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For those that love a spooky tale, the house that starred in the book, “The Amityville Horror: A True Story” is up on the market. The house at 108 Ocean Avenue got its horrific beginning in 1974 When Ronald (Butch) DeFeo Jr. shot and killed six family members.
A year later, another family, George and Kathy Lutz purchased the home and moved into it. According to the Lutz family, that’s when the spooky stuff began. There was a 28-day period where the family was besieged by a demonic face with glowing red eyes peering in their window and leaving hoof prints in the snow, swarms of insects, boils on the exorcist’s hands and green slime.
The family collaborated on a book, written by Jay Anson after they reportedly fled from the house for their lives. There were television documentaries where ghost hunters and psychics verified the existence of demons and everyone claimed that Ronald DeFeo Jr. didn’t willingly shoot his family, the house made him do it—or should I say—the devil. All of this just a few short years after the success of “The Exorcist,” another tale of demon possession.
There was a series of movies, remakes and take television wanna’ bees that followed that. However, some people later became suspicious and finally, after years of keeping the secret, the attorney for Butch DeFeo, William Weber admitted the whole story was made up over a bottle of wine. The Lutz family wanted the fame and fortune from the book and Weber wanted a new trial for his client Butch.
So, if you’re into spooky houses, don’t expect to fill that need from the house at 108 Ocean Avenue. Other families lived there since and reported no horrific occurrences in the home. In fact, they claimed it was quite pleasant, so pleasant and updated that the sellers want $1.5 million for it. It may well be worth the price.
The home has a bright comfortable interior with a sunroom anyone would love. It boasts a half of an acre of riverside property on the Tom’s River. This New York home also has a detached garage, granite countertops in the center island kitchen, a porcelain foyer, and intricate crown molding in the living room and elegant dining room. It also has hardwood floors. You won’t be going to a dark spooky basement in this home, since it’s now home theatre complete with a wet bar.
You might not even recognize the old place from the movies. The previous owners remodeled the home and many of the shots weren’t of this home, but another one in the area. However, for $1.5 million you can have a heck of a good story, a nice home and a lot of fun at Halloween.
More Pictures of the Remolded ‘Amityville Horror’ House
image source: Sotheby’s International Realty