Amityville Horror

The Classic American Haunted House

Why Would Ronald Butch DeFeo Murder his Famiy?


Amityville Horror is a classic american haunted house. A family moved in only to move out soon after because of some ghostly events. It all started when Ronald DeFeo Jr. Shot his family members with his fathers shotgun as they slept on November 13th, 1974 (Amityville: Horror or Hoax, 2016).


Some people think that Ronald DeFeo Jr. Is crazy, or mentally ill (The Amityville Horror, 1979). This is very believable. He first said that he heard voices that told him to kill. He later changed his claim and said that he did it because his parents were abusive and he was drunk and high on heroin (The Amityville Horror, 1979). Other people believe that he killed his family because of the house (Radford, 2005). There were some pretty creepy things that went on when the lutzes lived there. For example, when they had a priest bless the house, he felt a hand slap him and he heard a voice yell "GET OUT" (Amityville: Horror or Hoax, 2016). Also, George Lutz always woke up at 3:15 each morning, which is about when the DeFeos were murdered (Amityville: Horror or Hoax, 2016). A very believed theory is that the Lutzes made up the whole haunting because no one in the house since the Lutz's has reported any strange activity (Amityville: Horror or Hoax, 2016).

Did Ronald Butch DeFeo Murder His Family Because of the House?

I believe that Butch did not murder his family because of the house, but because he was mentally ill. This is the most reasonable theory because I also believe that the Lutzes made up the whole haunting. Butch shot his family then drove to Brooklyn to dispose of his bloody clothes in a storm drain, he told people of the murders that night (Marchman Mcneely, 2015). If he was in his right mind, he would not be able to wait all day before telling anyone about his dead family.
Above is a link to the trailer of the movie "The Amityville Horror", which came out in 1979 (Marchman Mcneely, 2015).