There’s a lot speculation on whether ghosts exists or not. Some believe in the paranormal world, some don’t, but then there are some people that are on the fence about the topic. The paranormal case that I’m fixing to discuss is very well known, in fact if you have never heard of it then you’ve been living under a rock. There has been thousands of books, films, and documentaries made on the paranormal case concerning the haunting of the Amityville house, so I have no idea how anyone has never heard of this story if there are people out there that are not familiar with it because it is a very famous house after all. But before I start talking about creepy incidents that the past owners have experienced in the house, I want to dive into the background of the house first.
On November 13, 1974 at 3:15 in the morning, a 23-year-old man by the name of Ronald “Butch” Defeo, Jr. murdered six members of his family (his parents and his 4 siblings) with a .35 Marlin rifle while they slept in their beds at 112 Ocean Avenue. Ronald claimed that he was not at the house at the time of the murders taking place but ended up confessing to committing the crime after police found the rifle in his room. After a lengthy trial, the jury found Ronald Defeo guilty on six second degree murder charges and was sentenced to serve six consecutive life sentences. There has never been a solid explanation till this day on how one individual could act alone in the middle of the night taking six innocent lives without anyone hearing shots being fired.
On December, 18 1975, the Lutz family moved in the Defeo home just 13 months after the murders took place. George and Kathleen Lutz thought the Dutch colonial home was lovely to raise their family in and also thought it was a steal considering the price of the home was set at $80,000 dollars (due to the murders) but had no idea that they would end up moving out of the home just 28 days later. One day, while the Lutz family was unpacking, a Catholic priest stopped by to bless the home. When the priest made his way upstairs to the second floor, entering a bedroom that had formerly belonged to Marc and John Defeo, he heard “Get Out!” by an unseen voice while he was sprinkling holy water. The priest did not tell the Lutz family about the incident he encountered but did warn the family not use the upstair room as a bedroom and to not let anyone sleep in there. Although the family was unaware, they took the priest’s advice and turned the room into a sewing room. From the very first night the family moved in, they claimed they felt strange sensations. Within days, the family’s personality had drastically changed and arguments ensued. George Lutz claimed that he was plagued by a constant chill and spent all his time feeding the fire place. He also noticed a change in his grooming habits and a drastic decline in his and Kathy’s health.
The Lutz’s daughter began spending all of her time in her room playing with an imaginary friend that she described as a red eyed pig named Jodie, who could transform not only shape but size as well even being larger than the house at times. It was reported that Jodie claimed that she could not be seen by anyone unless she wanted them to. Mysterious foul odors would emanate from different locations of the house, black stains appeared on the toilets and ceramic fixtures, a green gelatin substance would appear throughout the house, and Kathy claimed that she was touched by an unseen force. Hundreds of flies would appear in the sewing room despite it being the dead of winter. George Lutz would wake up every night at 3:15 AM which is the night that the Defeo murders supposedly took place. There was also an incident where George awoke one night to witness Kathy transformed into an old hag and then the next night, she began levitating off the bed. The paranormal activity got so worse in the house to the point of where the Lutz family tried on numerous occasions to contact the Catholic priest, but the phones would cut out every time they would try to call. After no luck with contacting the priest, they decided to take matters into their own hands by walking throughout the house with a crucifix reciting the Lord’s prayer and a chorus of voices erupted in response, asking them, “Will you please stop?” The Lutz family reported that their final night was the worst out of all the paranormal events that occurred in the home with banging and wrappings as loud as a marching band emanating throughout the house, furniture being moved by itself, and the children being terrorized.
After 28 days of living in the home, the Lutz family claimed they had enough and fled the house with only taking a few belongings to take shelter at Kathy Lutz’s mother’s home nearby Babylon. After 20 days of the Lutz’s being out of the house, Investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren were called in by Marvin Scott, a news reporter who had covered the Amityville story and worked on a prior investigation with the Warrens. Ed Warren assembled a team of reporters, investigators, and parapsychologists to investigate the home at 112 Ocean Avenue, but the Lutz family refused to return to the home during the investigation. Ed was physically pushed to the floor while using religious provocation in the basement, Lorraine was overwhelmed by the sense of a demonic presence and was plagued by her psychic impressions of the Defeo family’s bodies wrapped in sheets laid along the floor, and a sense of physically being pushed back during the investigation. The research team even captured an image of a spirit that looks like a little but peering from the second floor. It was also discovered that the land was used by a mane by the name of John Ketchum, who was a practicing black magician and had a cottage on the land prior to the construct of the Dutch Colonial in 1924. John requested that his remains be buried on the property and they still remain till this day.
Research also discovered that the Shinicock Indians also resided on the property at one point in history and the house was used to house the sick and the mad, which in this enclosure, they were left to die. The Warrens believed that the suffering from the past had left the property with a very negative energy and dark history and that such negative history leads to demonic spirits and the preternatural. The Warrens believed that the negative energies directly impacted the lives of both the Defeo and Lutz family. A handful of the Lutz’z earthly possessions and deed for the property were retrieved by the Warrens and the Lutz sold the rest of their belongings and relocated to California. The Ocean Avenue home that was purchased by the Lutz family for $80,000 in 1975, sold for $950,000 in 2010, and is back on the market. Recent residents have reported no further paranormal activity. So guys, I hope you enjoyed this content for Freaky Friday concerning the haunting of the Amityville home. If you believe that the house is haunted or not then I would like to see ya’ll’s opinions on the subject. I also found the Defeo murder case really interesting and if you want me to write about the case going in depth, then get in contact as well; plus I do believe in the paranormal world, so if you believe in it too and have experienced your own paranormal encounters then, of course let me know . If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your stories then you can direct message me on Instagram, @alexleewrites(link is above) until then I’ll be back with new content next week, see ya later!