In December of 1975, George and Kathleen Lutz bought a house located at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York. The house was purchased for what seemed to be a ridiculously low price – $80,000. The six-bedroom house had a boathouse, a swimming pool, a gambrel roof, and it was located on a canal. Overall, it was a deal that was simply too good to pass up, even when George and Kathleen Lutz learned that the previous owners, the DeFeo family, were murdered the previous November.

Amityville house

The infamous Amityville house, as seen today.

The Lutz family moved into the house on December 19th, 1975. It was a quick transition, since they had purchased most of the DeFeo’s furniture in the deal. When a friend of George Lutz learned of the DeFeo murders, the friend recommended that George have a priest bless the house. George and Kathleen contacted a local practicing priest, Father Ralph J. Pecoraro.

The priest arrived some time later and began his blessing rites. When Father Pecoraro splashed the first holy water and began to pray, he heard a masculine voice command that he “get out.” Father Pecoraro left the haunted house, without any mention of the incident to the Lutz family. Some days later, Father Pecoraro phoned George Lutz and told him to stay out of the room where he had heard the commanding voice. Before the conversation could continue, static cut into the call and it was dropped. Father Pecoraro developed a high fever and blisters on his hands over the next few days.

Here is an audio recording of Father Pecoraro detailing his experience in 112 Ocean Avenue:



George and Kathy Lutz lived in the house for only 28 days. During their time there, they experienced a variety of paranormal phenomena:

  • Swarms of flies plagued the house, despite winter weather.
  • Unexplainable cold spots and odors of excrement throughout the house.
  • Kathy Lutz felt sensations of “being embraced.”
  • George Lutz would awake and go out to the boathouse at 3:15 AM every morning. It was later learned that this was the suspected time of the DeFeo murders.
  • The Lutz’s five-year-old daughter developed an imaginary friend named “Jodie,” which is suspected to be a demonic pig-like creature with glowing red eyes.
  • Large cloven hoofprints were seen in the snow on January 1st, 1976.
  • Green slime occasionally oozed from the walls of the house.
  • Kathy Lutz received red welts on her chest from an unseen force stopping on her.
  • A small room was discovered in the basement. Its walls were painted completely red, and the Lutz’s dog would cower in fear whenever it approached the room.
  • Kathy had vivid nightmares depicting the murders of the DeFeo family.
  • Doors were heard slamming throughout the house, waking George from his sleep. No other family member heard or awoke to the sounds.



Amityville cover

Published in 1977, The Amityville Horror: A True Story details the events that plagued the Lutz family.

The Lutz family eventually attempted to bless the house, without the aid of a priest, hoping to quell the angry spirits. During the blessing, George heard a chanting of voices saying, “Will you stop?” The blessing did very little to negate the paranormal phenomena.

In January, after another attempt to bless the house, George and Kathy fled from the house and never returned. When asked to describe their final night at 112 Ocean Avenue, George and Kathy declined any comment and simply said that the events were “too frightening.”

Jay Anson, the author of The Amityville Horror: A True Story, based the title of his book on “The Dunwich Horror,” a story by H.P. Lovecraft.

Comments
  1. Nancie says:

    Um no, the Lutz’s confessed to making everything up.

  2. Regina says:

    This story is not true at all. The people that lived there after the murders had a book deal before they even closed on the house. I grew up there as well as my mother and grandmother. This is so false and would love it if people spoke the truth. I have been in that house alot and nothing has ever happened, only to these idiots.

    Yes there were murders but he was high on heroin, acid and drunk. after the murders he went and hung out at a bar and not with satan.

  3. dale says:

    While there have been many claims that the story is false, there is no way to corroborate the evidence in either direction – true or false. Both George and Kathy took a lie detector test relating to the events that took place in the house, which they both passed.

    In 2000, George Lutz stated, “I believe this [story] has stayed alive for 25 years because it’s a true story. It doesn’t mean that everything that has ever been said about it is true. It’s certainly not a hoax. It’s real easy to call something a hoax. I wish it was. It’s not.”

  4. Jordon says:

    This story is so true! I spent the summer of 92 there with me and my “Ghosts R Everywhere” crew and that place is haunted. Flies, spoken disembodied threats to our lives, and claw-like marks on one of my buddy’s upper thighs. We would joke that the ghosts were trying to make a move on him while he slept. That was a fun summer. Seriously though, way too many flies.

  5. Skull says:

    Even if the story is not true it is creepy either way. I wouldn’t want to spend a night there in that house. Cloven hoof prints in the snow…yikes.

  6. Marge says:

    I would love to stay at that house for a night

  7. could anybody tell me, whether its a true story or not ???

  8. Elina says:

    Well, I read this book chen it was published and in that time I was in New York and went to see the house at 112 Ocean <drive. I was scared not only I had read the book but when I was near the house I felt a strange cold.

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