The Anemi HorrorSeptember 23, 2007
JUST A BIT ABOUT 112 OCEAN AVENUE, AMITYVILLE, LONG ISLAND, NY
At around 6:30 on the evening of 13 November, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. burst into Henry’s Bar in Amityville, Long Island, New York and declared: “You got to help me! I think my mother and father are shot.” DeFeo and a small group of people went to 112 Ocean Avenue, which was located not far from the bar, and found that DeFeo’s parents were indeed dead. One of the group, Joe Yeswit, made an emergency call to the Suffolk County Police, who searched the house and found that six members of the same family were dead in their beds.
The victims were Ronald DeFeo, Sr., 43, Louise DeFeo, 42, and four of their children, Dawn, 18, Allison, 13, Marc, 11, and John Matthew, 9. All of the victims had been shot with a .35 caliber lever action Marlin rifle at around three o’clock in the morning of that day. DeFeo’s parents had both been shot twice, while the children had all been killed with single shots. The DeFeo family had occupied 112 Ocean Avenue since purchasing it in 1965.
Ronald DeFeo, Jr. was the eldest son of the family, and was also known as “Butch”. He was taken to the local police station for his own protection after suggesting to police officers at the scene of the crime that the killings had been carried out by a mob hit man named Louis Falini. However, an interview with DeFeo at the station soon exposed serious inconsistencies in his version of events, and the following day he confessed to carrying out the killings himself. He told detectives: “Once I started, I just couldn’t stop. It went so fast.”
DeFeo’s trial began on 14 October, 1975. He and his defense lawyer William Weber mounted an affirmative defense of insanity, with DeFeo claiming that voices in his head had urged him to carry out the killings. DeFeo was a known and admitted user of LSD and heroin and was aware of his actions in committing the murders.
On 21 November, 1975, DeFeo was found guilty on six counts of second- degree murder. On 4 December, 1975, Judge Thomas Stark sentenced Ronald DeFeo, Jr. to six consecutive sentences of 25 years to life.
DeFeo is currently held in Green Haven Correctional Facility, Beekman, New York, and all of his appeals to the parole board to date have been turned down.
Then and now…“Amityville Riverfront Spacious and Gracious Executive Colonial…$90’s.”
112 Ocean Avenue remained empty for thirteen months after the DeFeo murders until December 1975, when George and Kathleen Lutz bought the house for what was considered to be a bargain price of $80,000. Twenty-eight days of Long Island “living” led to scores of books, movies, tales, conspiracies, and, of course, mega-millions of dollars for the Lutz family and countless others. George passed away last year.
Today, the home is occupied by a family that is living there in peace. The front of the home, as well as its number on Ocean Avenue, have been changed and despite the regular visits by the curious and believers in the supernatural, life along Ocean Avenue in Amityville is fairly routine. Sometimes a car will pull up in the middle of the night. A passenger will get out and cut away a piece of grass from the home. Sometimes another car will pass in the middle of a hot, summer afternoon, stop and the occupants will stare. Sometimes a deranged individual may even try to break into the home. But mostly, it is just another house in Amityville with nothing more than a horrific history.
Barbara Cromarty moved into the house after the Lutzes and points to a seemingly undamaged window while appearing on the television show That’s Incredible! Accounts by the Lutzes included stories of these infamous windows styled to compliment the gambrel roof becoming unlocked and unhinged and flapping wildly defying explanation, or documented evidence.
According to a 2006 ad on Ebay, the pair of windows pictured above were used in the set for The Amityville Horror, Amityville: The Possession, and Amityville 3-D. There is no documented evidence this seller’s claim is true, and unquestionably, Ebay is a modern urban legend in it’s own right!
Moral of all of the above? Caveat Emptor, and;
EVERYBODY IS UP TO SOMETHING, heY!
~ anemi easy
*** the little scrap of story “art” at the top is me fooling around with the exterior of the house as it now sits whilst replacing the windows with my favored creepy quarter moons, and actually, were it my house, they would be there today. I would love to know what became of the original windows when the house was renovated. More legend anybody? Cheers!