Monday, May 21, 2012

The Amityville Horror

In 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered six family members as they slept in a colonial-styled home located on 112 Ocean Avenue near Long Island. DeFeo was ordered to serve 25 years to life for the murders. The home was subsequently purchased and lived in by George and Kathleen Lutz who fled the house after 28 days, citing a series of supernatural happenings as the reason for their exodus. Their experience was chronicled in the bestselling book The Amityville Horror. The Lutz's let the house fall into foreclosure.

Cromarty purchased the house in 1977 and lived there for a decade. "Nothing weird ever happened, except for people coming by because of the book and the movie," he said. The Cromartys changed the address to discourage "tourists" and sold the house in 1987 to Peter and Jeanne O'Neill.
A line of prospective buyers line up for the
open house sale of the Amityville Horror house.
The house turned turned over again in 1997 to Brian Wilson who put the home on the market for $1.15 million in 2010. The Fragosos bought the 10-room 1920s home, but a year later listed it for sale for $1.35 million. They insist they're moving to be closer to family members in New Jersey and not because the house is haunted.

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