Before the Lutz’s moved into the house at 112 Ocean Avenue, the home belonged to the DeFeo family. This is the true Amityville Horror.
On November 12th, 1974, six members of the DeFeo family were brutally murdered in their beds. The eldest son, Butch DeFeo the lone survivor. Was it Butch who brutally shot his entire family? Was someone else involved? Or did the voices of the house make him do it?
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Researched & written by Kim Douthit
Edited & produced by Gabi Fiore
Music by Dan Moretti