Book Signings

We will be discussing and signing copies of our book Long Island Oddities at the following dates and locations:

10/23/13 7PM Carle Place, Barnes and Noble

10/24/13 7PM Bay Shore, Barnes and Noble

10/30/13 7PM Lake Grove, Barnes and Noble

The Amityville Horror House

Located on a side street in Amityville, this house may hold some very dark secrets. Is it haunted? How were the DeFeos killed? Exploring the history of this house through various sources, including a first hand acount, brings out only more questions.

This is probably the most infamous property on Long Island. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the details, you may find this interesting. Some of these details make absolutely no sense at all.

As far as we know the first people to have been notified of the DeFeo killings were the drunken masses at a local bar when Ronnie Defeo came running in. If you look hard enough you can even find the 911 transcript online. Supposedly when the locals arrived at his house they found the entire family one by one in their beds lying on their stomachs. This in itself is odd because Ronnie DeFeo Jr. supposedly used a .35 Marlin Rifle which is a very loud gun. The fact that no one in the same house heard the shots or if they did, neglected to move from their beds, is odd. What makes things even odder is that the mother was shot in the chest while his father was shot in the back. You cannot shoot someone in the chest if they are laying on their stomachs, you would logically have to go through the back first. This could mean that the family, or at least some of them, were moved into position on their stomachs after the shooting. Why do police records not indicate any evidence of dragging? According to what I have read, it looks as if every one of them was sleeping peacefully throughout the whole event. Did someone or even something tell the other family members to stay down? Also did something muffle the sound of the gunshots? As I said this is a loud gun. Why did no one on the street hear anything? If they were able to report hearing a dog barking, how did they miss the rest of the racket.

Some say the murders were done by some sort of mafia because Ronnie's father owed them money. This might be supported by Ronnie's initial denial. Even though he admitted to it later his story kept changing. This could be due to his supposed drug use and trauma related to the murders.

Is the Amityville House Haunted? I have a first hand account from the oil man from Oregon Fuel that used to service that house while the Lutz's were there. When they wrote their famous book they mentioned the house always being cold even with an oil heater and a fireplace going. If your house was constantly freezing cold and you were paying for oil, wouldn't you have a word or two with your oil man? Also according to Oregon Fuel records, they did not use up any unusually high amounts of oil. There are also rumors that the Lutz's might have gone in over their head with the house and may have been in a financial pinch. Was the book a purely profit making venture? Current residents have not reported any unusual activity when questioned. Are they hiding something to avoid publicity or is the haunted house really a hoax? There have been many investigations done and none have been completely decisive on the subject.

The address of this house was actually changed by request of the owners who were tired of the publicity.
This is a view from the edge of the driveway.
If you notice, the large Dutch wondiws that made te house o scary looking are gone now, replaced by more ordinary ones.
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