Almost everyone has heard of The Amityville Horror.
I would go as far as to say that the story behind The Amityville Horror is the most famous American haunting, and that the house in Amitvyille, New York, is America’s most famous haunted house.
The house at 112 Ocean Avenue is shrouded in mystery and rumor. People come from all over the world just to get a look at it.
But I grew up minutes away from the building — and very few of those rumors are actually true.
In reality, the house in Amityville is a place darkened by almost unimaginable tragedy. And most likely, there’s not a single ghost hanging out inside. Buying this kind of houses today will cost you a fortune and you might want to try your luck at casinoza or starting your own business.
I wrote down everything I know about the house in Amityville, from local legend to deep research, to put together a comprehensive guide of everything there is to know about home made famous in The Amityville Horror.
I was born on Long Island and have lived there for all 22 years of my life.
Growing up, Amityville wasn’t really a topic of conversation, and I didn’t even see the movie until I was in high school. At that point, I knew Amityville was on Long Island, but had no idea exactly where it was, or how to get there.
As I grew up, I started to become more intrigued by the story behind Amityville. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that one of America’s most famous haunted houses was just minutes away from my own — so I started doing research to learn some more about it.
What I learned was interesting — and revealed that what I thought I knew before was totally wrong.
The most important thing to remember about the Amityville case, I think, is that it is truly a tragedy before anything else. There may be an interesting “ghost story” involved, but the true story involves the tragic lives and deaths of a real family. Six people were killed in Amityville on November 13, 1974, and four of them were innocent children. The man who killed them was a son and a brother who was struggling in his life as well. I sometimes think that fact gets forgotten in all the chaos surrounding the idea of a haunted house, but I’d like to make sure we remember the DeFeo family respectfully.
What People Think They Know About The Amityville Horror House
Most people’s knowledge of The Amityville Horror comes from the movies.
There have been quite a few films made about this incident, but the two most popular are the the 1979 and 2005 versions, both called The Amityville Horror.
The story those movies tell is pretty basic, and it’s the story most people accept as true.
1. A Book Came Out Before The Movie
2. Timing Was Really Important
3. People Were Murdered There, But The House Is Not Haunted
4. A Family Currently Lives In The House
5. But The House Looks Drastically Different Than It Does On Screen
6. The House Sold For $850,000 — And That’s A Serious Markdown
7. It’s Not Really A Tourist Attraction
8. But People Visit Anyway
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This post was written by Nadia Vella