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Posted 03 March 2009 - 05:43 AM

The Demons of Amityville
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                Peter A. Jordan

       Paranormal researchers -- if they are prudent -- trust little of what's heard, and nearly nothing of what is read. Sensational stories, one finds, particularly of the supernatural sort, are catnip for a media often geared more to profit than truth.
          
             Such was the case with Amityville.
          
            The evolution of this infamous story traces back to November 13th, 1974: Ronald De Feo, the Long Island son of a prosperous car dealer, fired eight shots from a .35 caliber rifle, killing his mother, father, two brothers and two sisters as they lay sleeping in their spacious, three-story Dutch Colonial home.
      
            News of the murders sent ripples of anxiety through the normally placid town, lifting the floodgates of speculation.  Unexplainable wax drippings --leading a trail between rooms in the house -- evoked dark murmurs of Satanic ritual and sacrifice. Others pondered the mystery of how De Feo managed to commit each of the six murders without arousing his victims from sleep, asking why no one in the neighborhood had heard gunshots, and why all six victims were found lying face-down in death.
      
         As Amityville's gossip mill ground overtime, prosecutors in the case hunted for a motive. They did not need to look far. Abundant evidence showed De Feo harbored a deep-seated malice for his family along with a "thirst for money": prosecutors cinched their supposition of robbery with the discovery of a $200, 000 life insurance policy and an empty cash strongbox found hidden beneath the saddle of a closet in the family's master bedroom.  

       At first protesting his innocence, De Feo finally broke down and confessed.  "It all started so fast," he told police. "Once I started, I just couldn't stop." He mentioned he had heard "voices" just prior to the murders and upon looking around saw no one there, and assumed "God was speaking to him". William Weber, De Feo's attorney, pushed for an insanity plea, but lost. On December 4, 1975, De Feo was sentenced to twenty-five years to life on each of the six counts of second-degree murder for which he had been convicted.
      
      Many residents expected that with De Feo's conviction the ugly fog of sensationalism which descended upon Amityville would at last begin to disperse.

      But it didn't; in fact, it thickened.
    
      George and Kathy Lutz, a young, married couple from Deer Park, Long Island, were busy house-hunting.   George worked as a land surveyor, and earned a respectable income. Lately, however, business had fallen off sharply, placing him in a financial squeeze. Of the 70 houses he and his wife had inspected, the De Feo house about the only one they found they could afford. Undaunted by its tragic history, high taxes and heating costs, they purchased it, and moved in with their three children on December 18, 1975.
  
      The Lutzes had bought the house for $80,000, half of which was held in escrow by the title company because of a legal complication tied to the De Feo family estate. Sporting six bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths, an enclosed porch, and a matching boathouse and garage, it was -- in the Lutzes' words -- a dream come true.  That dream, as much of the world already knows, was rudely shattered when, 28 days later, the Lutzes fled their home, declaring it was infested by demonic forces.

Newspapers such as Newsday and the now defunct Long Island Press splashed coverage on the story, reporting that De Feo's defense attorney, William Weber, had been introduced to the Lutzes in January by "mutual friends" and was now providing them "legal advice."

        The Lutzes, Weber said, had expressed concern over "strange noises, doors and windows which opened mysteriously, inexplicable changes in room temperature, and sudden personality changes from pleasantness to anger", in the Amityville house. He added he had discovered that the land on which the house was built in 1928 was once a "forbidden" burial gound, and that one of the original owners had the name of a cultist who appears in colonial folklore.

       Based on the Lutzes' paranormal complaints, and providing an early whiff of foul play, Weber announced he was seeking a new trial in which he planned to argue that Ronald De Feo had been suborned into murdering his family through "demonic possession."
      
        In the spring of 1977 -- and ironically enough in Good Housekeeping – journalist Paul Hoffman presented a chronological summary of the Lutze's alleged experiences in a piece entitled "Our Dream House Was Haunted."

       Hoffman had conducted extensive interviews with the family, and provided a dozen or so examples of paranormal activity that supposedly terrorized them into leaving. Many of the examples, however, were surprisingly mild in nature: senses of "unseen forces", temperature changes, strange noises and odors, mood shifts, episodes of obsessive-compulsive behavior -- unsettling, no doubt, but far from extraordinary.

        As for physical evidence, the Lutzes mentioned "black stains" that appeared on bathroom fixtures they could not remove and "trickles of red" that occasionally ran from some of the keyholes. The front door, which George Lutz claimed he'd double-latched earlier one evening, was discovered "wide open" the next morning; windows opened and closed by themselves. And once, George Lutz claimed, he awoke to find his wife sliding across the bed "as if by levitation."


       Not long after Hoffman's article hit newsstands, Jay Anson, a screenwriter noted for his work on The Exorcist, conjured up real terror with his book The Amityville Horror: A True Story -- creating an instant bestseller.

       Within just a year, hardback sales of the book climbed to 3.5 million, and a movie -- staring James Brolin and Margot Kidder, and penned by Anson himself -- followed, and became a box-office smash, raking in over $40 million in one month in New York alone. Anson and the Lutzes split all proceeds 50-50, making the Amityville story, not only one of the most publicized, but one of the most profitable in the history of the paranormal.

      What instantly struck me while reading Anson's 200-page book was how dramatic and varied the phenomena had become since it had been reported to journalist Paul Hoffman earlier that same year. This kind of improvement -- experience has taught me -- is a sure sign of trouble.

      How could anyone, for example, believe the Lutzes would have forgotten to tell Hoffman about something as shocking as a red-eyed pig named "Jodie," a ceramic lion that attacked and bit them -- or green, gelatinous ectoplasm that oozed down from the ceiling? If anyone's memory is that bad, then it obviously cannot be trusted at all!

       Smelling a large rat in the woodpile, and anxious to expose what more and more I came to believe had been a tragic hoax, I began an official investigation into the case in November of 1977.  Working in collaboration with a New York photojournalist named Rick Moran, I studied Anson's book carefully, and over a period of several months followed a trail of evidence that eventually forced the case to crumble under an avalanche of contradictions, half-truths, exaggerations -- and, in some cases, outright lies. In reality, one could devote an entire volume to all of the discrepancies dislodged during our investigation; in this condensed report, we will confine ourselves to the most glaring.

       A central figure in Anson's book is a priest from the chancery of the Rockville Centre Diocese.   Anson credits this individual with a baffling array of hair-raising experiences, masking his identity with the name Father Frank Mancuso.  The priest, it is claimed, was asked by the Lutzes to bless their new home and, upon entering the front door, was confronted by a disembodied voice commanding him to leave. Later, as the priest was travelling along the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens, his car was forced upon the shoulder of the road, the hood flew open, and, as he attempted to brake the car, it stalled.   Shortly thereafter, Mancuso was supposedly afflicted with abnormally high temperatures accompanied  by red, blistery splotches which appeared on the palms of his hands.

       At the same time, reports Anson, the putrefying odor of human excrement pervaded the priests' quarters at Sacred Heart and caused other priests to flee the rectory.

      The priest -- whose real name is Ralph Pecoraro -- was forced to leave his practice in New York as an ecclesiastical judge in the wake of massive publicity stirred by the release of the book.  Pecoraro filed a lawsuit against the Lutzes for "invasion of privacy," claiming that was reported in Anson's book concerning him had been "grossly exaggerated."   The suit was eventually settled out of court.  

        In addition, a fellow clergyman who alleged he was with Pecoraro on the evening of that fateful drive on the Van Wyck claims they experienced nothing more than an ordinary flat tire! The impact of the vehicle as it struck a curb reportedly caused some minor damage opening the hood and door, but the reason for the accident was an old car in disrepair -- not the intervention of unseen forces, as Anson implies.

        In a final blow to the story, Father Alfred Casola, pastor of Sacred Heart, dismisses the report of a pervasive odor in the rectory as "nonsense." Priests present at the time of the supposed incident also have no recollection of any such stench and deny being forced at any time to leave the building.

     More troubling inconsistencies emerge with regard to Sergeant Pat Cammorato of the Amityville Police Department. Shortly after the publication of Anson's book, Cammorato found himself burdened with chronic problems over trespassing and vandalism at the Amityville house. Although by then the house was occupied by new owners (Jim and Pat Cromarty) who had not reported any psychic activity, this seemed to have done little to dampen the enthusiasm of the steady stream of thrill-seekers who nonetheless came at all hours of the day and night to inspect it.  

      Cammorato's headaches were compounded by claims made in Anson's book that the police officer once conducted an "official investigation" into reports of psychic disturbances at the Lutz's home during which he witnessed a wrecked garage door, the snow prints of a "cloven-hoofed" animal, and was overcome with "strong vibrations" upon entering the house.    Cammorato punctures deep holes in these claims, and hauled out police logs to show why they couldn't possibly be true:  on the very day Anson claims Cammorato visited the Lutzes, the logs indicate Cammorato was out on sick leave for surgery.   The logs also testify to the fact that the Lutzes had not contacted the police once during their entire stay in the house, only afterwards, at that time requesting that the house be watched on account "it was empty."

     For me, however, a nagging question about Seargeant Cammorato remains. Was he implicated in Anson's story merely by accident? Or was there possibly an ulterior motive?   An incident regarding Ronald De Feo and Cammorato that occured in the summer of 1973 suggests a possible answer.

    While driving home from work one evening, Cammorato stopped at the De Feo house to talk to Ronald (whose nickname was Butch). Commarato had known the De Feo's since they had first come to Amityville, and his daughter was a good friend of Ronald's sister, Allison. "You know, Butch, we're having an awful lot of larcenies of outboard motors," he told him. "We have reason to believe you may be involved.  If you are involved, you bettter stop because we're going to get you." "I don't steal outboards," De Feo replied.

     Near the end of September, Cammorato spotted Suffolk Police arresting De Feo outside the latter's home. The officers were standing next to the open trunk of De Feo's car, which contained an outboard motor. Cammorato stopped to get the details. The seventeen-hundred-dollar motor had been stolen from a Marina in Copiague. Although Cammorato had nothing to do with the collar, he couldn't resist saying something. "See, Ronnie," he told De Feo, "we did get you." A few weeks later, the sergeant's daughter told him that Butch De Feo had threatened his life.  The sergeant phoned Ronald De Feo, Sr., who blew up at his son.

     Did Anson learn of De Feo's contempt for Cammorato by entering into a secret collusion with him?  

     Alex Tannous, a noted psychic, recalls an interesting visit he made to the Lutzes' Amityville house in the spring of 1976. While there, he says he could sense nothing of a paranormal nature.   Deciding to try psychometry, he asked the Lutzes if they might happen to have anything personally connected to De Feo. He was handed a sample, he says, of De Feo's handwriting that he was shocked to see was part of a legal contract outlining he distribution of profits from a proposed book and movie.   The experience served to reinforce his original feelings that the matter was a collective hoax.

       The "horror" in Anson's book about Amityville is supplied, in large
measure, by manifestations of physical damage -- at times mushrooming into
epidemic proportions. Throughout the story are countless reports of damage to
the house, garage and grounds we are told were fixed by outside repairman.  Proof of this, however, is notably absent.

      The book states that George Lutz contacted the services of the same repairmen and locksmiths that were originally used by the De Feo family.   Checks, however, made with these businesses failed to confirm the commission of any such repairs at the Lutz home. More importantly, my investigation into this case with Rick Moran culminated in a detailed inspection of the entire house and no signs of damage were visible anywhere – no new hardware, no new locks, and no signs of repairs to any doors.

       A comic perversion of logic was never more striking than in Anson's report of how George frantically nailed boards across the doorway to one room he felt was most negatively "tainted" by the surrounding forces of evil. We could not help noticing, however, that the door to this room, as do all doors on that floor of the house, opens inwardly -- and, once again, showed no signs of damage.

       In another scene from Anson's book, Cathy Lutz hurls a chair at a red-eyed entity through her daughter's bedroom window; yet there are no signs of any such damage and that particular window is at least as old as the others on the floor.

       As for the third-floor window which the Lutzes often claimed "opened by itself,"
Moran and I found it surprisingly easy to reproduce this effect merely by stomping our feet in the center of the room. The window, it turns out, is counter-weighted improperly, with the weights heavier than they need be.  The result is that any moderate-sized vibration will cause the window to open if they are not latched properly; that latch is broken now and was broken when the Lutzes lived at 110 Ocean Avenue. On interviewing the De Feo housekeeper we learned that finding the window open was no surprise, as it happened even when the De Feo's lived there.

     A prominent feature of Anson's tale is a "secret" red room, hidden behind a bookcase in the basement of the Amityville house. The room is approximately 2 feet by 3 feet, with head room too low for anyone – except perhaps a hunchback mouse -- to stand in. In reality, it is part of an existing gravity-fed water system from an earlier house built on the lot.   The land was originally owned by Jesse Purdy, who was then in his 90s and lived in the house that once stood at 110 Ocean Avenue. This house was moved in the early 1920s to lot several hundred yards away. Part of the water storage system for the old house, the "secret" room is now used to give access to the water pipes that otherwise would have been walled up. Why is it painted red?   Local neighborhood children said they painted it that color. As they indicated this is where they customarily stored their toys, red seemed an appropriately bright and cheerful color. Anson, though, blithely ignores these facts, and links the room to images of blood, demons and animal sacrifice.

     In discussing the physical phenomena Anson claims held the Lutzes in a visegrip of fear for 28 days, I would certainly be remiss were I not to make mention of the infamous green. gelatinous substance said to have nearly flooded their home. This material has undergone a radical change in both form and color since I first saw it mentioned in Paul Hoffman's article in Good Housekeeping, in which the Lutzes witnessed a keyhole in one room oozing a "red, blood-like substance, a few drops at a time."  In Anson's expanded version, however. the material looks more like lime gelatin, although George Lutz tasted it, and remarked that it was not. The substance, according to Anson, ran in such
quantity that it had to be taken out in bucketfuls and dumped into the Amityville River. Here again we are faced with a truly unfathomable mystery:   why would George Lutz be so curious as to taste and smell the offending material, but not curious enough to save some for analysis?

       Anson closes his book of horrors with a description of a dramatic seance conducted at the Lutz home on February 18th, 1976. Seated at the dining room table were a handful of psychics, one newsman, and a representative from he Psychical Research Foundation (PRF) in Durham, North Carolina. The participants, according to Anson, reported impressions which ranged from glimpses of dark menacing shadows to shortness of breath, heart palpitations, numbness, quickened pulse rates, and nauseous unrest.  Except for PRF's field investigator, psychics present at the seance, says Anson, were firm in their belief that the house on Ocean Avenue harbored a demonic spirit and could only be removed by an exorcist.

      In contacting Jerry Solvin, Project Director of the Psychical Research Foundation, however, I was informed that while the book's description of the seance is basically accurate, Anson, Solvin charges, tends to "select facts to support his own conclusions." Solvin, for instance, dismisses Anson's claim that George Kekoris, PRF's representative at the time, suddenly became "violently ill" and was forced to quit the room.   Solvin claims he momentarily became "queasy", but does not find this odd given the hot, stuffy, "emotionally-charged" situation. Moreover, he explains, the room was small -- approximately 12 feet by 15 feet -- and more than 20 persons were present, including a film crew using hot movie lights.   Solvin also explained that members of the Psychical Research Foundation did not conduct a full investigation of the Amityville case for two reasons: 1.) the family had moved out of the house at an early stage, reducing in PRF's opinion the probability of continued activity; 2.) the phenomena reported were far too "subjective" to be reliably measured.

    Given the foregoing, it seems impossible to escape the conclusion that Anson's account of what transpired at Amityville was largely, if not entirely, one of fiction.  This is based not only on conflictual evidence and testimony, but on disturbing revelations published by People magazine and other sources in 1979.  William Weber, Ronald De Feo's defense attorney,  announced that year he was suing the Lutzes for "breach of agreement" and for a share of the Lutz profits on grounds they had "reneged on a deal with him and another writer."   "I know this book's a hoax," Weber confessed.  "We created this horror story over many bottles of wine.  I told George Lutz that Ronnie De Feo used to call the neighbor's cat a pig.  George was a con artist; he improvised on that in the book he sees a demon pig through a window."  

      While under oath, George Lutz began to repudiate some of the book's more spectacular claims, accusing Anson of abusing his creative license.   A solid wooden door which, according to Anson for example, was wrenched off its hinges by a "demonic force" was in reality, Lutz said, a frail metal screen door which had blown off during a winter storm.

        Lutz also deflated Anson's account of the infamous green "slime", noting it was more "like jello", and that there had only been small "dabs" of it which appeared here and there.

       Being a charitable sort, I will concede the possibility the Lutzes may, in fact, have been telling the truth when they first reported their experiences of light paranormal phenomena to the press in February of 1976, and to Paul Hoffman the following  year.   Allowing for this, however, hardly dissuades parapsychologists from consigning the case to the circular file.  

       So badly tainted is the affair, so slippery the characters involved, that in the end one is left wondering as to who the demons of Amityville really were.









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Posted 03 March 2009 - 02:00 PM

Very well done.

That is the same conclusion I have come to reach.

Granted, I now fear for the family behind the movie 'The Haunting in Conneticut' for the same reason.  I secretly hope it flops so that they may not face the hungry media.

Some will over criticize, others will over spectacularize, but few find that elusive middle ground.

Edited by RoseIsRain, 03 March 2009 - 02:01 PM.


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Posted 04 March 2009 - 08:47 AM

Media intrusion can be a rough and atggrivating. I am looking forward to the new Connecticut film but I do feel it will bring the family some serious trouble.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 11:58 AM

Well the Haunting was first on television on the show called "A Haunting" I would think that the producers of the movie are mainly going after what was said and seen in that show. The family was prob protected in the show and their identity was hidden I think but, just like the Amityville family, they didn't have to come forward at all. I am excited to see it though. I think that the guy that plays on Law&Order SVU is playing in it right? **drools*** I thought I saw/heard his voice in the preview (man thats sad that I am getting all exited about an actor and I don't even know if it was him, I need to get a life) Anyway it looks like a well put together movie- I will see it regardless of its acuracy to the families story I just hope they get a cut of the earnings but I doubt they will, producers will change it just enough to say "its just based on a true story it ain't your story, look its totally different...you said that evil was written on your sons chest look we wrote naughty words all over the place on this actor- it aint the same thing!" ( I don't really know why my producer has the voice of Donny Baker from Bob and Tom's radio show? That concerns me a little) I think that Amityville is a bunch of hooey and so are the Warrens who "investigated" the place- I think there is another Amityville thread here but I am not sure if it isn't on the old boards.

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 10:35 AM

QUOTE(lorddraven2000 @ Mar 4 2009, 08:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Media intrusion can be a rough and atggrivating. I am looking forward to the new Connecticut film but I do feel it will bring the family some serious trouble.


Precisley.  Whether or not you believe the Lutz's story, the fact remains is that they went through hell after the media got involved. I don't want to see this family go through the same thing.
I also feel that, like Amittyvile, facts could be lost amongst the frenzy.

Edited by RoseIsRain, 13 March 2009 - 10:40 AM.


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Posted 13 March 2009 - 12:44 PM

wow ....great read......thanks!

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QUOTE(Staropeace @ Mar 13 2009, 12:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
wow ....great read......thanks!


Hi Staropeace,

While much ink has been spilled on the case, I regret that other equally sensational -- though more credible -- cases have been ignored, or have received little press.  

Thanks much for the read.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:05 AM

Since the Lutz's were the ones who involved the media,  I really can't feel too sorry for them that it backfired one them.   After all,  they are the ones who signed the book deal,  with Anson.
There is also ways to investigate a haunting without calling in demonolgists like the Warren's.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 09:22 AM

The part where the guy heard voices & killed his family is strange. My Nephew's grandpa & a co-worker of his was murdered by a guy who claimed to hear voices in his head prior to murdering them, then turning the gun on himself. They all were good people, even so....I can't help but feel angered towards the man who killed the two. I think it is possible that evil forces where involved.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:45 AM

h20 the part where the guy killed his own family is not really strange at all considering he had major social issues and was a chronic heroine addict. Saying he heard voices is the oldest trick in the world............We have a guy hear in Edmonton who beheaded someone on a bus recently........I shared an apartment highrise with this monster...and maybe times shared the elevator with him.........he claimes to have heard voices,as well. Eventhough he only conveniently shows any signs of Schizno behavior on that day alone....no others.

Anyway, the part about Defoe's plea didnt amount to much.

I dont really worry about the family in conneticut....anymore than the Lutzes....monies will change hands for sure...all involved will receive...the Lutzs were given half of a small fortune for the proceeds of the movie with James Brolin.

I wouldnt spend much time worrying about these folks.........they all knew what was what....I am sure the bucks will compensate for any inconvience.........



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Posted 14 March 2009 - 05:20 PM

QUOTE(Judecat @ Mar 14 2009, 03:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Since the Lutz's were the ones who involved the media,  I really can't feel too sorry for them that it backfired one them.   After all,  they are the ones who signed the book deal,  with Anson.
There is also ways to investigate a haunting without calling in demonolgists like the Warren's.


I totally agree- goodness that lady think everything is demonic! I think the Warren's are well lets just say I wouldn't trust them with 25 cents let alone an investigation. (She'd end up thinking the quarter was possessed- "Hey gimme back my change! No, you don't need to bless it, I'm just going to put it in the parking meter! No, thats not possessed either, its just a red flag because its expired, see E-X-P-I-R-E-D not E-X-O-R-C-I-S-M") Wow thats sad I made myself laugh! th_sarcastic_blum.gif

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 07:53 PM

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h20 the part where the guy killed his own family is not really strange at all considering he had major social issues and was a chronic heroine addict. Saying he heard voices is the oldest trick in the world............We have a guy hear in Edmonton who beheaded someone on a bus recently........I shared an apartment highrise with this monster...and maybe times shared the elevator with him.........he claimes to have heard voices,as well. Eventhough he only conveniently shows any signs of Schizno behavior on that day alone....no others.

Anyway, the part about Defoe's plea didnt amount to much.

I dont really worry about the family in conneticut....anymore than the Lutzes....monies will change hands for sure...all involved will receive...the Lutzs were given half of a small fortune for the proceeds of the movie with James Brolin.

I wouldnt spend much time worrying about these folks.........they all knew what was what....I am sure the bucks will compensate for any inconvience.........


...They still don't deserve to be openly mocked as others have been. But perhaps I am too sensitive to the subject.

Edited by RoseIsRain, 14 March 2009 - 07:55 PM.


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Posted 15 March 2009 - 05:45 AM

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h20 the part where the guy killed his own family is not really strange at all considering he had major social issues and was a chronic heroine addict. Saying he heard voices is the oldest trick in the world............We have a guy hear in Edmonton who beheaded someone on a bus recently........I shared an apartment highrise with this monster...and maybe times shared the elevator with him.........he claimes to have heard voices,as well. Eventhough he only conveniently shows any signs of Schizno behavior on that day alone....no others.


Oh jeez, that guy scares the crud out of me.  I don't get scared fairly easy, but when I read the gruesome details of what he had done to that poor kid... ugh.. I still shudder.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:47 AM

If dont wish to get openly mocked Rose,then maybe they should have stayed away from the medias attention. If folks are intent on scamming the public then thats the price the  pay..........into each life a little rain must fall.

THere are lots of folks who  I feel sad about..........the inner city child who will go to bed hungry ...families who lost soldiers over in the middle east...........senior citizens who are alone..and hurt for company.  I could go on..........but these woo woo folks dont do it for me....not one little bit.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 04:20 PM

I feel terrible about the innocent children that were killed by thier own blood. It is a tragedy, there is no doubt about that. DeFeo was a very troubled man. He was a drug addict and alcoholic that had went on a bender the night of the murders. The voices and demon/devil possession was not his idea and is a complete fabrication and that comes from Defeo himself, it was his lawyers idea to get off by reason of insanity. He said that his father was abusing them all and he felt that he was protecting himself from him. Thing he shot them all while they were alseep. He also said that his sister Dawn was involved and was the one who actually shot the rest of the family. But his story changes every time he says it, clearly he was under the influence of drugs and boose when he committed them. He is a murderer and that is all he is. (The Biography channel has a great special about the murders) Not the possessed teenager that the movies claim. He didn't kill his little sister as she ran from him, finding her in the closet, like the newest Amityville movie showed. Its gotten way way out of hand. THe whole thing is one big bit to make money off of this tragedy.I think that the Lutz saw $$ when they found out about the murder. I only feel sorry for her kids and the family that Defeo killed. (though I do tend to think that the father of the murdered family was prob true, but he shouldn't have killed his entire family)
Thats my take on it. But since the murderer is in prison and not in his right mind, I think that we will never really know what happened that night. The Lutz's are just liars in my opinion and since they did admit some was fabricated (if not most) I think that we will never know what really happened.

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 03:50 PM

QUOTE(h20 @ Mar 14 2009, 09:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The part where the guy heard voices & killed his family is strange. My Nephew's grandpa & a co-worker of his was murdered by a guy who claimed to hear voices in his head prior to murdering them, then turning the gun on himself. They all were good people, even so....I can't help but feel angered towards the man who killed the two. I think it is possible that evil forces where involved.



Sorry, thats terrible to hear. When it comes to Butch DeFeo I am not sure we will ever know if he was insane or influenced by evil. He did drugs and drank, but that doesnt make him a murderer by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe its possible that he was influenced so when the Lutz's moved in, they got the aftermath. Its amazing how much George Lutz looked like Butch. I would guess that anyone who kills their family execution style, are either crazy or evil, because normal people dont even think about those kind of acts. Butch loved his Mom and sister, so that part made me wonder. He also stated many times he saw a black arm/hand holding a rifle then blamed his sister, so was it evil forces, I would say yes. He wasnt legally insane and being an addict is no reason, so that leads me to believe, there was evil in that home and its possible horrible things could have happened to the Lutz's if they remained in that home...JMO..
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