This house may look innocent to you but unraveling its historical incidents of this beautiful house it may shock your bones literary. Amityville, a true story film that made scientists and religious priests go crazy because of its paranormal behavior and incidents that happen every time. This house is considered to be one of the terrifying places to settle down with or better yet get killed.
In 1974, thirteen months before the Lutz Family moved in, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot and killed six members of his family at 112 Ocean Avenue, a large Dutch Colonialhouse situated in a suburban neighborhood in Amityville, on the south shore of Long Island in New York in the USA. He was convicted of second-degree murder in November 13, 1975.
In December 1975, George and Kathy Lutz and their three children moved into the house. After 28 days, the Lutze’s left the house, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there.
According to a 2000 interview with The History Channel, Kathy Lutz claimed that a tragedy befell every family that lived in the DeFeo’s home. Moreover, Jay Anson’s book suggests that the property is cursed because it had once belonged to John Ketcham, a suspected witch, who had fled Salem, Massachusetts before taking up residence in Amityville.
Among all cases, Amityville became a block buster hit movie although it becameone of the plague hordes for tourists in searching for supernatural phenomenon. In the late 1600s, Amityville was part of Huntington Township. A check of the historical society located in Huntington, a town approximately 13 miles from Amityville, revealed that there were several John Ketcham’s in the area.Because records of this time period are sketchy at best, there was no clear proof that any Ketcham ever resided on or near the property.
The most definitive proof against any John Ketcham’s being a witch came from the Ketcham family’s own extensive research into their genealogy. After careful investigation, they have been able to determine there never was a witch named John Ketcham.
According to deeds and information compiled by the Amityville Historical Society, the Ocean Avenue property had once been farmland belonging to the Irelands, one of Amityville’s most prominent and influential families. On January 14, 1924, Annie Ireland sold the property to John and Catherine Moynahan.
The following year, Amityville builder Jesse Perdy constructed the large Dutch Colonial that still stands there today. While their new home was being built, the Moynahan’s relocated to the old house down the street. When the house was finished, Thefamily of six moved back in and once again enjoyed life by the Amityville Creek.When John and Catherine Moynahan died, their daughter, Eileen Fitzgerald, moved in with her own family. She lived there until October 17, 1960, when John and Mary Riley bought the house. Because of marital problems, the Riley’s divorced and sold the house to the DeFeo’s on June 28, 1965.
The DeFeo’s lived in the house for more than nine years until on November 13, 1974. The years of abuse and turmoil from Big Ronnie came to a head. After the DeFeo’s, the Lutz family moved in and their stay was so short that they did not even make a payment on the $60,000 mortgage they had on the house. On August 30, 1976, the Lutze’s returned the house to Columbia Savings and Loan in September 1977.
Creepy or rather be haunted as many people believe in Amityville has its own criticism and controversy. Much of the controversy surrounding (The Amityville Horror) can be traced back to the way that it has been marketed. One edition of the book has a quote from a review in the Los Angeles Times on the front cover stating:
“A fascinating, frightening book… the scariest true story I have read in years”, while the tagline states: “More hideously frightening than (The Exorcist) because it actually happened!” The reference to The Exorcist is revealing, because the 1973 film had been a box office success and had received generous media coverage. Many of the incidents in the book recall the style of The Exorcist and this is one of the reasons why it has aroused suspicion.
In the afterword of The Amityville Horror, Jay Anson states: “There is simply too much independent corroboration of their narrative to support the speculation that the Lutze’s either imagined or fabricated these events,” but some people remained unconvinced. Almost as soon as the book was published in September 1977, other writers and researchers began looking into the events at 112 Ocean Avenue and the conclusions that they reached were often at odds with those that had appeared in Anson’s book.
Now, would you dare find a house close to Amityville or would you think of building your own?