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On November 13, 1974, at 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, L.I., Ronald DeFeo, Jr. (24) shot to death six members of his family. He pleaded insanity, but was given six life sentences.

The 'death house' was purchased by Georgy and Kathy Lutz. They fled after 26 days' residence in December 1975 - January 1976, alleging malignant poltergeist activity and attempted 'possesion'.

George, they said, had begun to resemble Ronald DeFeo; Kathy had levitated and had been temporarily transformed into an old hideous crone.

The Amityville Horror, by the late Jane Anson, made a bestselling book and blockbusting movie. Lately, some ghost hunters have proved the Amityville house stands over an ancient Native American burial ground; and that an inhabitant of a house on the site in the 1700 practised black magic in the basement, on the spot where Ronald DeFeo established a red-painted 'den'.

The makers of The Amityville Horror claimed they dare not film at the actual house, but used a similar building in New Jersey.

Jay Anson did not vouch for the truth of the Amityville story, saying he just wrote down what the Lutzes told him. But both he and actor James Brolin, who starred in the first Amitiville movie, claimed to have been affected by the curse. Brolin had several inexplicable accidents while filming; Anson reported a train of sudden deaths and accidents involving those whom he showed his manuscript.

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