050 Amityville Horror

The home of the DeFeo family, located on 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York. Getty Images

Is the Amityville House Haunted?

Is the Amityville house haunted?  Pat and Rebecca explore one of the most famous ghost stories of all time – the Amityville Horror. The Lutz family fled the house on Ocean Avenue after only 28 days. They claim the same spirit that caused the oldest son of the previous occupants to kill his whole family was also attacking George. After the book and movie, The Amityville Horror came out, the debate was set. Were they telling the truth?

Questions Explored in this Episode

What happened to the DeFeo family? Did Butch DeFeo kill his family? What was his defense? Why did the Lutzes leave in 28 days? What happened in the house to the Lutzes? Were the Lutzes telling the truth? What do the children say today? Is the Amityville house haunted?

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Listener Mail and Questions

Listener mail is the final stories from the MJ saga. The family are still facing paranormal activity with voices and toys. Have a spooky story or question of your own (or someone you know)? Send your story or question to info@ghostlypodcast.com or leave a voicemail at 630-448-2138 and we might read or share it on the podcast. You could be on a future episode of Ghostly!

Ghost Story – Amityville Horror

Listen to Rebecca tell a ghost story inspired by her research into the stories told about the Amityville House.

History of Amityville

Pat tells the history of the Amityville horror. He reviews the DeFeo murders and subsequent murder trial. Afterwards, Pat describes the claims made by Richard DeFeo’s defense attorney that he and the Lutzes worked together to make up the story of the haunting. He also talks about some of the claims the Lutzes made.

The Debate

Rebecca has five stories to debate. What does the priest say happened to him? What do the children claim really happened? The ratings for this one might surprise you.

Poll Results

Find out what listeners said for the Gettysburg episode – Is Gettysburg haunted? Still need to listen to our previous episode? Check it out here.

Ghostly Trivia Contest – August 2020!

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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Wikipedia (The Amityville Horror): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amityville_Horror
Seattle Times: https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/ex-resident-of-house-debunks-much-of-amityville-horror/
Topic: Https://www.topic.com/the-true-twisted-story-of-amityville-horror
Biography: https://www.biography.com/news/the-real-amityville-horror-facts
Fancy Pants Homes: https://www.fancypantshomes.com/movie-homes/the-real-story-of-the-amityville-house
Bustle: https://www.bustle.com/p/9-creepy-facts-about-the-amityville-horror-case-you-probably-didnt-know-67039
Long Island: https://www.longisland.com/articles/12-05-19/crazy-facts-about-the-amityville-horror-house.html
American Hauntings: https://www.americanhauntingsink.com/gettysburg
History vs. Hollywood
YouTube Official Ed and Lorraine Warren Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsX9HMzWg_E

Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann