Or: How I Stopped Believing the Hype Because of the Sequel
Amityville. Just about everyone has heard of it. Ask 5 people, and I'll guarantee that you'll get "It's a true story!" at least twice. This is funny despite all the evidence to the contrary that the entire saga was a complete work of fiction, with the exception on the DeFeo murders which "started" the whole thing.
Two of the staunchest maintainers of this hoax are Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens are longtime "demonologists" who were actually at 112 Ocean Avenue shortly after the Lutzes moved out. Why would the Warrens publicly maintain that the Horror actually happened despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary? I have a few theories. One is that the Warrens benefitted greatly financially from the hoax (as did the Lutzes) and it is in their best interests to maintain the charade as long as possible. Second is that they staked their *ahem* "professional" reputation on something that was later proven to be false, but were so deeply entrenched already that it would hurt their egos and standing in the parapsychology community to recant. The Warrens enjoy great celebrity from the Amityville case, along with many others made famous by their sensationalism; they appear on many TV and radio shows, and are hired as consultants for movies. The lectures they give are frequently jam packed with devotees.
The following is Ed and Lorraine's official statement from their website and my comments inline refuting it.
Ed and Lorraine Warren’s most famous case by far is their investigation of the home which was the subject of The Amityville Horror. The Warrens were 2 of 9 people who investigated the home. Even now, 24 years later, the Amityville investigation is their most requested lecture topic. We’ve included some photos here on the website, but to see the most shocking, revealing, and interesting photographs, you’ll need to attend one of the Warrens’ many lectures.
It is convienent that their most irrefutable proof is reserved only for the select true believers who pay to see it. This certainly goes to show that at least one of their motives for perpetuating this myth is financial. But that is neither here nor there...
Over the years, rumors have abounded which claim to prove the Amityville case a fraud. How these rumors started and how they became so ubiquitous is unclear; what is clear is that the Warrens saw the house for themselves, and experienced some of the phenomena which occurred. They have photographs and reports which show remarkable proof of the existence of very remarkable phenomena in that house.
I find it odd that all of the people who accompanied the Warrens for the one and only time they were in the house, all say that absolutely nothing happened while they were there. Ed's "encounter" conviently takes place in the basement while nobody else was there. Lorraine's experiences, of course, are apparent only to her. What would these photographs show? Certainly no flies in the sewing room. Possibly pictures of Evinrude, the neighbor's cat? What reports? The three other people who were in attendance all later said that they experience nothing, and that any claims to the contrary were lies.
It’s believed that the hoax rumor began with a man who called himself Dr. Steven Kaplan, although he held no doctorate degree from any university. This fact was exposed on several occasions, yet that never stopped Mr. Kaplan from making these claims.
The theory of the Amityville Horror can be credited to Dr. Stephen Kaplan (it helps to have the name correct of the person you're attacking). He was the first to suspect that there were games being played well before anyone else managed to jump on the bandwagon. Dr. Kaplan received his doctorate in Sociology from Pacific College in 1977 after publication of his thesis of the sociological impacts of parapsychology. This is a few months after he originally met the Warrens. Possibly the Warrens are going on 26 year old information? In addition, Dr. Kaplan has received a Bachelor's in Sociology, a Master's in Communication Skills, and a second Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies. It is interesting to note that neither of the Warrens have any academic degrees according to the bio on their website. Yet they used to offer non-accredited degrees in demonology with courses being taught in a nearby restaurant. Ironic that the Warrens attack someone's academic credentials, don! 't you think? This is one of the oldest tricks in debate: when in trouble, attack the person instead of the argument. This is a logical fallacy called ad homenim
He was the self-proclaimed president of the Parapsychology Society of Long Island and some other related societies, presumably founded by himself.
Ironic that the Warrens themselves founded the New England Society for Psychic Research (NESPR) in 1952 and have headed that organization since its inception. To accuse someone of the very thing they're doing is called hypocricy. I would be very interested in hearing the Warren's explanation of this.
As far as the Warrens can tell, he hated them
Dr. Kaplan hated no one. I have read Kaplan's book and found him to have a profound dedication to the truth, and the desire to tell it to everyone he could. Who could hate the truth? Only the people who have to benefit from the perpetuation of a hoax. On the contrary, every time that Dr. Kaplan appeared on television or radio with the Warrens, he spent most of his time defending himself from the ad homenim attacks of Ed and Lorraine. Who hated whom?
Mr. Lutz, the owner of the Amityville Horror home called Mr. Kaplan prior to calling the Warrens, and asked him to investigate the situation. Mr. Kaplan came to the home to "investigate" with 6 witches and the Channel 7 news team, and Mr. Lutz threw Mr. Kaplan off the property---and then called the Warrens.
Wow. This is a pretty hefty work of fiction. Kaplan was originally asked by Lutz to investigate the house first, but Lutz changed his mind soon after. Most likely due to Kaplan's promise to go public if he found that the whole affair was a hoax. Lutz's excuse was that he didn't want any more publicity (there had already been quite a few newspaper articles about the Horror already. Strange that Lutz, who didn't want publicity already held a press conference at the office of Ron DeFeo's attorney). Strange then, that shortly thereafter, there was a television special starring the Warrens, 2 psychics, a TV reporter and a member of the Physical Research Foundation. They televised the party holding a seance in the house, with the usual reported results from Ed and Lorraine, with support from the 2 tagalong psychics. Hardly a scientific investigation! Dr. Kaplan never showed up with 6 "witches" or anyone else for that matter. He was asked by Lutz to not proceed, probably because of Kaplan's promise. Lutz had to look elsewhere for a shill to support his story. Enter the Warrens
This started a 20 year vendetta of Mr. Kaplan against the Warrens.
Here we see another classic ad homenim attack. Kaplan had no vendetta against the Warrens, although I believe that he didn't enjoy their persistant attacks on his person, character and integrity while avoiding the real issues of the hoax. I submit that it is actually the Warrens who hold a vendetta against Dr. Kaplan, for he was the biggest threat to the financial windfall that the Horror became, and to their professional reputation.
The basic claims of Mr. Kaplan insisting Amityville to be a hoax were discussed with Ed Warren and Mr. Kaplan on a Long Island radio show. Kaplan insisted that Amityville was a hoax because Jay Anson’s book, The Amityville Horror, has some inconsistencies in it, and it was not 100% accurate.
Kaplan had been on radio and TV several times before, and had been quoted many times prior to the the radio show that the Warrens reference. Each time, he stated his arguments from a growing cache of evidence as to why he believed that the Horror was a hoax. The inconsistencies in Anson's book go far beyond what could be possibly accepted as an honest True Story. Is it an inconsistency or an outright lie when Anson's book said that the priest who never was at the house had the hood of his Chevy Vega fly up into the windshield while he was driving back from Amityville? In case you don't know, the hood of a Vega opens backwards like a Corvette does. But that's is just the very tip of the iceberg. While Kaplan was never able to get a straight answer from Anson, and Prentice Hall always danced around the issue, he was able to disprove that the Horror actually happened irregardless of the book.
The Warrens felt that Mr. Anson’s book was not 100% accurate as well, but only because Mr. Anson was unfamiliar with the terms of art of the field of demonology, not because of any purposeful error on his or Mr. Lutz’s part. Apparently Mr. Kaplan simply could not let go of the idea that he had ruined his chance to become involved in what may be the world’s most famous paranormal investigation, and therefore started the rumor that it was all a hoax.
Well it's refreshing to see the Warrens finally admit that the book isn't 100% accurate (as they used to have stated). But the problems with the book go far, far beyond terminology. To put it succinctly, the book is an outright fabrication. Anson admitted that he never checked the facts of the story, merely transcribed the tapes and rearranged things to be more "interesting". Problems with the weather and lunar cycles, for example. Or even that Anson changed the date the Lutzes moved into the house THREE TIMES! Or cars with hoods that open backwards, suddenly flying open. The book even disagrees with the various published news stories that came out before the book was published. Reading the newspaper articles, you can see the Lutz story evolve. In the beginning, Lutz said that there were no moving objects or levitations. Further down the road, suddenly Kathy is floating above the bed, and lion statues are attacking him!
Mr. Kaplan wrote a book concerning the Amityville story, called The Amityville Conspiracy, and one week before the book was published he died from a heart attack. The book contains far more contradictions and mis-stated facts than The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson. Kaplan was never even inside of the Amityville house (except to attend a party--not as part of an investigation), despite his claims to the contrary.
If Kaplan's book has errors in it, the Warrens are certainly in a perfect position to bring up and discuss these errors, aren't they? Just because the Warrens say that something is wrong, does not mean it is wrong. Identify these errors, present evidence, publish these findings in a scholarly work for discussion and an debate! Please, Ed and Lorraine, point out these contradictions and mis-stated facts! Parapsychology can only be accepted as a mainstream science when investigators all share their evidence, and allow for critical analysis and debate of their findings. Kaplan published his theory and coroborrating evidence to support it. Where is the Warren's book to counter Kaplan's? The Warrens have put out nine books over their careers, and according to them, the Amityville Horror is their most famous and spectacular case. Certainly they could publish a book of their findings! As for the Warren's claims that Kaplan was never in the house, except for a party: hogwash! Kap! lan was in the house several times (once under a somewhat false pretext). He was first to notice several things (including things that the Warrens missed) such as the front door being perfectly intact and not "blown off its hinges" and the true purpose of the infamous red room (a plumbing access space).
Kaplan nevertheless swore that he had photographs and investigative materials. Ed Warren offered him $5000 to show him the hoax evidence, yet Kaplan declined. When Ed Warren asked how Kaplan had conducted his investigation, Kaplan couldn’t even specify what equipment he’d used. Somehow, he managed to lie his way out of every possible detail.
If Ed read Kaplan's book, then I think Dr. Kaplan's widow deserves $5000 from him. The book plainly states the evidence that Kaplan had to support his belief that the Horror was a hoax. As for the Warren's claim that Dr. Kaplan couldn't specify how he had performed his investigation, we have Dr. Kaplan's book versus Ed Warren's claim to the contrary. The reader can make his own conclusion
Ultimately, a Babylon, NY radio station made Mr. Kaplan apologize to the Warrens because they’d uncovered that Kaplan had fabricated the hoax rumor. Kaplan said on the radio program, "I will never go against the Warrens again." Given his health, he was never able to try, although his apology was short- lived.
How utterly unprofessional and uncharitable of the Warrens. Why do the relish the passing of a collegue? I would like to know what day and what station this supposed radio program was aired, to corroborate the Warren's claims. Apart from their website, there is no mention of Kaplan being made to apologize in any book, newspaper or magazine. Surely the Great Dr. Kaplan brought low by Ed and Lorraine would warrant publication in at least one book on the subject? I believe it is that this episode is a complete fabrication. It is easy to attack a dead man- they don't fight back much. But it's also repugnant, unprofessional and I find the way the seem to cackle with glee about Dr. Kaplan's death to be totally lacking in integrity. Only people who hold a true hatred for the man would say something like this. In Kaplan's defense, both times he was put on a live show with either Ed of Lorraine, the Warrens spent the majority of their time attacking Kaplan with ad homieums, trying to tarnish his ruputation and professionalism instead of trying to refuse his findings. I'll let judgement pass on to the reader.
The Warrens found that Mr. Lutz’s descriptions of the paranormal activity in the home were very accurate for a case of demonic possession, although the Lutz’s had never studied demonology--they would not have know how to fabricate the story that they told.
Another falsehood. In both the "higly accurate" Anson book and in Kaplan's book, Lutz admitted to studying the occult. In addition, in Kaplan's book, Lutz admitted to being the friend of one of the biggest names in witchcraft. Strange that while the Warrens admitted that the Anson book isn't 100% reliable just a few paragraphs ago, now say that the book is very accurate. The criteria for a supposed demonic possession are readily available, even back in the 70s. There are several books written on the subject, along with an endless parade of movies and television shows to watch. For example, "The Exorcist" came out in 1973, three years before the Lutz affair. By watching that movie, you are given many of the classic signs of possession. It also makes for a good primer as to what the audience will react to. One can also talk to a Catholic priest. Even in the 70s before the advent of the Internet, it was possible to become well educated in the matter. How d! id Ed and Lorraine become so knowledgeable while everyone else remains ignorant?
But why is the hoax story so popular? Part of the reason was that the chief of police’s son was a newspaper reporter, and the police hoped to get vandals out of the area--since the story had broken, the traffic in the area had been nonstop. An erroneous story was printed in Newsday about how the Amityville case was a hoax, and that helped to perpetuate the hoax myth.
I believe that a better question to ask is why is the hoax itself so popular? It has to be because people like a good ghost story. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence, people still cling on to this notion that it actually happened. Some are taken in by the fact that it says "A True Story" on the cover of the Anson book, and believe that a publisher would never lie to its readers to increase sales. The theory that the hoax story was generated to reduce traffic in Amityville is absurd. Even when one of the co-conspirators, William Weber, admitted to cooking up the story with the Lutzes, the Warrens still cling to this notion that the Horror is real. Numerous stories in other publications, television and radio shows also stated that the Horror was a hoax, not just Newsday. Some of the details in the Anson book are just too far gone to be believed. The Catholic priest who never actually visited the house and drives the Vega with the magically discombobulated hoor! is said to have pleaded with the devil to stop being tormented? I'm suprised the Archdioces didn't sue Prentice Hall on the spot. Possibly most damning of all for the Warrens is the fact that the other people who accompanied them into the house reported absolutely nothing at all, except for a little distress brought on by drinking too much coffee and staying up well past midnight.
But who would have profited from fabricating such a story?
The Lutzes and the Warrens, just to name two. Re-read the first paragraph from the Warren's page on Amityville here, and you will see exactly how the Warrens profit from this: Lectures. Interviews. Membership drives for NESPR. Selling Amityville memorbilia. Being hired as consultants for movies. The list goes on and on.
The Lutzes received little or no money from the books and movies.
Quite untrue. The Lutzes received a very lucrative deal for the book and movie rights. As to whether or not George swindled his wife out of her share is another story.
Jay Anson, the author of The Amityville Horror surely profited from his book, but it seems that no one else did
Nobody else profited from the story? Not the Lutzes? Not Margot Kidder and James Brolin? Not Prentice Hall? Not American Pictures? Not the people who continue the ridiculousness by writing more about the "aftermath" and the people who continue to crank out schlock movies? Not one other person profited from this? The Warrens themselves didn't earn one thin dime as a result of their participation?
Another rumor persists that the Lutz’s lawyer, Attorney Webber, fabricated the story with them over several bottles of wine. Truth be told, the Lutzes didn’t drink and had only a bottle of blessed wine in the house given to them by Father Pecoraro. Rumor has it that Webber wanted to write his own book, but Jay Anson simply beat him to it.
Wildly untrue. Weber admitted on a radio program that he made up the story with the Lutzes. One theory is that George couldn't afford the house and wanted out. Weber wanted to try to get Ronald DeFeo's sentence reduced by trying an insanity plea. It certainly doesn't look good for the Warrens when the Lutzes gave their first press conference at Weber's office. The Lutzes don't drink? It says right there in the "totally accurate except for the terminology" Anson book that George drank. Weber did want to write a book, but it was to be on the DeFeo murders that took place, since he was Ronald's defense attorney at the murder trial. Fact of the matter is, that Weber successfully sued Geroge Lutz over being shut out, and for Lutz marketing it as a "true story". The representative from the Physical Research Foundation that attented the Warren's seance discovered that George already had a book deal signed, and this mere weeks after the Lutz family moved out of the house.
Jay Anson, author of The Amityville Horror had a heart attack while he was writing the last chapter of the book.
Jay Anson was well known for having heart problems and poor health in general. It's not suprising that he would have a heart attack. But it makes good reading, doesn't it?
He recovered from this heart attack but had a second, fatal heart attack while writing his second book “666” on the anti-Christ. These are only two of the many “coincidences” that plague the Amityville story.
The very definition of a coincidence is two ulrelated events appears to have been caused by some common connection. Hollywood is full of such "curses". The Poltergeist trilogy was said to have been cursed, causing the deaths of Heather O'Rourke and Dominique Dunne. The Superman franchise is said to be cursed, causeing Margaret Kidder's insanity (HEY! She was in the Amityville movie too.... It's two curses for the price of one!), Christopher Reeve's paralysis and George Reeves' mysterious suicide.
What follows is a short version of the Warrens’ own story about their Amityville investigation. This was compiled from their oral history taken during a NESPR meeting in October, 1997 (these classes are open to the public--details on how and where to attend are included elsewhere in this web site) We’ve included it here to help dispel the rumors that Amityville was a hoax. The New England Society for Psychic Research strongly believes that only through dissemination of accurate information concerning paranormal activity can the public be informed that such activity really exists--and that evil is among us.
While I agree that with the dissemination of accurate and scientific data, parapsychology may someday be considered something more than a New Age hobby or a pseudo-science at best. But an "oral history" taken more than two decades after the it actually happened is hardly accurate or scientific. Especially when the Warrens didn't enter the Amityville house bent on gathering scienfitic data to begin with. As best as I can tell, no notes were taken by the Warrens, no environmental data, no record of movements by the people visiting, traffic or anything else that would lend even the slightest bit of credibility to their story. Instead we have to rely on their memory of events 20 years later. And who knows what is real and what is.. shall we say 'artistic license'?
It is not until the public understands that this is so that we can begin to combat such forces in our midst. As long as fraud stories persist, and as long as people who experience real such trauma are ridiculed, Satan and evil forces can continue to do their work here on earth. It is only through information and understanding that good can prevail.
Ah, now we start to see the Warrens beging to circle the wagons and start donning themselves in their traditional armor. They are the knowledgable experts and are 'good' while anyone else who asks questions are ignorant and 'evil'. Unfortunately, the Scientific and Socratic methods that people use today go directly against the Warrens creed. To question the Warrens, me, or any other investigator, scientist or expert is to put all of these claims into a crucible and burn away everything else until we have a pure product: the Truth. Who fears the truth? Only those who lie, or stand to profit in some way from deceiving the public. Here, the Warrens begin to take up the 'you are either with us or against us' stance that is seen so often. Back in my church days, all of us children were taught that you either worshipped God or you were a devil worshipper. No agnosticism, no atheism, no Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Wicca or anything else. Such thinking was encouraged. It's up to us to make sure that such thinking does NOT prevail. If something is True and Right, it will stand up to critical analysis.
History of the property: The property was used as a sort of insane asylum for Native Americans who were sick and dying. There had been an enclosure on the property, where the patients were housed. Inhuman spirits revel in such suffering and are able to infest the graves of those who were buried in unconsecrated ground.
Actually, there is no record that the property was ever used for anything else other than as a residence. The Native Americans that still reside on the island, along with the Amityville Historical Society and experts in history all agree that there was no sanitarium at any time on Ocean Avenue, nor did the Indians round up their sick and injured and leave them to die. The insane asylum theory does sound awfully dramatic and a likely cause, though, doesn't it? Think back to where you grew up. I would bet that most of you grew up an an area that had a spooky place, and that its spookiness was attributed to have once been an asylum. If all those asylum stories were true, this country would have had more loony bins, booby hatches and sanitariums than we have 7-11's!
Background: The problems at the Amityville house seemed to stem from the Ronald DeFeo murders on November 13, 1974. Mr. DeFeo hated his father and had plotted to kill him--he’d even worked out a scheme by which he could do so. Mr. DeFeo was on drugs, and his father knew about it. Later he said that there was a shadow ghost alongside of him during the killings which compelled him to shoot his two brothers and his sister at 3:15 am on November 13, 1974.
So the Warrens are believing the story of a heroin addict that killed his family who claims that the Devil made him do it?
Although the houses in this quiet Amityville neighborhood were only 40 feet apart, no neighbors awoke during the shootings. All of the victims were found on their stomachs. The Warrens believe that the victims were in a state of phantomania, which in effect paralyzed them, making them unable to cry out for help.
It could also be that DeFeo turned the bodies over himself. I am suprised, though, that the Warrens would bring up phantomania- it really isn't a word. 'Phantomania' is often used by demonologists and other 'true-believers' to describe the drawing of energy from people in the area whenever a spirit or demon tries to manifest itself. Being in the throes of this convienent phantomania left them too tired and paralyzed to wake up, move or even cry out. I'm not suprised that the Warrens would choose to endorse such a fantasic theory, since it directly supports their 'Devil-in-the-House' theory. While on a different case, Ed had to be educated on what sleep hypnogogia was, which exactly and accurately described the effects his subject was complaining about (difficultty breathing, paralysis, fantastic visions, etc). Ed has concluded that it was a demon succubus sitting on his chest.
How the Warrens became involved: Ed and Lorraine Warren met with a priest, Father Pecararo, and the Lutzes when they were first called in to investigate.
Strange that Father Pecararo (called Father Mancuso in the Anson book) has vehemently denied that anything ever went on in his presence at all. He has even testified to this in Federal court. And to even accuse a priest of making pacts with the Devil as Anson did in his book is simply staggering.
he Lutzes were living at Mrs. Lutz’s mother’s house in Deer Park, NY because they were too afraid to go back to the house to live. They were all but afraid to even speak of the phenomena, so deep was their fear.
Wave some of that proverbial phat bank at somebody, and *poof* that fear always goes away, right? I guess they were able to get over their fear for Prentice-Hall so they could recount their tale for Jay Anson.
They’d even left all of their furniture and possessions behind, not daring to return to move out--it simply wasn’t worth the risk.
It certainly makes it look like they left in a hurry. I suppose they couldn't hire a moving company to go fetch their belongings. In any event Dr. Kaplan recalls a time when he did visit the house for a short time (where he discovered that the 250 pound door was NOT blown off its hinges). A family friend was auctioning off the Lutz's furniture and other belongings at the houe. Hmmmm.
The first time the Warrens went to the house it was with an anchorman from the Channel 5 news, a professor from Duke University, and the president of the American Society for Psychic Research.
The TV anchorman, Marvin Scott, later went on record to say that absolutely nothing happened while there. This was after numerous statements of horrifying activity were attributed to him. The ASPR representative revealed that while he was there, he saw a book contract already signed by Lutz laying out on the table. Nothing to gain, and this early in the game? Methinks something is rotten in the state of New York, and it's not NYC's sewers.
That first day was horrifying. Lorraine received nonstop clairvisual and clairaudial messages about the phenomena which had occurred.
Convienent that Lorraine would be the only one to receive these. With no witnesses and no scientific evidence, I guess we'll just have to take her word, right? Usually people who see and hear things that aren't there aren't called psychics...
Anxious to see for himself whether or not the phenomena was real, Ed, who normally experiences little clairvoyant feelings at all, went into the cellar. The cellar is typically where evil spirits spend their days, and Ed therefore felt that would be the best place for him to start.
Evil spends its days in the cellar? What if a house doesn't have a cellar? Does evil move somewhere else? Rent a room at Motel 666? What does evil do while it's hanging out in the cellar? Play ping-pong? Surf the Internet for porn?
Despite his usual immunity from witnessing phenomena
I believe this was an immunity suffered by just about everyone involved. Except for Lorraine, of course.
Ed saw shadows along with thousands of pinpoints of light. These shadows attempted to push him to the ground. Ed used religious resistance and commanded the evil spirits to leave. He immediately got the sensation of something attempting to lift him off of the ground, and he knew then that this was truly a house of evil. Although he knew that this was serious case, he had no idea how severe it really was. He has never been so seriously affected in any case before, or after, the Amityville Horror case.
Anyone with basic First Aid knowledge will recognize the above as symptoms of a possible heart attack. But then, all we have to go on is Ed's testimony, much like Lorraine's visions, since he bravely went down to where evil was spending the day all by himself.
Lorraine’s Experiences: Lorraine was frightened even before she’d entered the house. She’d contacted some priest friends in advance and asked them to accompany her in spirit into the house. She took relics with her of Padre Pio which she’d received in a letter from a total stranger earlier in the week.
So we have Lorraine, who is obviously quite worked up well before even entering the house. She's already more than halfway to the point where if I said she would see a One-Eyed, One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater, she would see one and describe it in GREAT detail. She would probably also remember when I asked her if she remembers seeing Bugs Bunny at Disneyland
As she went to the stairs to go to the 2nd floor landing, she felt as if there was a huge force of rushing water against her, and the atmosphere around here was solidifying.
Anyone recognize these as symptoms of stress and fright? Of course, all we have to go on this is Lorraine's testimony.
On the second floor, Lorraine went into the sewing room. Marvin Scott, the Channel 5 anchorman, told Lorraine, “I hope that this is as close to hell as I ever get,” as they went into Missy’s room.
Obviously, he was fairly close to Lorraine. No, no.... that's a bad and cruel joke. Truth be told, Marvin Scott never said this and actually sued for this and other quotations falsely attributed to him.
Lorraine immediately clairvoyantly knew that Missy’s room had the same furniture as it had when the DeFeo girls were murdered. Mr. Lutz had let his children sleep in the DeFeo children’s death beds.In the master bedroom, one wall was all mirrors. Lorraine sat on the bed where the DeFeo parents had been shot. Only the mattress on the bed had been changed. The feeling in the rooms was that of absolute horror, and going from room to room did not dissipate the feeling at all. One just seemed more horrible than the next.
Again, we have no corroboration at all. No evidence suggests that the Lutzes were sleeping on the beds that the DeFeos were murdered in. But it makes for nice drama, doesn't it?
It is at this point in the Warren's screed about Amityville, there would be a blurb abour Lorraine psychically encountering Ron DeFeo on the third floor. For some reason, it has been removed from the current version on their site.
Suffice it to say that at the time, Ron DeFeo was alive and well, sitting in prison. He wasn't out haunting his old home while alive.
Once she was downstairs again, she was asked to do something she had never wanted to do after entering the house--she was asked to communicate with the spirits in the house and ask what had really happened. All of the investigators were in the room. The investigator from Duke University actually passed out cold from fear! Two of the other investigators complained of heart palpitations and had to rest on the floor. The house seemed to have the most dire effect on men. Mary Pascarella, the Director of a prominent psychic research group in New Haven, actually became so ill that she had to be taken outside and from that moment forward she never entered the house again.
More lies! The representative from Duke never passed out, and has strenuously objected to having such a lie told about him. Well, maybe the Devil hit him with a memory-wiping ray or something. The heart palpitations can easily be attributed to the long day (it was past midnight at this point), stress and the way too much coffee most of the people there had before going to the house. Another health related conicidence? The investigators all objected to the supernatural attributations of these minor health woes. The only male who claims to have suffered any sort of ailment at all while in the house is Ed himself. Go figure.
Ed and Lorraine Warren left a 1:00am. Both were so affected that they vowed they’d never go back into that house again. But they did....and the Amityville Horror story was born
Swore to never return, yet they did. I guess they take their oaths pretty seriously, eh? heh.