My biggest thoughts as a child were mainly death. I don’t think that I ever talked about it with anyone. The times that I attempted to my mother was the type to say, “don’t speak things like that into existence.” My grandmother was always one to have these discussions with me if allowed but, her advice was always vague due to the disagreement with the conversation taking place against my mother’s wishes.
A year after the horrific murders occurred the house sat until the Lutz family decided to buy the High Hopes Murder House for $88,000 on December 18, 1975. The furniture from the DeFeo family was still partial in the house which the Lutz family paid an additional $400 as a part of their mortgage. The Lutz family stayed in the High Hopes Murder house for less than 30 days. Even given the history of what happened in the house leading up to their sale. They were determined to make the house a home given its price that they just couldn’t pass up. The Lutz family had a priest come in and bless the house before moving in.
Located on 112 Ocean Ave, Amityville, NY located on Long Island. The house was built in 1925 or 1927. The horror house was a two-story dutch colonial style home. Equipped with a huge attic making the actual horror house a three-stories, The Amityville Murder House also came with a finished basement, a ground pool with a sun porch and lastly, a boathouse overlooking a canal. The DeFeo family moved into the high Hopes home the year of 1964. The Ronald DeFeo sr., Louise DeFeo, Ronald Defeo Jr., Dawn who was 18 years old at the time, Allison age 13 years old, 12-year-old Marc, and John Matthew aged nine-years-old at the time of death.