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The Amityville Horror House Hauntings

by Angela Shiflett 4 months ago in supernatural
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A story of one of the most popular haunted houses of New York

The Blessing of the Amityville House Was Not Effective

The Amityville horror house is considered to be one of the most frightening haunted houses in New York. While there are millions of rumored haunted places in New York, this particular house stands above the rest because of the tragedies that have taken place in and around the structure. Located on Ocean Avenue at the numeric address of 112, this sinister Amityville home still instills a high level of fear and curiosity from individuals as well as the media.

This mostly stems from the grisly murders that took place in the home on the 14th day of November in the year of 1974. This is when a twenty-three-year-old man by the name of Ronald DeFeo murdered his parents, as well as four siblings that were younger than him. However, the true mystery of the Amityville horror house started when a couple by the named George and Kathy Lutz moved into the seemingly beautiful structure in the upscale neighborhood.

The Purchase

During the year of 1975 a man named George Lutz and his wife, Kathleen – “Kathy” for short – set out to search for a home. They wanted a permanent residence where they could raise their family. For several months, they visited many homes that were on the real estate market. Unfortunately, nothing struck them as particularly appealing for the goals that they had in mind.

There were quite a few possibilities, but they felt as if none of the homes fit the description of being their “dream home”. Finally, the air warmed up a bit and summer came into season. The couple and their children continued to search for an ideal location. Eventually, a realtor took them to a house that was three stories in height and reflected the beautiful architecture of the Dutch.

Apparently, as soon as the couple walked in, Kathy showed immediate interest in the home. Her husband expressed the following later:

“…As soon as Kathy had walked into the house, she had a smile on her face that just beamed…I knew from the look on her face, that this was to be our dream home.”

Unfortunately, the structure proved to be nothing short of a nightmare for the family. The couple recalled that when the realtor showed them the home that she reminded them of the murders that had taken place in the structure. Immediately, this sparked the interest of the couple as they tried to recall the case that the realtor mentioned – “The DeFeo Murders”.

When she realized that the couple could not remember the details associated with the case, the real estate agent reminded the couple on the events that had transpired in the year of 1974. Despite the fact that the Amityville horror house was considered to have a veil of evil surrounding it at the time, it was not yet considered to be one of the haunted places in New York.

Despite the atrocious crime that had taken place in the home, the couple and their children – Christopher, Daniel, and Missy - decided that this would be their home. The purchase of the Amityville horror house was made, but little did the family know that they were about to move in what would one day be considered one of the most haunted houses in New York.

The Blessing from a Catholic Priest

Since the famous DeFeo murders had taken place only thirteen short months before the Lutz family moved into the Amityville house on Ocean Avenue, one of George’s friends suggested that they have a blessing from a Catholic priest beforehand. The name of the priest was Father Mancusco. He actually performed the blessing the same day that the family was moving their belongings into the home. When the priest entered the main bedroom of the home – he claimed that something very unusual happened.

He apparently heard a man yell, “Get Out!” Based on this experience, he informed the Lutz family that the room should not be used to sleep in, but neglected to tell them of his personal experience in the room. Unfortunately, despite the good intentions and experience of Father Mancusco, the blessing did not work for the Lutz family. It seemed that the sinister spirits of the Amityville horror house were simply too strong.

The Unexplained

Immediately after moving into the Amityville house, the Lutz family started experiencing many unexplained events. First, they were overwhelmed with sensations that were ominous in nature. It did not take too long before the personalities of those in the family started to take a turn for the worse. The children started to act out in tremendous ways. They no longer behaved as they once had and fought amongst themselves continuously.

George and Kathy had always been known as being good parents, often refraining from corporal punishment with the children. However, there was an incident in which they were reported to have beaten their children relentlessly with a large, wooden spoon and a heavy strap. These were only a small portion of the many mysterious happenings in the house.

As time progressed, several unexplained smells started to occur. The family gave accounts of what appeared to be cheap and foul-smelling perfume, as well as the smell of feces being emitted into the air. For an unknown reason, stains would appear on the toilet in the home that could not be removed. In addition to this, slime was reported to have been observed on the walls of the home. The family was consistently perplexed by the unexplained.

Many individuals that knew of the challenges that the family faced believed it could have been the spirits of the family that was murdered in the home. This is when it became known as one of the most haunted places in New York. However, there were a few people that believed that the house was cursed and that demonic spirits were to blame for the unexplained phenomenon occurring in what is now referred to as one of the most haunted houses throughout both New York and the United States.

The unexplained phenomenon did not stop with smells and personality changes. Eventually, the family experienced physical encounters with the entities that were in the home. Several times, Kathy Lutz was reportedly touched by something that she was unable to see. George Lutz developed an obsession with the fireplace because of the fact that he always felt as if the structure was too cold. At night, he would consistently wake up at the exact same time every single day – 3:15 am. As it turns out, this was the time the previous murders occurred in the home.

Kathy stated she observed red glowing eyes in the home. She had repeated nightmares about the murder that took place there. One of the children – Missy – had a very strange type of imaginary friend. Danny Lutz – who was 10 years old at the time – stated he would hear voices whispering to him, that he experienced a possession, and that he has been haunted by the memories of living in the structure the past 46+ years. In an odd turn of events, the priest that performed the blessing on the home experienced many psychological and physiological challenges afterwards.

Ed and Lorraine Warren Investigate

On March 6th 1976, well-known demonologists – Ed and Lorraine Warren – conducted an investigation of the home with The Channel 5 New York station and a reporter with WNEW-FM, Michael Linder. It was during this investigation that a series of photographs was taken. In these, a picture displays what the investigators referred to as a “demonic boy” standing by the stairs. This spirit has glowing eyes. The Warrens confirmed the fact that malevolent spirits haunt the house. This investigation was depicted in the movie The Conjuring 2 in the year of 2016.

The Amityville Horror

The story was featured in a book written by Jay Anson and was appropriately called “The Amityville Horror”. Many believe that the family simply found a way to cash in on the murders that took place in the home. However, the Lutz family stood by the fact that their experiences were real and not a hoax. To this day, there is still much debate about whether or not this structure is one of the most haunted houses in New York.

However, one thing is for sure, the Lutz family never backed down on the apparent hauntings and forces that plagued them. They are convinced and continue trying to convince the world that the Amityville horror house is the most terrifying of all the haunted places in New York. The family only resided in the home for a total of 28 days, but the events that transpired there have had long-term effects on their lives.

The House Today

The Amityville horror house continues to stand today; however, it has undergone quite a few renovations. Additionally, there has been a change of address. It looks much different today than it once did. The individuals that live in the home, near the home, and the authorities that are part of Amityville, New York do not prefer visitors or sightseers to the area. This is not an official attraction. The purpose and intent of this article is only to highlight its scary history and past haunted happenings.

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Angela Shiflett

Angela has worked as a professional content creator for just over 18 years. Her topics are typically created as a result of her life experiences and passions. She strives to deliver content that is helpful, intriguing, and entertaining.

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