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Amityville Horror a true story ?

Was Amityville Horror a true story and, and what's the house doing today?

There are countless legends about what happened at the notorious house back in the '70s. We do know this: On November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo murdered his mother, father, two brothers, and two sisters with a high-powered rifle in their Long Island home. He is currently serving a 150-year sentence for the murders. It's what happened after the murders that is controversial.

I started by searching on "Amityville," which led us to the Hauntings > Amityville category. The first site on the list, The Amityville Murders, had a promising description: "deals with the facts of the DeFeo murders and the subsequent Amityville Horror story."

When I reached the site, I clicked on a link about the Lutzes, the family that moved into the house about a year after the grisly murders. The web site uses the book, The Amityville Horror: A True Story, as a reference to what happened to the Lutz family. The incidents that purportedly took place include:

While a priest was blessing the house, he heard a masculine voice state "Get out!"
George Lutz said he had a cold for the 28 days he stayed in the house. Kathy Lutz discovered her crucifix turned upside-down on the inner wall of a walk-in closet.
George awakened to sounds of drumbeats and marching coming from the first floor. Upon entering the area where he thought the music originated, it ceased. George returned upstairs to find Kathy levitating two feet off the bed. Green slime oozed down the walls of the third-floor hall. Of course, none of this has been proven, and many people believe the entire Amityville story is a hoax. One thing on which almost everyone agrees is that the hit 1979 movie used an extensive amount of dramatic

I found the answer to the second part of your question at Amityville: The Web Site, which has several pictures of the house taken in 1998. Apparently the house is in the same spot as it was 20 years ago. And, in our opinion, it still looks a little spooky.

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