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THE REAL AMITYVILLE HORROR: The True Story Behind The Brutal DeFeo Murders Settled in an affluent neighborhood in Long Island, New York is the one of the most infamous houses in all of America, or perhaps the world. The house with the iconic double-windows, white siding, and chimney at 112 Ocean Avenue is the home to the one of the most horrific family massacres in histo THE REAL AMITYVILLE HORROR: The True Story Behind The Brutal DeFeo Murders Settled in an affluent neighborhood in Long Island, New York is the one of the most infamous houses in all of America, or perhaps the world. The house with the iconic double-windows, white siding, and chimney at 112 Ocean Avenue is the home to the one of the most horrific family massacres in history, as well as an infamous haunting hoax. The haunting of the Amityville house is much more prominently known than the murders that took place in the same house. The Amityville or DeFeo family murders committed by Ronald “Butch” DeFeo Jr. have gone down in both true crime and pop culture history. The book and the subsequent horror film series about the case continue to fascinate and fear audiences years later. Both cases are clouded in unreliable testimony, profiteering, admitted fabrication, and greed. This is the real story of what happened at Amityville, and the events leading up to this horrific crime.


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THE REAL AMITYVILLE HORROR: The True Story Behind The Brutal DeFeo Murders Settled in an affluent neighborhood in Long Island, New York is the one of the most infamous houses in all of America, or perhaps the world. The house with the iconic double-windows, white siding, and chimney at 112 Ocean Avenue is the home to the one of the most horrific family massacres in histo THE REAL AMITYVILLE HORROR: The True Story Behind The Brutal DeFeo Murders Settled in an affluent neighborhood in Long Island, New York is the one of the most infamous houses in all of America, or perhaps the world. The house with the iconic double-windows, white siding, and chimney at 112 Ocean Avenue is the home to the one of the most horrific family massacres in history, as well as an infamous haunting hoax. The haunting of the Amityville house is much more prominently known than the murders that took place in the same house. The Amityville or DeFeo family murders committed by Ronald “Butch” DeFeo Jr. have gone down in both true crime and pop culture history. The book and the subsequent horror film series about the case continue to fascinate and fear audiences years later. Both cases are clouded in unreliable testimony, profiteering, admitted fabrication, and greed. This is the real story of what happened at Amityville, and the events leading up to this horrific crime.

30 review for The Real Amityville Horror: The True Story Behind The Brutal DeFeo Murders

  1. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    After having watched one of the latest installments of Amityville, The Amityville Murders, I wanted to bring back some memories on the case. This books is ideal for that. You get all the facts on the DeFeos, the murders, Butch's role, Geraldine and later on the Lutzens. To me all the necessary background to this incredible story. If there was a haunting hoax or if Hans Holzer or the Warrens were frauds doesn't matter. This is the hell of a horror story with everything a horror classic needs to s After having watched one of the latest installments of Amityville, The Amityville Murders, I wanted to bring back some memories on the case. This books is ideal for that. You get all the facts on the DeFeos, the murders, Butch's role, Geraldine and later on the Lutzens. To me all the necessary background to this incredible story. If there was a haunting hoax or if Hans Holzer or the Warrens were frauds doesn't matter. This is the hell of a horror story with everything a horror classic needs to stand the test of time. So I absolutely enjoy this fine summing up. Okay, there were some spelling mistakes and errors but overall my eyes were riveted to the text. Recommended, if you want to get a good insight into the Amityville phenomenon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    TheBookWarren

    2.25 Stars — I approached this one with trepidation and my instincts proved to ultimately be correct. It’s not awful, but it’s all a bit.. ‘meh’ I’m going to be honest. Written in a promising style, the central voice to the narrative is inconsistent and at times, jarringly dull. Such material need not be embellished, this is true. However it feels like an over-correction almost such is the weary nature of the writing. There are some intriguing parts here, anecdotal footnotes in which I was extreme 2.25 Stars — I approached this one with trepidation and my instincts proved to ultimately be correct. It’s not awful, but it’s all a bit.. ‘meh’ I’m going to be honest. Written in a promising style, the central voice to the narrative is inconsistent and at times, jarringly dull. Such material need not be embellished, this is true. However it feels like an over-correction almost such is the weary nature of the writing. There are some intriguing parts here, anecdotal footnotes in which I was extremely engaged with, but too often I was frustrated once it got to where it was going. The background and overall setup of the ‘case’ is well researched and does a plum job of filling in the blanks for those in need of such information. The book is given a true crime vibe, a move I believe is the right one for the content. But it is the finer details in which lack the vigour and poise of many similar texts.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Keith Chawgo

    Rehash with nothing new The Real Amityville Horror is a rehash of everything that came before it. The author suffers from conspiracy theories and claiming facts against fiction without any true investigation beyond reading various books on the subject and internet fodder. It would have been interesting if they had actually left their home and interviewed actual people but instead you get redigested hyper babble. A book this short is riddled with typos and grammar mistakes from her cut and paste ap Rehash with nothing new The Real Amityville Horror is a rehash of everything that came before it. The author suffers from conspiracy theories and claiming facts against fiction without any true investigation beyond reading various books on the subject and internet fodder. It would have been interesting if they had actually left their home and interviewed actual people but instead you get redigested hyper babble. A book this short is riddled with typos and grammar mistakes from her cut and paste approach. Some of the conspiracy theories approached are never fully explored nor an open minded approach was used to investigate the issues. You basically have an author with lazy writing skills and close minded approach pushing their own ideologies and agenda forth. It's a shame because with the supposed haunting and original murders, the book could have fully added a dimension to the proceedings instead of a half mast webpage someone decided to self publish. Lazy in every sense of the word. Pitiful. Stay clear.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bookaholic

    Blah... nothing new here...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nancy L. Sullivan

    Boring! I chose the book because I thought it sounded interesting. Bad choice. The book is confusing in that it's timeline jumps back and forth with no explanation. It seems as though the same topic is recycled paragraph after paragraph. Very disappointing. The author accused people of exploitation of the DeFeo murders. Pot meet kettle. Not one new or interesting item is offered. Boring! I chose the book because I thought it sounded interesting. Bad choice. The book is confusing in that it's timeline jumps back and forth with no explanation. It seems as though the same topic is recycled paragraph after paragraph. Very disappointing. The author accused people of exploitation of the DeFeo murders. Pot meet kettle. Not one new or interesting item is offered.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Yaz Pistachio

    Should have been ghostwritten This is a story of murders, demonic possession, exorcism, haunting, fraudsters, and possible incest written in the most boring and laborious way possible. No "personalities" emerge - not the people invo!ved, not the murders, not the haunting. It is just as dry as possible, and poorly written from a structural point of view.. Should have been ghostwritten This is a story of murders, demonic possession, exorcism, haunting, fraudsters, and possible incest written in the most boring and laborious way possible. No "personalities" emerge - not the people invo!ved, not the murders, not the haunting. It is just as dry as possible, and poorly written from a structural point of view..

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Ensor

    The Real Horror is this book With a name like Frances J. Armstrong it hardly seems possible that the author's first language is not English, but apparently it is not. The book has only 54 pages, but it was difficult to finish, so badly is it written. When I did finish it, the first thought I had was gratitude that I didn't waste any money buying it. The Real Horror is this book With a name like Frances J. Armstrong it hardly seems possible that the author's first language is not English, but apparently it is not. The book has only 54 pages, but it was difficult to finish, so badly is it written. When I did finish it, the first thought I had was gratitude that I didn't waste any money buying it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    C

    Despite the negative reviews, I went into this hoping to learn more about the DeFeo murders that predate the infamous tales of haunting. But this book is so poorly written, you would think it was written by a middle school student who only knows how to cite Wikipedia. An example of this occurs in the following excerpt: "In Butch's various stories, another consistency along with claiming Dawn's involvement is that he maintains his innocence in killing his three younger siblings. He has stated on nu Despite the negative reviews, I went into this hoping to learn more about the DeFeo murders that predate the infamous tales of haunting. But this book is so poorly written, you would think it was written by a middle school student who only knows how to cite Wikipedia. An example of this occurs in the following excerpt: "In Butch's various stories, another consistency along with claiming Dawn's involvement is that he maintains his innocence in killing his three younger siblings. He has stated on numerous occasions Dawn was responsible for the death of the younger brothers and sister. This contradicts his previous confession of having killed the entire family." These two back to back paragraphs are all the proof a reader needs to skip this book; how can a statement be a consistency in someones story if it directly contradicts a previous statement by the same person? Furthermore, the first sentence of the second paragraph tells the same exact information as the previous paragraph; as if the writer was desperately trying to just fill space to meet a required book length.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    I Learned Some Things I have been fascinated with the story of Amityville since i was 7 years old. That was my first viewing of the film. It caused a lot of sleepless nights and of course, keeping the lights on all night. When i got a little older, i began to question the validity of the story while simultaneously being scared of it. Ever since, I've read everything i could get my hands on and this book is the most factual that I've encountered. It's short and readable. Which makes sense because I Learned Some Things I have been fascinated with the story of Amityville since i was 7 years old. That was my first viewing of the film. It caused a lot of sleepless nights and of course, keeping the lights on all night. When i got a little older, i began to question the validity of the story while simultaneously being scared of it. Ever since, I've read everything i could get my hands on and this book is the most factual that I've encountered. It's short and readable. Which makes sense because it doesn't take a lot of pages to prove a lie lol Bottom line: Aside from some typos, it's well written and well researched and i would recommend it to anyone interested in the truth

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie

    This book was interesting. The final result is the jury is still out on whether the Luther had any hauntings or not. I think Butch DeFeo was mentally deranged with multiple personality disorder. That would explain the voices he claimed told him to kill. The people I feel for most are the Lutz children for whatever they experienced due what their stepfather George Lutz was doing traumatized them badly. I do think George may have opened the door to some evil spirits who came right in. But what's w This book was interesting. The final result is the jury is still out on whether the Luther had any hauntings or not. I think Butch DeFeo was mentally deranged with multiple personality disorder. That would explain the voices he claimed told him to kill. The people I feel for most are the Lutz children for whatever they experienced due what their stepfather George Lutz was doing traumatized them badly. I do think George may have opened the door to some evil spirits who came right in. But what's worse to me is that he planned this whole thing just to make money. Other people have lived in this house since the Lutzes with no paranormal activity.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Not great but ent set taining Here is my biggest problem with book the author never even tri,we to accept the paranormal side of the story. I am not that I believe it but every time it was brought up it was dismissed The thing that really bothered me were all of the grammatical errors. TBE author spelling names of a person two different ways. The book doesn't seem like it was proofread at all but rather like all the other people he mentions in the book this Author was going for quick buck The au th Not great but ent set taining Here is my biggest problem with book the author never even tri,we to accept the paranormal side of the story. I am not that I believe it but every time it was brought up it was dismissed The thing that really bothered me were all of the grammatical errors. TBE author spelling names of a person two different ways. The book doesn't seem like it was proofread at all but rather like all the other people he mentions in the book this Author was going for quick buck The au th got mentions busy an sons book "The Amityville Horror" a number of times saying he was only in it to make a buck, maybe so but his book waz at least entertaining

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Smith

    Sabrina Smith This author obviously didn't have his/her book edited or proofread before he/she submitted it to the publisher. Usually I don't critique a book at all, except to say I liked the author, and that I had read another one of his/her books. I'm enrolled n a proofreading course, and this author didn't know much about punctuation. Not using proper punctuation and proper tenses of words made reading the book not agood experience at all! I don't plan on reading another book by this author ag Sabrina Smith This author obviously didn't have his/her book edited or proofread before he/she submitted it to the publisher. Usually I don't critique a book at all, except to say I liked the author, and that I had read another one of his/her books. I'm enrolled n a proofreading course, and this author didn't know much about punctuation. Not using proper punctuation and proper tenses of words made reading the book not agood experience at all! I don't plan on reading another book by this author again.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angie Ryan

    This was a good review of all the events at this famous house. I had read another, much longer book about these events many years ago, but I saw that one of my favorite TV shows is doing a two-part series on this over the weekend and I wanted to review everything. I have a strong "always read the book first" mentality. so I did. This was such a messed up thing and it will be interesting to see how the TV show deals with what actually happened and what was faked for money making purposes. This was a good review of all the events at this famous house. I had read another, much longer book about these events many years ago, but I saw that one of my favorite TV shows is doing a two-part series on this over the weekend and I wanted to review everything. I have a strong "always read the book first" mentality. so I did. This was such a messed up thing and it will be interesting to see how the TV show deals with what actually happened and what was faked for money making purposes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Rohrbacher

    Short and quick This book was short and concise. I chose the book because I was interested in knowing more about the house and the hoax. There wasn't much for narrative info and I read it in about 1 1/2 hours. There were many spells g and grammatical errors making it somewhat difficult to understand. With such a short book you'd think it could have been easily proofed with auto-correct. I wouldn't recommend. Short and quick This book was short and concise. I chose the book because I was interested in knowing more about the house and the hoax. There wasn't much for narrative info and I read it in about 1 1/2 hours. There were many spells g and grammatical errors making it somewhat difficult to understand. With such a short book you'd think it could have been easily proofed with auto-correct. I wouldn't recommend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ronna

    Interesting content (the truth behind the hoax of "haunting", some details about the murder trial of the guy who killed his family in the house), but the writing is middle-school level terrible. Grammar errors, punctuation problems, incomplete sentences, spelling someone's name differently from page to page... yeesh! Reminded me of reading 8th graders' papers. Interesting content (the truth behind the hoax of "haunting", some details about the murder trial of the guy who killed his family in the house), but the writing is middle-school level terrible. Grammar errors, punctuation problems, incomplete sentences, spelling someone's name differently from page to page... yeesh! Reminded me of reading 8th graders' papers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    The first thing that comes to my mind is THANK GOD this book was free. It was really, really bad. The author was constantly saying one thing in one paragraph and then saying the opposite in the next. And sooo many typos. Not even sure it should get a star.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Horrible! There were so many grammatical and spelling errors that I struggled to read this book. The storyline was all over the place and characters were either introduced numerous times, or not at all. I do not recommend, thank goodness it was a freebie.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Uffda This book bounced around. Very interesting facts but could have used a few edits. All in all, I think the author had some good points but needed a better way to tell the story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Did anyone proof read this book before publication? There were so many typos and grammatical errors it almost made this book too difficult to read. Thankfully this was only 100 pages as it was hardly engaging. Not recommended.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lolapaige

    Is it honestly too much to ask for writers to have editing?! This was a difficult read. Far too much jumping around, punctuation and spelling errors. There was a lot of repeating going on as well. It read like it was written by someone short on sleep and time.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hayden Fogas

    Written by a 4 year old? Absolutely horrific. I couldn't even finish this book. The writing is absolutely horrendous and disjointed. It is impossible to follow. Don't waste your time. If you're interested in the DeFeo murders, just read about it on Wikipedia. Written by a 4 year old? Absolutely horrific. I couldn't even finish this book. The writing is absolutely horrendous and disjointed. It is impossible to follow. Don't waste your time. If you're interested in the DeFeo murders, just read about it on Wikipedia.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chabela Bracero

    Not worth it! This is just some he said, she said type of book. Vague explanations and terrible editing! Waste of time! Seems like it’s one sided and mostly just opinions of characters!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tami Williamson

    Very Poorly Written A very disappointing read. Full is contradictory viewpoints by the author. Written badly with a great deal of errors. Definitely would not recommend.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Kayser

    Meh Not absolutely terrible but the massive spelling and grammatical errors really ruined this book. Only read this if you don't already know tge story. Meh Not absolutely terrible but the massive spelling and grammatical errors really ruined this book. Only read this if you don't already know tge story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    This was ok. Writing could have been better but interesting read. I have enjoyed this ever since watching it as a kid many years ago.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anna DiMonte

    It was an interesting compilation of different articles and books, but the grammar and overall quality was low. I’d recommend it as a quick read, but it’s nothing amazing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    nicholas thompson

    Interesting The story was interesting but the writing was awful but I thought it was real and never considered it being a hoax.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brittany J. Clark

    Quick overview of who what where and when. Good starting point to pique interest. Not for anyone looking for an immersive read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    What is the truth? Is the story true or is it a hoax? I wanted to know more about the DeFoes and the murder of the family. Gave me some details but not the story

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Quick read Read this in approx 1 hour. It doesn't really explain anything it just narrates all the different lies and versions of events. So none the wiser Quick read Read this in approx 1 hour. It doesn't really explain anything it just narrates all the different lies and versions of events. So none the wiser

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