George and Kathy Lutz: victims of supernatural horror, or common swindlers?

THE MOST FAMOUS and horrific ghost story of the last century must be that of 112 Ocean Avenue, in Amityville, New York. The terrifying tale has been turned into a best-selling book and successful film, and captured the public’s attention like no other haunting. Indeed, such is its place in the American consciousness that most people assume that it is a real story – and that is certainly how it was publicised. There is no doubt that some awful events did take place in the building, but were they really caused by ghostly actions? The now infamous three-storey Dutch colonial house was built in 1924. The owners lived happily in the building for many years, raising a family and leaving the house to their daughter who had such fond memories of her childhood home that she moved her own family into it. In 1960 the building left the care of the original owners’ descendants and was bought by a couple who lived in the house until they sold it following their divorce in 1965.

In June 1965 the DeFeo family bought the house. They were an unhappy family and the father, Ronald DeFeo Sr., was known to be abusive. Over a period of nine years the family was not said to experience any type of frightening event other than those inflicted by paternal forces. However that all changed on the night of the 18th of November 1974 when one son, Ronald DeFeo Jr., shot and killed his mother, father, two brothers and two sisters. Just over a year later, in December 1975, a young couple bought the house. George and Kathy Lutz, and her three children moved in, knowing the building’s terrible history. Almost immediately they began experiencing strange phenomena. Doors and windows would open by themselves, bizarre noises were heard, and a Catholic priest who had come to exorcise the house was ordered to get out by a devilish voice.

Things rapidly grew worse. Blood and sticky goo oozed from the walls, clouds of flies appeared on windows, ghostly hooded apparitions manifested, and one of the children started communicating with a demonic pig called Jodie. One night Kathy Lutz was even thrown from her bed by a supernatural force, and it was famously claimed that the face of the devil appeared in the brickwork of the fireplace. After 28 days of this horror, the Lutzes moved out. They soon went to the media with their story. In February 1976 two of America’s most famous celebrity paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, were filmed by a television news team whilst conducting séances at the house. The Warrens stated the house was indeed haunted with evil spirits, but other investigators were not convinced. Dr Stephen Kaplan, the executive director of the Parapsychology Institute of America, based in New York, initially had great doubts about the story, and discovered some very interesting facts about the Lutzes. However, his studies were ignored, and it transpired that the couple had already collaborated with an author, Jay Anson, and had written a book, The Amityville Horror – A True Story.

An instant best-seller on its release in 1977, a blockbusting movie version of the tale was released in 1979. As Kaplan suspected, there were some dubious actions and motives behind the Amityville tale. It was revealed that Ronald DeFeo Jr’s defence lawyer had met with the Lutzes before their story was released. Kaplan found no evidence to support many of the claims written in their book, but he did discover that the Lutzes were able to return to the house to hold a garage sale only a couple of weeks after apparently fleeing in terror. Similarly, many investigators noticed that the Lutzes were holding contracts for book and film rights as soon as they decided to publicise their account. Since the Lutzes left, three different families have lived in the house with no reports of ghostly experiences. Dr Stephen Kaplan’s in-depth report and its subsequent revelations about the house were never viewed with as much interest as the dramatic original story, but his book, The Amityville Horror Conspiracy, was eventually published some years after his death. Many investigators and cynics have been led to conclude that the whole case really revolved around money, rather than the popular perception of paranormal influences. It seems the evil forces in this story have less to do with supernatural unknowns, and more with all too common, base human instincts.


Larry said...

HI, Is the house still standing? When
my son was very young I drove by and was mesmerized by the beauty of the huge old house!

its real so BELIEVE it...... said...

i think tat the Amityville horror mystery is real because there was not any reason for it not to be real. and it was also on an indian burial and my cuz carrie are going to proove all you people wrong tat thinks it isnt true. We are going to go to that house pretty soon and stay in the house for 28 days just like the movie and have video cameras all over the house and were we sleep and video tape everything that happens to us and show all you non-BELEIVERS that it is TRUE........

its real so BELIEVE it...... said...

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I saw hundreds images about this case, and I don't know what to think all these images seen to real and the experience lived by this people, men this kind of creepy stuff make think seriously.

Victoria said...

So um, hey "it's real so BELIEVE it...."

It's not real. Haha. Sorry to put a damper on your fun, but the a researcher named Rick Moran discovered that the indian burial ground was 70 miles away from Amityville. Also the snow that the Lutzes claimed a demon left footprints in - there was no snow in the 28 days they lived there. There is also no record of them calling the police, nor are any of the hinges, locks, and doorknobs broken or even touched. Do your research before throwing your false opinions at others.
And I'm sure that the people living in the house would appreciate you living there for 28 days when they always have to deal with people who won't give this already fictionalized story up.

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about this case, many histories has been bring to the TV, pictures and videos, inclusive movies, but the most creepy picture is the one in where appear John Matthew DeFeo, behind the stairs, his eyes are totally empty.