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The Amityville Horror’s Roots

Amityville is best known as the setting of The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson which was published in 1977, and has been turned into a series of films made between 1979 and 2012. The story of The Amityville Horror can be traced back to a real life murder case in Amityville in November 1974, when Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot and killed six members of his family at 112 Ocean Avenue. In December 1975 George and Kathy Lutz and Kathy’s three children moved into the house, but left after twenty-eight days, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena produced by the house. Jay Anson’s novel is said to be based on these events but has been the subject of much controversy.

The house featured in the novel and its film versions still exists, but has been renovated and the address changed in order to discourage tourists from visiting it. The Dutch Colonial Revival architecture house built in 1927 was put on the market in May 2010 for $1.15 million and sold in September for $950,000.

[source: Wikipedia.]