I know that the Amityville Horror stories are pretty much the most controversial and well known out of any other paranormal story. I probably wouldn’t pay it much mind to even post about it, but it is something that always grips my attention because it was the first parnormal story I completely immersed myself in. I was a young girl, I’d heard that the story was supposed to be true and there was a movie depicting it. I don’t remember which I’d completed first; the movie or the book. But, I always went to the library, so immediately I took out Jay Anson’s book, The Amityville Horror: A True Story.
Now the infamous house has new owners after the property was on the market for a little over two months. The anonymous buyers are the fourth owners of the house after the Lutz’s, who publicized the house and captivated the world in their haunted stories. Before the Lutz family, of course, was the DeFeo family. The five bedroom, 3.5 bath home is where Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and murdered his parents and four siblings in the middle of the night, in 1974. DeFeo is currently at the upstate Green Haven Correctional Facility. Read an original news article from the murders here.
Check out some pictures of the house here.
Oh, and interestingly, Kathy Lutz’s son (and George’s step-son) has come forward with a few comments about his former home. Then he was Chris Lutz, but now he is known as Christopher Quaratino.
Now 42 and living in Arizona, he changed his name from Lutz in the 1980s while serving in the U.S. Army. The Gulf War vet says he wanted “to escape public scrutiny” and not “be a part of the freak show.”
Quaratino, who has not been to the neighborhood since 2005, says that while living at the house he saw a shadowy figure come to him and that his bedroom window opened and shut repeatedly one night. “There were things that took place, not as described in the book,” he says, adding that George Lutz was into the occult and that this “brought up spirits.”
“That stuff [spirits] followed us for years,” he adds. “It’s not because of the house.”
His estranged brother, Daniel, is making a documentary about his experience titled “My Amityville Horror.”
After the property came on the market this week, Quaratino saw the photos online. “The house looks beautiful,” he says. The owner, he adds, “did a fantastic job on the remodel. It looks a hell of a lot better than when I lived there. He did an excellent job.” – from Newsday.com
Read one of the last interviews with George Lutz before his unexpected death in 2006 by clicking here.