Amityville Horror: true story based on real events
Most of you have seen the horror movie Amityville Horror. What you may not know is that it is based on real events, at least according to George and Kathy Lutz, who told their story to the author of the book.
In 1975 the couple moved into a house in Amityville, New York, in which there had been a family tragedy when the son of the previous owner had shot and killed the 6 members of his family. All the 6 victims were found face down in their beds with no signs of struggle.
The murderer Ronald DeFeo is currently incarcerated in New York and will remain in prison until his death.
George and Kathy Lutz have lived in the house for just 28 days, during which they had terrible experiences that forced them to leave.
The house at number 112, Ocean Avenue had been closed for 13 months after the massacre, and in December 1975, George and Kathleen Lutz bought it for over $ 80 000 and moved there on December 19, 1975.
The house was built in a Dutch colonial style, had 6 bedrooms, loft, pool. The couple was married in July 1975. Kathy had three children from her previous marriage: Daniel, 9 years old, Christopher, 7 years old, and Melissa (or Missy) 5 years old. Also they had a labrador Harry.
After a series of events on January 14, they left the house, having taken with them only the essentials.
Strange smells, loud, unexplained noises were just some of the horrific experiences they had in the house… All of them had seen red eyes watching them. Kathy discovered a secret room painted red, and even the family dog refused to enter there. Even the priest, invited to perform the exorcism ceremony, witnessed strange phenomena, which were later recorded on camera.
They temporarily settled in the house of Kathy’s mother, but they claimed that the phenomena followed them…
Shortly afterwards they met publisher Jay Anson, author of The Amityville Horror. Although the couple did not collaborate directly with Anson, he was provided with the recorded material of 45-hours duration and used it as the basis of the story. It is estimated that the book has sold about 10 million copies.
However, the next two owners of the house argued that they did not experience anything like that.