean Ave

On November 13, 1974 during a quite Wednesday evening Ronald DeFeo Jr (AKA “Butch”) stormed into the local bar of Amityville in Long Island and desperately asked the patrons for help. They had to follow him to his family’s house on 112 Ocean Ave, where his parents are now laying dead in their bed. He claimed that that’s how he found them when he entered their room earlier. The worried neighbors confirmed that Ronald’s parents were dead by gun shots. They immediately called the police and after a thorough search in the house they encountered four more bodies that belonged to the members of the rest of the family. The victims of this massacre were Butch’s parents, Ronald DeFeo, Sr. (43), Louise DeFeo (42), along with his four younger siblings Dawn (18), Allison (13), Marc (12), and John Matthew (9), all of them shot with a rifle.

                                       The 911 Phone call

Operator:This is Suffolk County Police. May I help you?”

Man: “We have a shooting here. Uh, DeFeo.”


Operator: “Sir, what is your name?”

Man: “Joey Yeswit.”

Operator: “Can you spell that?”

Man: “Yeah. Y-E-S W I T.”

Operator: “Y-E-S . .

Man: “Y-E-S-W-I-T.”

Operator: “. . . W-I-T. Your phone number?”

Man: “I don’t even know if it’s here. There’s, uh, I don’t have a phone number here.”

Operator: “Okay, where you calling from?”

Man: “It’s in Amityville. Call up the Amityville Police, and it’s right off, uh . . . Ocean Avenue in Amityville.”

Operator: “Austin?”

Man: “Ocean Avenue. What the … ?”

Operator: “Ocean … Avenue? Offa where?”

Man: “It’s right off Merrick Road. Ocean Avenue.”

Operator: “Merrick Road. What’s … what’s the problem, Sir?”

Man: “It’s a shooting!”

Operator: “There’s a shooting. Anybody hurt?”

Man: “Hah?”

Operator: “Anybody hurt?”

Man: “Yeah, it’s uh, uh everybody’s dead.”

Operator: “Whattaya mean, everybody’s dead?”

Man: “I don’t know what happened. Kid come running in the bar. He says everybody in the family was killed, and we came down here.”

imageOperator: “Hold on a second, Sir.”  

(Police Officer now takes over call)

Police Officer: “Hello.”

Man: “Hello.”

Police Officer: “What’s your name?”

Man: “My name is Joe Yeswit.”

Police Officer: “George Edwards?”

Man: “Joe Yeswit.”

Police Officer: “How do you spell it?”

Man: “What? I just … How many times do I have to tell you? Y-E-S-W-I-T.”

Police Officer: “Where’re you at?”

Man: “I’m on Ocean Avenue.

Police Officer: “What number?”

Man: “I don’t have a number here. There’s no number on the phone. “

Police Officer: “What number on the house?”

Man: “I don’t even know that.”

Police Officer: “Where’re you at? Ocean Avenue and what?”

Man: “In Amityville. Call up the Amityville Police and have someone come down here. They know the family.”

Police Officer: “Amityville.”

Man: “Yeah, Amityville.”

Police Officer: “Okay. Now, tell me what’s wrong.”

Man: “I don’t know. Guy come running in the bar. Guy come running in the bar and said there his mother and father are shot. We ran down to his house and everybody in the house is shot. I don’t know how long, you know. So, uh . . .”

Police Officer: “Uh, what’s the add … what’s the address of the house?”

Man: “Uh, hold on. Let me go look up the number. All right. Hold on. One-twelve Ocean Avenue, Amityville.”

Police Officer: “Is that Amityville or North Amityville?”

Man: “Amityville. Right on … south of Merrick Road.”

Police Officer: “Is it right in the village limits?”

Man: “It’s in the village limits, yeah.”

Police Officer: “Eh, okay, what’s your phone number?”

Man: “I don’t even have one. There’s no number on the phone. “

Police Officer: “All right, where’re you calling from? Public phone?”

Man: “No, I’m calling right from the house, because I don’t see a number on the phone.”

Police Officer: “You’re at the house itself?”

Man: “Yeah.”

Police Officer: “How many bodies are there?”

Man: “I think, uh, I don’t know uh, I think they said four.”

Police Officer: “There’s four?”

Man: “Yeah.”

Police Officer: “All right, you stay right there at the house, and I’ll call the Amityville Village P.D., and they’ll come down.”

DeFeo JR

Ronald DeFeo Jr


  “I just couldn’t stop!”

Ronald DeFeo Jr claimed that a mob hit man was behind the murders. The police initially believed Butch’s story but soon enough they realized that the kid was lying. He later confessed of committing the killings himself, and continued by stating to the detectives that once he started, he just couldn’t stop. He admitted that he had taken a bath and redressed, and detailed where he had discarded crucial evidence such as blood-stained clothes and the rifle before arriving to work as usual. DeFeo was an abuser of heroin and LSD, he had antisocial personality disorder and claimed that he had to kill his family because he had heard them planning his murder and tried to protect himself. He is currently serving life without parole.

Profit seekers

A year later George and Kathy Lutz with their three children moved into the 112 Ocean Avenue house where the DeFeo family was tragically murdered. After 28 days, the Lutzes left the house, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there.

The Lutzes in collaboration with DeFeo Jr’s lawyer, William Weber, ended up helping Jay Anson  write a book unveiling all these paranormal activities that they have witnessed in the house. And the profit began…

The truth behind “The Amityville Horror was finally revealed when William Weber, admitted that he, along with the Lutzes, “created this horror story over many bottles of wine.” The house was never really haunted and the horrific experiences they had claimed were simply made up. A handful of “paranormal experts” who allegedly verified the fictional tale lost their “jobs” shortly after the revelation. Weber had planned to use the haunting to gain a new trial for his client. George Lutz still claims that the events are mostly true, but has offered no evidence to back up his claim.


The poster from the 1979 movie



Now you know

The murders really happened back in 1974 and later the “smart” Lutz family saw a great opportunity to make some extra $$$ ! Many people will still watch the film and perhaps read the book in the future. Why not? After all, people need some “true lies” in their life…






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