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The Amityville Horror: A Debatably True Story

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 DeFeos 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 Lutzs 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 Lutzs 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.



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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 weretoo 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.

Howard Phillips H.P. Lovecraft The Master of Cthulhu

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, an American novelist, was a dedicated lover of the macabre and the horrific. Dedicating his life to the art of writing, H.P. Lovecraft wrote some of the scariest, creepiest stories ever to be produced. His art of writing stories did not follow the typical Boo! scary stories, where you know why you should feel afraid. No, H.P. Lovecraft skirted fear and wielded it like a weapon showing you just enough to feel terrified, yet not enough to fully understand. This was previously unheard of, and these days it is referred to as a Lovecraftian literary tool.

H.P. Lovecraft, circa 1934.

In 1926, with the creation of Cthulhu, Lovecraft changed the world of horror forever. Cthulhu, a high priest to the Old Gods, is a fictional entity that first appeared in the story The Call of Cthulhu, by H.P. Lovecraft. Cthulhu is a hideous, gargantuan being that instills terror into all that come in contact with it. However, Lovecraft was infamous for never truly describing detailed events of characters directly contacting Cthulhu. Even the description of Cthulhu is based off of statues loosely depicting the ancient, gargantuan entity.

The true fear of the Cthulhu mythos stems from insanity. The more a human tries to understand Cthulhu, the faster the individual falls into madness. Lovecraft enjoyed toying with the idea of a human mental breaking point, like there was no way for a human to truly grasp the concept of Cthulhu. If you have ever read a Lovecraft story, you can see this in the writing style. Lovecraft writes in such a way that you literally feel like you are falling into madness and insanity yourself. You hear, imagine, see, and think about things differently, and it scares you. Lovecraft gets into your head and messes with the wiring, similar to the way Cthulhu invaded the minds of fictional characters and drove them far from the safety of sanity.

An artistic representation of Cthulhu.

If we were to look at Lovecraft from a Halloween standpoint, we should observe his use of the subtle and abstract. Rather than directly attempting to scare his readers, he used atmosphere and vagueness to terrify. If you are planning to scare your visitors this Halloween, immerse them in the sensational feeling of horror, not the direct visibility of it. Utilize the surroundings to create subtle cues that cause the heart to race and the hair to stand on end. H.P. Lovecraft would be proud.

H.P. Lovecraft’s gravestone, which can be found in the Swan Point cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island.