Background information: In December, 1975,
the Lutz family moved into their dream home, a large Dutch colonial at 112 Ocean
Avenue in Amityville, Long Island. They'd managed to buy the property at a
bargain price as it had been on the market for over a year. No one else wanted
it, because of its dark history. This was the house where, 13 months earlier,
Ronald DeFeo Jr. had murdered his entire family, his mother, father, two
brothers, and two sisters, with a 35-Marlin rifle rifle while they laid in their
Knowing that information didn't deter the Lutz family, but they didn't live in
the house long before they began to experience a bizarre chain of terrifying
paranormal events. They fled their new home in terror 28 days later.
Afterward, in conjunction with George and Katy Lutz, Hollywood soap opera
writer, Jay Anson wrote a best-selling story about the haunting, called the
"Amityville Horror," which catapulted the house and its dark history into
eternal fame. A movie, starring Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, and James
Then Dr. Stephen Kaplan, a well-respected Long Island parapsychologist and the
founder of the Parapsychology Institute of America, came into the picture,
conducted some research of his own, and denounced the story as a hoax.
But was it a hoax or was Kaplan also trying to
cash in on the story? And, more importantly, was the house haunted by
some dark force that not only drove the Lutz family out but also possessed Ronald Defeo Jr. and made him kill his family?
I decided to attempt a psychic connection in hopes of finding out.
I'd always thought that the house was
haunted, but that the Lutz story was unbelievable, because too many different
types of supernatural phenomena were reported to have happened in the house
during their stay. The only other comparable case that comes
to mind is the Bell Witch haunting. When rumors that the Amityville
haunting was all just
a hoax circulated, I thought that would be the end of it. But something
called me to return to the case after all of these years, and I've learned that
the truth is not so cut and dry as some would have you believe. In fact, there's
a great division in opinions out there on the subject, and
just what happened in that house during the Lutz stay remains a mystery.
I usually don't attempt to connect to a case where a demonic or evil force could
be involved. If there is a demon or some other type of evil spirit there,
connecting could put me in danger and open me up to it. But true demon
cases are rare. A majority of hauntings are the result of deceased human
spirits, not demons. And I, like many other people, read the books about the
Amityville haunting and about the murders, and I wanted to know the truth.
And so, I decided to take a peek and see for myself, what's in that house. I prayed for protection from evil and began.
Keep in mind that though I know about the case, it
had been over 25 years since I'd read the books on the hauntings, and so the
details were not fresh in my mind before I began my investigation.
I tried to see the house at the time of the supposed hauntings, and I
immediately connected, finding myself inside the house--the first floor.
I'm not sure what room as the image was too hazy, but the walls were white.
I also saw the vague misty images of several spirits roaming the
house--not demons, but deceased humans--in the form of shadow people as I'd
expected. These souls are earth bound, in torment, either not accepting
that they were murdered or are grieving horrendously about it.
I watched the spirits aimlessly move about for a bit and then, to my surprise, I
saw a spirit with red glowing eyes. I couldn't tell you what kind of
body it had as I couldn't make out the shape--only that the body was dark in color
and seemed to meld into the environment, but I got the sense that it was
humanoid in form. I wasn't overly alarmed as spirits can look like
Yes, spirits with red eyes are often thought to be negative
entities. I'm not sure about that though as it didn't inspire fear, and there
weren't other "demonic" signs--such as a foul odor, or strange voice. And I
think these red-eyed spirits that are sometimes seen, require further
investigation and research. They may be nothing more than a physical
manifestation of a very troubled spirit. I've seen many other ghost forms during my life, including shadow people, orbs, and full-bodied
apparitions, but I've never seen a red-eyed spirit either in a vision or outside
of one before, and I've only come across them a few times in true ghost
accounts. I've always been skeptical of such accounts.
I remember that George Lutz mentioned a pig with
red, glowing eyes in the book. Perhaps this is the same spirit--though I
strongly get the feeling that the creature I saw was not a pig. That was one of
the subjects in his account that I'd thought was fictional. I guess not.
Though most of the images were difficult to make out as shadow people typically
are, I repeatedly saw the manifestation of a young girl with dark hair, sitting
with her head in her lap, and crying piteously. She wore what looked like a dress. As the images shifted, I saw her in
several areas of the house--in what I believe was a bedroom, on the main
staircase, and elsewhere. Each time, she was in the same position and crying. I
saw her clearly as if I was looking at a person before me, but I never saw her face.
At the time,
I didn't remember what the victims looked like, and I later, looked up the
photos of the DeFeo girls, and I'm certain she was one of them. But I'm not sure
which one as they looked much alike and both have beautiful dark
When I asked if there's something evil there, I continued to see the spirits
moving about and then something alarming came into view, a woman with
blue black, wavy hair of a style typical of the time. Her skin was so fair that it
seemed white--like something you'd see in modern "Goth" artwork. She wore a
clinging pale gown, or maybe it was
even a slip. And I saw her face from the front, up close, as if she were
standing in front of me and looking at me, and the horrifying thing was that a
short, red, glowing snake was coming straight out of the dark circle of her right eye.
My heart began to race.
Snakes are often seen as symbols representing evil. The Christian bible uses the
symbol of the serpent in the Garden of Eden to represent Satan. Some would
argue that the serpent also has a positive meaning, representing strength,
protection, and even the universal life force. That's true, however, you have to
take a symbol in the context in which it is displayed, and this serpent was not
presented in a positive way. In fact, it gave me bad vibes. I
believed this snake represented danger and possibly evil.
The vision scared me so much that I tried to break the connection, but was
unsuccessful, and I continued to see the shadowy images of people and the woman
until the woman finally disappeared. Once she was gone, I calmed
down a bit and decided to look a bit longer.
I asked where this evil is in the house, and was repeatedly shown the main
staircase. I don't know why. As I studied the staircase, looking for some
kind of clue or explanation, my fear was rising again. Was I supposed to go
up the stairs? I only knew that I wanted to stop.
When I was
finally able to break the connection, I felt so relieved.
I connected very briefly two other times a couple of days later, during the research
phase. I didn't try to connect, the visions started on their own, which happens
occasionally, but usually only when a spirit wants to give me a message. In
them, I saw Ronald Jr. kill Dawn and Allison. I describe these psychic
impressions in sections below.
Post Research and Conclusion:
What does this all mean? It tells me that the house was haunted when the
Lutz family lived there. But one fact doesn't necessarily refute another. Just because
the house was haunted doesn't mean that the Lutz family didn't move in with the
hope of perpetuating a hoax and profiting off of the story. It does tell me that
at least some of what they said appears to be true.
I don't know who the woman with the snake eye was.
Her physical description doesn't match that of the DeFeo mother, who was blonde
and much older. The woman looked more like the girls, and had the same lovely
dark hair, but she was maybe in her late 20s or 30s. Was this, in fact, one of
the girls, perhaps the same weeping girl I'd seen earlier in my vision, wanting
to appear older? I don't know. I do know that ghosts can appear at a different
age than what they were when they died. Perhaps this girl grieves because her
life was taken from her, and she will never grow into that beautiful lady
she envisioned herself becoming.
The short, red snake may represent that her life was cut short due to another's evil act.
It's also important to note that the color red stood out in this vision. The
snake was red, and I saw another spirit with red glowing eyes. My visions are
ordinarily in black and white so if I notice a color, it has significance. But
again, there's duplicity of meaning here. Red can represent strong emotions such
as passion, love, hatred, ire, and excitement, but it can also represent
energy, speed, strength, danger, evil, and power. Red is also an attention
getter. So perhaps again, I was given a warning that danger was near, or, as I'm
more inclined to believe, the girl with the dark hair wanted me to know how much she
grieves for the precious possessions that she lost--her life, her hopes, her
I do believe that this girl was the dominant spirit in my vision, the entity
that I connected to, and the world
that I was seeing was hers, her hell.
As for demons, despite the red-eyed spirit I saw, I'm not convinced that there
were demonic forces in that house. Again, I believe that demons are rare. I do
believe there was strong negative energy in the house when the Lutz family lived
there that stemmed from the murders.
As for the other mysteries surrounding this case, I decided to break it down into various sections,
covering the most debated topics.
Mysteries Surrounding the Amityville House
The Defeo Murders:
There are many questions about the murders. Why were the victims lying on their
stomachs? Why didn't anyone hear anything that night? Who was the mystery
body in the basement? And what is the significance of the bloody shoe? And most
of the all, was Ronald DeFeo possessed or influenced by a satanic force? Most of
these questions can be answered without psychic research, by looking at the
facts and using a bit of logic.
Ronald DeFeo Possessed?
I had read the Hans Holzer book on the murders years ago, which includes
snippets of an interview with Ronald Defeo, and I always thought that
Ronald DeFeo's statements and falsely concluded that Defeo was possessed at the
time of the murders. Even if DeFeo had clearly stated that he was
possessed, he has changed his story so many
times that we absolutely can't believe anything he says. Killers often say they
didn't do it, someone else did it, or fake madness--especially sociopaths who
can't take responsibility for their own actions. Ronald, is even now
trying to claim that he didn't kill his family and that his sister Dawn and a
friend is responsible. But he's doing
this only in hopes of getting out of prison someday.
Let's hope they never let this killer out of prison!
I fully believe the police got the right person. No one else was involved.
I do believe someone else knew about it though--one of Ronald's friends. I
sense that Ronald mentioned his plans to this friend on more than one occasion. But
perhaps the friend thought that Ronald was just blowing steam, that he didn't really
mean it. How could one really mean something so awful? I feel that this
friend, even today, feels immense guilt that he didn't do anything to try and stop it.
But in truth, it was out of his hands. There was nothing he could do.
But was a dark force involved?
Was Ronald DeFeo possessed when he killed his parents? No. He was merely a
greedy, sociopath, and a drug addict to boot and
hoped to collect on his parent's $200,00 life insurance policy. There was also
some very deep
unhappiness within the family and many articles have mentioned that Ronald DeFeo
Senior was often harsh to the boy throughout his childhood. Yet,
became a major
discipline problem, even getting kicked out of school, the DeFeo family took a
different turn and spoiled him. They had given him money and a car, and a salary,
but he kept wanting more--needed more to support his heroin habit. He and a
friend even went so far as to stage a phony holdup while Ronald was transporting
some cash and checks to the bank from his grandfather's Buick
dealership about a week before the murders.
A big fight
ensued between Ronald and his father. There had been numerous other fights in
the family as
well, and a night or two before the murders, DeFeo and his father had gotten
into a fist fight
in the family's basement over the phony hold up. This fight probably triggered
He had come close to murder before. During a fight between Robert Senior and Louise, Ronald Jr. had interrupted them by sticking a rifle in his
father's face. He pulled the trigger with the intent to kill his father, but the
gun didn't go off.
Was someone else involved in the killings?
I only saw Ronald in my vision. I
think it's a shame that theories abound about Dawn being involved. In a
way, this makes her a victim a second time around. I sense that she did have
some angst for her parents, especially her father, and sometimes she might have
expressed that to Ronald Jr., but she was never serious about hurting anyone and
was, in no way, involved in his murder spree.
Why didn't anyone hear anything that night?
I don't know. I believe some of the family members
did awaken hearing the shots. As for neighbors, 3:15 is about the time one is in
the deepest mode of sleep.
The Bloody Shoe:
There's a lot of talk circulating the net about a photo of a bloody shoe. To see this photo
for yourself, click here.
Some believe that this shoe proves that the DeFeo
family were up and about during the time of the murders--that the victims were
on foot and bled throughout the house. A crime scene investigator later said
there was blood in various areas of the house.
And, in fact, the solution to this mystery is simple and requires no
investigation. I believe that the shoe was in the laundry area of the basement and Ronald DeFeo himself got
blood on it after the killings.
the transcripts, he tidied up, had a bath, even trimmed his beard, and changed into clean clothes
after the murders. I believe he went to the basement laundry room to get
some clothes or possibly even some rags for the cleanup. In fact, he even lost one of the clothing
articles on the basement stairs--see this crime scene photo. At any rate, for whatever
reason, he went to the basement and the blood dripped from his gun or his clothes,
or even his person,
onto the shoe. If you look at the crime scene evidence that he tossed into
sewer on Sea View Avenue in Brooklyn, you'll find that the holster and
other items he used that night were covered with blood.
There has also been some mention on various websites that the picture was not
taken in the
DeFeo home because the baseboards were not consistent with those in other areas
of the house. The house was built in 1924, and anyone who has ever lived
in an old house knows that the baseboards are often inconsistent from room to
room or floor to floor. They didn't make things standardized back then. Besides,
the originals would often be replaced for renovation purposes.
As for the blood in other areas of the house. Again, blood
dripped through the house from DeFeo as he did his dirty deeds. I guarantee you
that none of the victims moved much after receiving shots like that, and one has
only to look at the crime scene photos to see that they did, in fact, die in
their beds. The pools of blood on the mattresses beneath each victim is
The Mystery Body in the Basement:
In a nutshell, Rick Osuna, author of The Night the DeFeos Died, went
through the DeFeo
crime scene photos at the Suffolk County Police Department and found a negative of a deceased girl lying on a bed in what
appeared to be the DeFeo
basement. That was quite odd because no one had been murdered there. All of the family members died on the second floor,
Dawn, who was on the third floor.
Osuna sent the photos to Christopher Berry Dee,
a renown criminologist in the UK,
that the photo was taken in the DeFeo basement by matching the
wood pattern on the paneled walls and by the arrangement and style of the heating vents next to
the bed. The
match was perfect. So at least that mystery is solved. There is no doubt that this photo was taken in the DeFeo
how did the body get there and who is it?
Click here if you'd like to see the photo, but be warned, it's graphic in
nature and may
upset some people.
The photo clearly reveals that the victim is the youngest DeFeo girl, Allison.
And I think there's only one possible explanation for this mystery. If you look
at the crime scene photos, you'll notice that many of them are low quality. Some
harbor accidental double exposures, and some are overexposed, including the one
of Allison in her second floor bedroom. I believe that after the photos
were developed, someone decided that they needed another crime scene photo of Allison, and so the police secretly took her body back to
the house and
shot some photos of her again. Only either someone erred and put her body in the
bed in the
basement or it wasn't possible to put her back in her own bed on the second
the mattress had been ripped apart for evidence, or maybe because they didn't
contaminate the crime scene. At any rate, they already had plenty of evidence to
Ronald DeFeo and plenty of other pictures of Allison so perhaps taking the photo
of Allison wasn't too high on their priority list. Sloppy police work? Yes. A
conspiracy of some kind? Probably not.
Another fact that substantiates this hypothesis is that there is a rumor that
the police took a large
black garbage bag into the house the day after the murders. Something was transported in.
I'd wager that it was Allison's body.
Why are all of the victims lying on their stomachs,
and why didn't anyone run or put up a fight?
I've thought and thought about this and the only logical explanation is that DeFeo woke each person up, one by one, and
told them to turn over at gunpoint. He likely did this so that he wouldn't have
to see their faces when he shot them.
Toxicology reports have shown that the
family wasn't drugged, and yet the police said that the family slept
during the murder spree, but how could they possibly know that? Yes, there were no signs of
which is strange. You'd think that someone would have at least fought back,
especially big Ronnie, but then again, a gun to the head can make one compliant.
And they were all awoken from the deepest phase of sleep and were probably too groggy to think much at all.
I strongly sense that big Ronnie did attempt to overtake Ronald Jr. that night
but turned over on his stomach after Ronald threatened him. I also think that at
least two other people were awake for some time before their murders that night--Dawn and Allison. I
believe that Allison awoke hearing shots, and yet, she laid there in terror, too
afraid to move. I
believe she saw Ronald when he came to the doorway with the shotgun, and she
head in her pillow, waiting for the inevitable. I saw this during a vision when I was
researching the "Demon Boy" photo. See below.
I believe that Dawn awoke too, probably early on, when Ronald shot his parents.
She tried to hide, either in the closet or under the bed, but he quickly found
her and forced her to lie on the bed and then shot her after she did. Why do I believe this? I saw this in a
vision when I was researching the case. Though I didn't hear any exchange of
words, I assume that he told her to lie on her stomach.
The House and the Lutz Family:
Was the infamous house in Amityville haunted
when the Lutz family lived there?
Of course. The DeFeo family were brutally murdered there and by their own close relative, someone they loved. They could not rest peacefully after that. And from
what I saw in my vision, I'm certain that there was much more in that house
than a bit of negative residue.
Why haven't recent owners seen anything strange?
They either have and are keeping quiet about
it--after all, they're overrun with curiosity seekers as is, they certainly
wouldn't want to draw more attention to the house by admitting to supernatural
happenings. Or, they aren't receptive. Some people can't see, hear,
or perceive spirits in any way just as color blind people can't see the color green.
And sometimes a receptive person will serve as a catalyst that fuels a
through no fault of their own, making spiritual activity much more intense. I think
that was the case with the Lutz family. I believe that one or more of the
people in that family had strong psychic ability.
It's also important to remember that the Lutz family were the first people to
live in the house and shortly after the murders. That would have been
quite a shock to spirits that haven't accepted their deaths. Perhaps the
spirits have calmed down since then.
What is the significance of the red room?
At first, I thought it was just a space under the basement stairs--a lot of
houses have spaces like that. There's nothing sinister about it. But after
giving the matter more thought and reading a bit about the history of the
location, I believe I've solved this mystery. The first owner of the house
owned another house on the location, a small cottage, which his growing family
rapidly outgrew. He had the cottage moved (two blocks down the street) and
built a new house on the spot. The new house was probably built, in part,
on the existing foundation. Thus, the Red Room is mere a remnant of the
Why was it painted red? Who knows?
Maybe there was
a sale on red paint, maybe someone just liked the color, maybe the paint was
left over from
some other project. Red is a color that has gone in and out of style many times,
and it was popular during the early 70s.
Look at the crime scene photos, and you'll see that a lot of things in the house
were red. I don't see a
supernatural connection, and I picked up nothing about the "red room" during my psychic
Was the Lutz story just a hoax?
No, I don't believe it was
a hoax. Without a doubt, some of the happenings in the movie and book are
fiction. But after my psychic investigation, I believe the house was
haunted when the Lutz family lived there, and I believe that the spirits
Some people don't realize that George Lutz
publicly claimed that a lot of information in the film and bestselling book wasn't true to begin with.
In a recent interview (before he died in May 2006) George said that the house
changed him and had a negative effect on his thinking--that the house actually
changed the way he thought as if he was a different person. He said his wife
drastically changed too. I believe that his statements rang true. Any
environment has an effect on one's thinking, but throw in six brutal murders,
and it's easy to see how someone who's psychically receptive could pick up on
the negative energy.
What's more, most of the experiences the Lutz family had there were ordinary
things that happen in haunted houses--being touched by unseen hands, seeing shadow people,
and other strange sounds, hearing footsteps on the stairs, and doors and windows opening by
If it all seemed much worse than ordinary, that's because it was as six of the
spirits were brutally murdered.
Still, all of that being said, that's not to say that the Lutz's didn't hope to
profit off the story and "invented" some things, and may have even purchased the
house for that purpose, knowing that the murders took place there. Only George and Kathy Lutz
will ever know for sure. Both of them are now deceased, but they swore up to the end that their story is
true. If they did move in solely to perpetuate a hoax as some believe, it must have been quite a shock for the
Lutz family to find that the house
Besides the murder victims, are there other spirits
Yes. I don't know who they are, but I think they're innocuous spirits,
possibly the first owner and his wife (No, I don't think they influenced DeFeo).
And I don't think there they were involved in witchcraft or Satanism--I
encountered this theory online. And
there are no American Indian spirits there, and the house wasn't built on an ancient
Indian burial ground. The Warrens made this claim when they conducted a
psychic investigation in 1976, and I completely disagree with their conclusion. I don't think there
are demons either. Learning the identity of the other spirits would
require further investigation, and, at this time, I don't wish to connect
to the house again, because of the negativity I felt during my
Mrs. Lutz Sudden Aging?:
I read George's recent interview and he talked about how his wife suddenly aged
and said it was even noticeable to her mother.
I'm afraid the answer to that is simple. She was the right age for peri-menopause--for
some women this starts in their late 20s--and a lot of
ladies age overnight when estrogen suddenly takes a dive.
Did Mrs. Lutz really levitate?
I'm skeptical about that, but it did happen in
the Bell Witch case. So it's possible.
Were there flies in the house in the winter?
Possibly. They could be attached to one of the unhappy
spirits in the house.
Did blood and green slime trickle down the walls?
I'm skeptical about that.
George claimed that some of the spirits followed
him to California.
That is a possibility. I've encountered cases where a spirit will even follow someone
home from a cemetery.
Sometimes, they attach to certain people, because
that person is receptive, and they want to communicate with that person or be
near that person. Often, if asked to leave, they will.
What about the Ghost Boy?
Click here to see a photo of the supposed "Ghost boy." This picture was taken in
the house during the Warren investigation after the Lutz family fled. I don't think it's a demon at all, and if the photo is
genuine, it looks more like the spirit of one of the DeFeo boys. I took a
quick psychic peak, and asked who this boy is, and, strangely, I saw Allison, lying in
her bed. Defoe stood in the doorway with the rifle, aimed and fired.
Her head moved a bit to the side and then back in the original position. Does
this mean that the demon boy is actually Allison? I don't
know what to make of it.
This doesn't look like any typical ghost photo I've ever seen. The eyes don't
usually look like that, which makes me wonder if it's a fake.
A real horror occurred at 112 Ocean Avenue in 1974 that was scarier than any
fiction ever written. Six innocent people
lost their lives at the hands of a madman. Was Defeo influenced by a
powerful demon or a negative spirit? It's more likely that he was
influenced by the mighty dollar bill. Drug addictions are expensive, and when
you don't have a conscience, anything goes.
George Lutz and his family moved into the house on Ocean Avenue and fled with
the claim that it was haunted. Of course, it is haunted, but only George
and Kathy Lutz will ever know if their initial motive in moving in was making money.
At any rate, whatever happened beneath that infamous
gambrel roof, the house is determined to keep at least some of its secrets for
the time being, and perhaps after all it has witnessed through the many years of
its existence, that is its right.
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Amityville House is currently occupied by people who value their privacy
like you do.
This website does NOT condone visits to the house or property, and we ask
everyone to please respect the privacy of the current owners. The
Amityville Police Department also patrols the neighborhood and discourages
visitors to the quiet community.
UPDATE: It's a little
early for an update, but a few strange things have happened since I wrote this
article and began my research. I'm beginning to wonder if I should have
undertaken this investigation. I'm plagued with images of the victims
every time I close my eyes. I strongly feel that one of the victims is
trying to contact me--one of the girls. I have nightmares about the
victims through the night, which often wakes me up. After one such
torturous night, I awoke in the morning smelling blood and there was no source
for it. Immediately after I finished this article, something stood
behind me and tapped me on the shoulder. I have resident ghosts in my
home--not murder victims, but innocuous ghosts that died of natural causes,
and sometimes they do reach out. Hopefully, this tap on the shoulder was
just one of them, trying to get my attention and saying: "Hey, don't forget
me." I pray that I didn't call one of the Amityville spirits to me by
conducting my investigation. It didn't occur to me until last night that
George and Kathy said that at least one of the spirits followed them to
California. Now that they're deceased, the spirit could be looking for someone
else to attach to. I probably wouldn't have conducted my investigation
if I'd thought of that beforehand. I awoke today, however, feeling that
whatever it is is gone--so hopefully, that's the end of it. Still, I
can't shake the feeling that one of them wants to tell me something.
UPDATE:Two years have passed since I did this investigation, and I'm happy to report that whatever negative energy I'd connected to in this case is no longer bothering me. I'm still attracted to the case, and I think about it sometimes, but I feel that any negative energy that came into my house is now gone. After I shut the door, it must have given up and went away.
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There are a few incorrect facts in this article, for instance, it says that Dawn
and Allison shared a room, which is not true, but it's still a good read and
gives some insight into the dynamics of the DeFeo family..
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