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The home has been remodeled in the last three decades, and the original address, 112 Ocean Ave., was even changed by previous owners James and Barbara Cromarty to protect their privacy, Newsday reported.
Past owners have said the only scary thing about the home were the occasional gawkers who drove or walked by on Halloween night.
Amityville real estate agent Jerry O'Neill, of Coldwell Banker Harbor Light, told Newsday he believes the house is fairly priced and would make a beautiful family home.
"It's a gorgeous, big center-hall colonial with a finished basement," O'Neill said. "Nothing spooky about it."
Attention horror-movie enthusiasts and ghost hunters: The Amityville Horror house is on the market. But not the one from the legendary film—the one where several people were actually murdered and later residents claim to have been haunted. Yikes.
The five-bedroom Dutch Colonial in Long Island, N.Y. is the site where Ronald DeFeo Jr. infamously shot six of his sleeping family members. It is also the setting of the events that gave rise to Jay Anson’s book The Amityville Horror: A True Story, which, according to then-owners George and Kathleen Lutz, included spontaneous levitation and slime oozing from the walls.
Since the success of the 1979 movie (and 2005 remake) based on Anson’s book, the house at 112 Ocean Avenue (changed to 108 Ocean Avenue in an effort to reduce gawker traffic) has been heavily renovated, reports the BBC. These improvements, along with the property’s canal-front location, reportedly account for the home’s large asking price.
pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings
on THIS HOUSE and on all that shall hereafter
inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men
ever rule this roof."
- John Adams, second President of the United
The House Of Horrors Facts and Fictions...
112 Ocean Avenue remained empty for thirteen months after the DeFeo murders. In December 1975, George and Kathleen Lutz bought the house for what was considered to be a bargain price of $80,000. The six-bedroom house was built in Dutch Colonial style, and had a distinctive gambrel roof. It also had a swimming pool and a boathouse, as it was located on a canal.
novel is said to be based on these events
but has been the subject of much controversy.
The house featured in the novel and its film
versions still exists, but has been renovated
and the actual Amityville House's address
has been changed in order to discourage thrill
seekers from visiting it. Because of the notoriety
whether the house is haunted or not if only
in the publics eye it is the most well known
and often considered by most as the best most
real haunted house in the world. But is it?
by Kim Hardy
My deep seated
long hard fascination with the Amityville
Horror has burnt inside me for many years.
In trying to understand that, I set out to
find all the information I could on it's history
haunting's and murders. In trying to put it
all into words I found much of the facts scattered
through out the internet.
Yes as we all
know "The Amityville Haunted House"
haunts us all but the facts are very scattered,
so I try now in my most hard hearted effort
to present to you the actual facts that are
out there. Including interviews with George
Lutz his family and Ronald ("Butch")
Joseph DeFeo Junior. After going through this
story you might just be more afraid then if
you lived in the house itself.
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The DeFeo Stigmatized
property residence was a large, rambling,
three-story Dutch Colonial home built in 1925.
Because the property was long and narrow,
the dark-shingled house sat sideways with
the front door facing the elongated driveway.
At the end of the DeFeos’ 237-foot-long
lot sat their boathouse, right at the edge
of the Amityville Creek.
of the call to the Amityville police department:
is Suffolk County Police. May I help you?"
Man: "We have a shooting here. Uh, DeFeo."
Operator: "Sir, what is your name?"
Man: "Joey Yeswit."
Operator: "Can you spell that?"
Man: "Yeah. Y-E-S W I T."
Operator: "Y-E-S . .
Operator: ". . . W-I-T. Your phone number?"
Man: "I don't even know if it's here.
There's, uh, I don't have a phone number here."
Operator: "Okay, where you calling from?"
Man: "It's in Amityville. Call up the
Amityville Police, and it's right off, uh
. . .Ocean Avenue in Amityville."
Man: "Ocean Avenue. What the ... ?"
Operator: "Ocean ... Avenue? Offa where?"
Man: "It's right off Merrick Road. Ocean
Operator: "Merrick Road. What's ... what's
the problem, Sir?"
Man: "It's a shooting!"
Operator: "There's a shooting. Anybody
Operator: "Anybody hurt?"
Man: "Yeah, it's uh, uh -- everybody's
Operator: "Whattaya mean, everybody's
Man: "I don't know what happened. Kid
come running in the bar. He says everybody
in the family was killed, and we came down
Operator: "Hold on a second, Sir."
(Police Officer now takes over call)
Police Officer: "Hello."
Police Officer: "What's your name?"
Man: "My name is Joe Yeswit."
Police Officer: "George Edwards?"
Man: "Joe Yeswit."
Police Officer: "How do you spell it?"
Man: "What? I just ... How many times
do I have to tell you? Y-E-S-W-I-T."
Police Officer: "Where're you at?"
Man: "I'm on Ocean Avenue.
Police Officer: "What number?"
Man: "I don't have a number here. There's
no number on the phone. "
Police Officer: "What number on the house?"
Man: "I don't even know that."
Police Officer: "Where're you at? Ocean
Avenue and what?"
Man: "In Amityville. Call up the Amityville
Police and have someone come down here. They
know the family."
Police Officer: "Amityville."
Man: "Yeah, Amityville."
Police Officer: "Okay. Now, tell me what's
Man: "I don't know. Guy come running
in the bar. Guy come running in the bar and
said there -- his mother and father are shot.
We ran down to his house and everybody in
the house is shot. I don't know how long,
you know. So, uh . . ."
Police Officer: "Uh, what's the add ...
what's the address of the house?"
Man: "Uh, hold on. Let me go look up
the number. All right. Hold on. One-twelve
Ocean Avenue, Amityville."
Police Officer: "Is that Amityville or
Man: "Amityville. Right on ... south
of Merrick Road."
Police Officer: "Is it right in the village
Man: "It's in the village limits, yeah."
Police Officer: "Eh, okay, what's your
Man: "I don't even have one. There's
no number on the phone. "
Police Officer: "All right, where're
you calling from? Public phone?"
Man: "No, I'm calling right from the
house, because I don't see a number on the
Police Officer: "You're at the house
Police Officer: "How many bodies are
Man: "I think, uh, I don't know -- uh,
I think they said four."
Police Officer: "There's four?"
Police Officer: "All right, you stay
right there at the house, and I'll call the
Amityville Village P.D., and they'll come
would find an additional two bodies, bringing
the Ocean Avenue death toll to six. Six of
seven members of the Ronald DeFeo family had
been methodically murdered as they slept in
their beds, leaving Ronald DeFeo, Jr., as
the sole survivor of the grisly suburban bloodbath.
All six of
the victims were found lying face down in
their beds with no signs of a struggle or
sedatives having been administered, leading
to claims that someone in the house would
have been woken up by the noise of the gunshots.
Neighbors did not report hearing any gunshots
being fired. The police investigation concluded
that the victims had been asleep at the time
of the murders, and that the rifle had not
been fitted with a silencer. Police officers
and the medical examiner who attended the
scene were initially puzzled by the rapidity
and scale of the killings, and considered
the possibility that more than one person
had been responsible for the crime. Ronald
DeFeo has given several accounts of how the
killings were carried out, all of them inconsistent.
30, 2000, Ronald DeFeo gave an interview to
Ric Osuna, the author of The Night the DeFeos
Died, which was published in 2002. DeFeo claimed
that he had committed the murders "out
of desperation" with his sister Dawn
and two unnamed friends. He claimed that after
a furious row with his father, he and his
sister planned to kill their parents, and
that Dawn murdered the children in order to
eliminate them as witnesses. He said that
he was enraged on discovering his sister's
actions, knocked her unconscious on to her
bed and shot her in the head. Attempts to
contact the two alleged accomplices have failed,
since one died in January 2001 and the other
is said to have entered a witness protection
program. Ronald DeFeo Junior had a stormy
relationship with his father, but why the
entire family was killed remains unclear.
The prosecution at his trial suggested that
the motive for the murders was to collect
on the life insurance policies of his parents.
shot of Ronald DeFeo. taken shortly
after his arrest
("Butch") Joseph DeFeo Junior
(born September 26, 1951) is an American
murderer. He was tried and convicted
for the 1974 killings of his father
and mother, two brothers and two sisters.
The case is notable for being the real
life inspiration behind the book and
film versions of The Amityville Horror.
At around 6:30 on the evening of November
13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo Junior burst
into Henry's Bar in Amityville, Long
Island, New York and declared: “You
got to help me! I think my mother and
father are shot.” DeFeo and a
small group of people went to 112 Ocean
Avenue, which was located not far from
the bar, and found that DeFeo's parents
were indeed dead. One of the group,
Joe Yeswit, made an emergency 911 call
to Suffolk County Police, who searched
the house and found that six members
of the same family were dead in their
The Offical Website of Ronald DeFeo.
This site explores the Injustices of
Suffolk County PD and the corruption
within the 1975 trial of Ronald DeFeo
were Ronald DeFeo Senior, 43, Louise DeFeo,
42, and four of their children, Dawn, 18,
Allison, 13, Marc, 11, and John Matthew, 9.
All of the victims had been shot with a .35
caliber lever action Marlin rifle at around
three o'clock in the morning of that day.
DeFeo's parents had both been shot twice,
while the children had all been killed with
Junior was the eldest son of the family, and
was also known as "Butch". He was
taken to the local police station for his
own protection after suggesting to police
officers at the scene of the crime that the
killings had been carried out by a mob hit
man named Louis Falini. However, an interview
with DeFeo at the station soon exposed serious
inconsistencies in his version of events,
and the following day he confessed to carrying
out the killings himself. He told detectives:
"Once I started, I just couldn’t
stop. It went so fast."
began on October 14, 1975. He and his defense
lawyer William Weber mounted a defense of
insanity, with DeFeo claiming that voices
in his head had urged him to carry out the
killings. The insanity plea was supported
by the psychiatrist for the defense, Doctor
Daniel Schwartz. The psychiatrist for the
prosecution, Doctor Harold Zolan, maintained
that although DeFeo had an antisocial personality
disorder and was an abuser of heroin and LSD,
he was aware of his actions at the time of
the crime. On November 21, 1975, DeFeo was
found guilty on six counts of second-degree
murder. On December 4, 1975, Judge Thomas
Stark sentenced Ronald DeFeo Junior to six
consecutive sentences of 25 years to life.
DeFeo is currently held in Green Haven Correctional
Facility, Beekman, New York, and all of his
appeals to the parole board to date have been
Over the years
there have been many stories written about
the DeFeo's, and the events that took place
version of events tells of a woman named Geraldine
Gates who has claimed to have been married
to Ronald DeFeo in 1974, and she claims her
daughter is Ronald's child. This website debunks
Geraldine Gates's claims of ever having known
the DeFeo family, and proves beyond a shadow
of a doubt the stories she told Ric Osuna
for his book "The Night the Defeos died,"
is pure fantasy and fabrication. http://thenightexposed.net/
explores the Injustices of Suffolk County
PD and the corruption within the 1975 trial
of Ronald DeFeo Jr. It also contains pages
for the victims, the family, and a case files
page. The bios page will give you an insight
into some of the people mentioned here and
within the Amityville Horror community.
Amityville Horror House Which Was Shot In
BOOK THAT STARED IT ALL
The Amityville Horror
is best known as the setting of the novel
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson which was
published in 1977, and has been turned into
a series of films made between 1979 and 2005.
1975 George and Kathy Lutz and their three
children moved into 112 Ocean Avenue but left
after twenty-eight days, claiming to have
been terrorized by paranormal phenomena produced
by the house.
the moment that they moved into the house,
the Lutz family would insist they noticed
a paranormal presence in the house.
Ronald DeFeo Jr.'s trial attorney, discusses
how the Amityville Horror story was made up.
Horror - Good Morning America
Kathy Lutz appear on Good Morning America
on July 26, 1979, alongside actor James Brolin
(who played George Lutz in the original Amityville
But the most
distinguishable characteristic of 112 Ocean
Avenue was its dramatic front yard. Overlooking
the street were two quarter-moon windows that
looked like eyes, a feature common in Dutch
Colonial homes. On the front lawn stood a
lamp post with a sign attached that read “High
Hopes,” a symbolic title of the family’s
life in suburbia. Kneeling behind the sign
were three figurines of children praying to
a larger statue of St. Joseph holding the
property is a term used in the real estate
business which describes possible detrimental
features of a property or home, all the
result of unfortunate occurrences. These
can include murder, suicide and torture,
in addition to a belief that a house may
though a particular buyer may not care about
any stigma attached to the property, the
stigma may make it very difficult to resell
in the future. Therefore, while a buyer
may or may not believe in supernatural phenomena,
he/she may want to know about a property's
bloody past. However, depending on the jurisdiction
of the house, the seller may not be required
to disclose the full facts.
After a attempted
exorcism, a Catholic priest entered the house,
after agreeing to exorcize it, an eerie, disembodied
voice told him to "get out". The
horror of this haunted house reached even
more dramatic proportions. Loud banging and
scratching sounds, a demonic creature was
seen outside the windows at night, George
Lutz reportedly became "possessed"
by some unseen spirit and green slime oozed
from the walls and ceiling.
Local New York
television’s Channel 5 “investigated”
the alleged haunting by bringing in alleged
psychics together with “demonologist”
Ed Warren and his wife Lorraine, a professed
“clairvoyant.” The group held
a series of séances in the house. One
psychic claimed to be ill and to “feel
personally threatened” by shadowy forces.
Lorraine Warren pronounced that there was
a negative entity “right from the bowels
of the earth.” A further séance
was unproductive but psychics agreed a “demonic
spirit” possessed the house and recommended
exorcism (Nickell 1995).
was further terrified by ghostly apparitions
of hooded figures, flies that appeared from
nowhere, cold chills, personality changes,
sickly odors, objects moving about on their
own, the repeated disconnection of their telephone
service and communication between the youngest
Lutz child and a pig that she called "Jodie".
Kathy Lutz reported that she was often beaten
and scratched by unseen hands and that one
night, she was literally levitated up off
managed to hold out for 28 days before they
gathered up their possessions and fled from
the house. According to their story, they
left so quickly that they didn't take their
furniture or many of their other possessions
with them. The demonic spirits, they said,
had driven them from their home.
1976, not long after the Lutz family left
the house, local residents were stunned to
see New York Channel 5's news team doing a
live news feed from the house on Ocean Avenue.
The news crew filmed a séance and a
dramatic "investigation" of the
place conducted by Ed and Lorraine Warren,
two of America' most famous "demonologists".
At the most recent
count in the land of remakes and sequels,
the story of The Amityville Horror has been
the subject of nine major Hollywood films.
was hesitant when he was first offered the
role of George Lutz. He was told that there
was no script and that he must obtain a copy
of Jay Anson's novel and read it as soon as
possible. Brolin started the book one evening
at seven o'clock and was still reading at
two o'clock in the morning. He had hung a
pair of his pants up in the room earlier and
at a really "tense" part in the
book, the pants fell down from wherever they
had been hanging. Brolin jumped out of his
chair, nearly crashing his head into the ceiling.
It was then that Brolin said, "There's
something to this story." He agreed to
do the movie.
Edition - Amityville - Hoax or Horror?
Quaratino Lutz, step son of former 112 Ocean
Avenue owner George Lutz, describes his opinions
of the Amityville events and the most recent
Amityville Horror (1979)
advertisement The outdoor scenes of the movie
were not filmed in Amityville, Long Island,
but rather Toms River, New Jersey. Local police
and ambulance workers played extras.
The Toms River, New
Jersey volunteer Fire Company Number One was
used to provide the "rain" during
one of the exterior scenes. If you look closely,
you can see that it is sunny and not "raining"
in the background, the next street over.
This film's theatrical success was followed
by two theatrically released sequels - Amityville
II: The Possession (1982) an official sequel/prequel;
Amityville 3-D (1983), not an official sequel;
and five direct-to-video low-budget sequels
released from 1989 to 1996. Then there's The
Amityville Horror (2005), based on the book
written by Jay Anson.
Jay Anson who wrote the book "The Amityville
Horror" actually wrote out a screenplay
for this film only for the producers to turn
it down. Eventually they found Sandor Stern
and liked his take on it so he was hired for
Even though James Brolin became friendly with
George Lutz and his children, he was highly
doubtful of their story.
James Brolin said he didn't get a job for
two years after doing this movie because of
cruelty of his character.
is terrorized by demonic forces after moving
into a home that was the site of a grisly
mass-murder. George & Kathy Lutz and Kathy's
3 children are moving into an elegant Long
Island home. What they don't know is that
6 gruesome murders were committed there the
year before - Ronald DeFeo Jr., the oldest
son in the family, murdered his parents, his
2 brothers & 2 sisters by shooting them
with a .35 caliber in November of 1974. No
sooner are the Lutzes moved into the house
than they begin seeing horrible things - the
ghost of Jodie DeFeo, horribly disfigured
bodies - and hearing ghostly voices throughout
the house. George seems to notice it the most,
and it isn't long before he becomes a danger
to those around him. When the local priest,
called in to bless the house, comes charging
out in horror after being swarmed by flies,
he issues a dire warning to Kathy - 'Leave
that house'. But will they be able to escape
before the house and its vengeful spirits
take control of George - and make him into
a deadly menace?
movies establish an atmosphere of normalcy,
which they gradually rupture with spooky or
creepy or stomach-churning images. The Amityville
Horror--a remake of the 1979 movie about a
possessed house that torments the family that
moves into it--tosses normalcy out the window
in the first five minutes, unleashing a nonstop
barrage of unsettling camera angles, decaying
wood and stained wallpaper, half-glimpsed
shadows in motion, fast edits of grotesque
ghosts, and dozens of other horror-movie devices.
Whether you like the movie will depend on
whether you like feeling slightly nauseated
and cut off from any semblance of reality--for
many people, that's why they go to horror
movies. Others won't be able to suspend disbelief
that anyone but an actor would spend the time
necessary to develop Ryan Reynold's insanely
buff physique, prominently displayed as he
runs around wearing nothing but a pair of
loose-fitting pajama bottoms. In addition
to Reynolds (Van Wilder, Blade: Trinity),
the movie also features Philip Baker Hall
(Magnolia) and Melissa George (Down With Love).
From Michael Bay, the producer of "The
Texas Chainsaw Massacre," comes the true
story of Amityville. In November 1974, a family
of six was brutally murdered. Now, a year
later, an unsuspecting young couple, George
(Ryan Reynolds, "Blade: Trinity,"
"The In-Laws") and Kathy Lutz (Melissa
George, TV's "Alias"), and their
children move into the house that was the
site of the horrific event and is now haunted
by a murderous presence. What follows is 28
days of unimaginable terror. With demonic
visions of the dead and relentless screams
of terror, this is the haunted house story
that isn't just a movie - it's real.
The Amityville Horror Collection (The Amityville Horror/Amityville II: The Possession/Amityville 3-D/Bonus Disc - Amityville Confidential)
During the period that the Lutz family was
living at 112 Ocean Avenue, Stephen Kaplan,
a self-styled vampirologist, was called in
to investigate the house. Kaplan and the Lutzes
fell out and Kaplan went on to write a critical
book entitled The Amityville Horror Conspiracy
with his wife Roxanne Salch Kaplan. The book
was published in 1995 and Stephen Kaplan died
of a heart attack in the same year. On the
night of March 6, 1976 the house was investigated
by Ed and Lorraine Warren, a husband and wife
team described as demonologists, together
with a crew from the television station Channel
5 New York. During the course of the investigation
a photograph was taken allegedly showing a
demonic boy with glowing white eyes.
The house was
also investigated by the parapsychologist
Hans Holzer. The Warrens and Holzer have suggested
that 112 Ocean Avenue is occupied by malevolent
spirits due to the past history of the house.
In recent years
many web sites devoted to the Amityville Horror
have sprung up, often taking a strong stance
either for or against the events. Virtually
every aspect of the story has been disputed
at some point, and rivalry between researchers
has been a long standing feature of the case.
The 2005 film says that the basement of the
house was built in 1692, but 112 Ocean Avenue
- also known as High Hopes - was built around
1924 for John and Catherine Moynahan. It is
a six bedroom house in the Dutch Colonial
revival style, with a distinctive gambrel
roof. In the film versions, the house was
renamed 412 Ocean Avenue.
The That's Incredible team investigates
claims by the Cromarty family that the Amityville
"Horror House" (which they bought
a year after the Lutzes fled) is not haunted,
after all - and that the whole haunting was
a fraud. Check out how Mrs Cromarty proves
the front door was never broken/repaired with
the help of her magic screwdriver!
One of the victims of the September 11, 2001
attacks, Peter O'Neill, lived in the house
from 1987 to 1997.Also, the actress Christine
Belford lived in the house from 1960 to 1965
Eminem recorded a song called Amityville for
his 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP. The
lyrics of the song are controversial and contain
LAS VEGAS --
George ''Lee" Lutz, whose brief stay
in an Amityville, N.Y., house spawned one
of the most famous haunted house stories ever,
has died of natural causes. He was 59. Mr.
Lutz, a Las Vegas resi- dent, died on May
8, 2006, his lawyer, Larry Zerner of Los Angeles
said. The Clark County coroner listed the
cause as heart disease. Lutz, a former land
surveyor, became famous after moving his new
bride and three children into a Dutch colonial
house on Long Island in 1975. About a year
earlier, six members of the DeFeo family had
been shot and killed in the house. Ronald
DeFeo Jr., the eldest son, was later convicted
of those mur- ders. The Lutzes lived in the
house for 28 days before being driven out.
The family's eerie tales became the source
for Jay Anson's 1977 book, ''The Amityville
Horror," along with a 1979 film. The
book and movies chronicled horrors that include
visions of walls oozing blood, furniture that
moves, and a visit from a demonic pig named
Jodie. The fran- chise made a cult figure
of Mr. Lutz, who some claimed bore a likeness
to Ronald DeFeo. He passionately defended
himself against those who accused him of intentionally
moving in- to the house to profit from the
DeFeo mur-ders. The Amityville tale and the
rights to profit from it led to a tangle of
litigation involving the Lutzes, publishers,
and others. After fleeing the home and abandoning
their possessions, the Lutzes moved to San
Diego, briefly selling Amway products. His
former wife, Kathy Lutz, died of emphysema
on August 17, 2004. The couple were divorced
in the late 1980s.
The 1995 book
The Amityville Horror Conspiracy by Stephen
and Roxanne Kaplan was critical of the Lutzes'
version of events.
Anson, Jay - The Amityville Horror (1977)
Auerbach, Loyd - ESP, Hauntings & Poltergeists
Guiley, Rosemary Ellen - Encyclopedia of Ghosts
& Spirits (2000)
Jarvis, Sharon - True Tales of the Unknown:
Beyond Reality (1991)
Kaplan, Dr. Stephen & Roxanne Salch Kaplan
- The Amityville Horror Conspiracy (1995)
Lynott, Douglas B. - The Real Amityville Horror
Sullivan, Gerald & Harvey Aronson - High
Hopes: The Amityville Murders (1981)
A 10 year owner
of 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville NY, tells
some of the made up stories about the Amityville
Horror story and the house.
The man who
later lived there for eight months said he
had experienced nothing more horrible than
a stream of gawkers who tramped onto the property.
Similarly the couple who purchased the house
after it was given up by the Lutzes, James
and Barbara Cromarty, poured ice water on
the hellish tale. They confirmed the suspicions
of various investigators that it was a bogus
admixture of phenomena: part traditional haunting,
part poltergeist disturbance, and part demonic
possession, including elements that seemed
to have been lifted from the movie The Exorcist.
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NOT EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT AMITYVILLE'S MOST
HAUNTED HOUSE DO YOU?
AUTHOR RIC OSUNA EXONERATED IN COURT
NV (October 23, 2005 ) – The US District
Court Southern District New York ruled on
October 17, 2005 against Ronald "Butch"
DeFeo, ordering his “action closed.”
This brings to an end nearly three years of
legal struggles that Ric Osuna, author of
The Night the DeFeos Died: Reinvestigating
the Amityville Murders, has had to endure
in order to validate his work and defend himself
from the defamatory claims made by individuals
looking to prevent his book from achieving
the international recognition it has gained.
2004, DeFeo brought a civil action against
author Ric Osuna and his former publisher,
good friend and Amityville colleague Ryan
Katzenbach, claiming he lied in his book,
made defamatory statements, and stole his
property. Osuna always has maintained that
the case was revenge, filed against him because
he refused to help DeFeo profit from his crime.
The case against Ryan Katzenbach was dismissed
in July, when the court ruled DeFeo was libel
proof. Osuna, on the other hand, held off
until August to request a formal dismissal,
which was recently granted after DeFeo could
not address the merits of his case.
"I am pleased that the New York court,
after carefully weighing all the evidence,
has found that the accusations against me
were without merit and has summarily dismissed
the case. Far too long, certain individuals
have called into question my character to
prevent the truth from being reported and
sabotage my diligent work. This court decision,
like the others, has exonerated not only me,
but also the individuals who have stood by
Ric Osuna is
no stranger to legal action. In 2003, George
Lutz filed a lawsuit against Ric Osuna arguing
several absurd and self-serving claims that
a court of law eventually dismissed. Like
DeFeo’s action, Osuna feels the case
was nothing but an attempt to bully him into
silence. Representing himself, Osuna filed
a 200+ page summary judgment that won four
of the five causes of action. Although in
the court proceeding Lutz never attacked any
of the facts presented in Ric Osuna's book,
Lutz tried to claim that Osuna was guilty
of fraud, conversion of stolen property, trademark
infringement over a domain name dispute, copyright
infringement, and breach of contract. Despite
the fact that in an earlier letter Lutz's
attorney promised Lutz would "own"
him, the court ruled in favor of Osuna, citing
that Lutz's "mere scintilla of evidence
is not enough to defeat a motion for summary
a summary judgment, Ryan Katzenbach said,
"Ric, who moved for summary adjudication
[judgment], had the burden of presenting evidence
and facts that prove, SO CLEARLY, that he
is right and the other side is wrong. In this
case, George and his attorney had the upper
advantage, frankly. Lutz's attorney was fighting
a pro-se Defendant with no formal legal training
As the case
neared the final showdown, Ric Osuna filed
an 18-page motion, expecting to win his case
with an involuntary dismissal of the last
cause of action pertaining to the disputed
domain name. The day before the hearing and
upon the request of Lutz and his attorney,
Osuna settled the last cause of action over
the disputed domain name for no money or damages.
"If any of the opposing parties in these
proceedings would have had a leg to stand
on," Katzenbach quipped, "they would
have prevailed. THEY DIDN'T. George and his
attorney had 80% of their lawsuit blasted
out from under them by a 30-year old with
no formal legal education. Apparently, our
courts can still see the differences between
right and wrong."
Osuna and Ryan Katzenbach were not the only
party to prevail in the courts. Back in 2003,
Butch DeFeo retaliated against his ex-wife
Geraldine because, among other things, she
would not remarry him. The lawsuit against
Geraldine was nearly identical to the one
he would eventually file against Osuna. As
in Osuna’s case, the New York superior
court found Butch DeFeo’s charges to
be baseless. The case was dismissed, helping
secure Geraldine DeFeo’s authenticity.
of these court cases further substantiate
that Ric Osuna’s book, The Night the
DeFeos Died: Reinvestigating the Amityville
Murders, was based on the truth supported
with factual information obtained through
legitimate and proper methods. Osuna picked
up the entire tab for the research, which
amounted to more than $13,000.
“Butch” DeFeo and his current
wife Tracey did not limit their accusations
to court documents. They continued their defamatory
remarks through sensational claims against
Ric Osuna and Geraldine DeFeo made to various
law enforcement agencies. Osuna contacted
these agencies offering cooperation and proof
of his innocence, being proactive with his
defense. The U.S. Department of Justice, the
Suffolk County District Attorney’s office
and the Attorney General of New York State
informed the embattled author that they had
found no wrongdoing on his part. Disbelieving
Butch and Tracey's allegations, in an October
3, 2004 letter to Ric Osuna, the U.S. Department
of Justice wrote that it "does not intend
to initiate a criminal investigation regarding
this matter." For the record, Osuna has
never been arrested or a suspect in a crime
and has even assisted law enforcement in criminal
cases. In fact, Osuna has a clean record and
is a volunteer with the American Red Cross
along with several other prominent community
organizations. He freely gives of his time
to the needy and less fortunate.
a great day." Osuna concluded, "The
absurd allegations, along with the various
parties who have resorted to character assassination,
have been proven false. Their failure only
reinforces the validity of the truth and corroborating
research contained in my book and at my website."