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'The Amityville Horror': The Bloody Secrets Of House Number 112


Source: Yandex Zen

The cult film “The Amityville Horror” is based on a real story that took place in 1974 on Ocean Avenue 112. This is a truly scary story that still excites the minds of investigators and interested experts to this day, writes the author of the blog “Travel the world easy! " on Yandex Zen.

Photo Shoot: SnowBall323 / YouTube

How did it all start?

It is inappropriate to say that house number 112 in Amityville was originally different from the neighboring houses. The mansion was built in the sixties of the last century. The owners were constantly changing, until in the end, in 1965, he was bought by a happy couple with many children - Ronaldo and Louise De Feo. They lived there for almost 10 years ...

But everything ended on the night of November 17th to 18th, 1974. A neighbor called the police outfit. According to some reports, he saw strange flashes, in the windows of house 112, according to other sources, a neighbor heard shots, but that's not the point.

The policemen who came to the call were met by the eldest son of the family - Ronald De Feo Sr. Sole survivor or killer?

His parents: Ronaldo and Louise, brothers: Mark (12 years old) and John (9 years old), sisters: Don (18 years old) and Alison (13 years old) - were found dead in their beds. All were killed with a Marlin 35 shotgun.

The eldest son initially pleaded not guilty. He had a couple of versions, but the investigation quickly denied them. As a result, Ronaldo Sr. confessed everything. But he explained his act very "vaguely":

“A demon possessed me, I heard his voice. He ordered me to kill everyone ... ”, - said the guy.

The examination found him sane, from the conclusion it is clear that Ronaldo was aware of everything he did. No psychiatric abnormalities. He was sentenced to 3 life sentences - 150 years in prison.

Ronald De Feo Sr. Screenshot: SnowBall323 / YouTube

Despite the court's decision, there are a lot of nuances in the case, which, by the way, were drawn to the attention of the defendant's lawyers. For instance:

  • The mother of the family is Louise. The eldest son loved her madly, always protected her from father's beatings. Why did he kill her?
  • The situation is similar with younger brothers and sisters. Ronaldo sincerely cared about them, loved them. Could he have shot them in cold blood?
  • Why didn't anyone hear the shots? After the first shot, family members had to wake up and try to escape. At least get out of bed. But all were found in their sleeping places.
  • All were found in the same posture: on their stomach, face in the pillow. The examination confirmed that the bodies were not moved after death.

Plus, it has not yet been proven whether Ronaldo Sr. acted alone or he had an accomplice. There are a dozen facts that indicate that he was not alone. But this version has not been officially confirmed.

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What then?

The house was put up for sale. Already in December 1975, the Lutz family settled in the mansion. The head of the family initially denied all rumors and stories. But just a couple of months later, the new inhabitants of the house number 112 began to complain about the "poltergeist". The doors opened on their own at night, strange footsteps were heard, there was a musty smell everywhere that could not be removed, etc.

It got to the point that a priest was invited to the house. Very strange, but even he, literally escaped from the "creepy mansion". This was the last straw. The Lutz moved out of there and never came back.

However, not everything is so simple here. There is a possibility that the Lutzs simply “played” to the audience, using the tragedy of the De Feo family. It is known that they made good money on books and films that were written and shot based on the history of Amityville, having certain copyrights and contracts.

Now the house belongs to an unknown citizen who bought it for fabulous money. But nobody lives there.

Original column published on the blog. "Travel the world easily!" on Yandex Zen

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