When the murders took place, the house was worth $75,000 and was listed as 112 Ocean Ave. But after the killings, a later owner of the home worked with the post office to get the address changed to 108. (Richard Drew/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
The murders spawned a haunting incident endured by the Lutz family who, a few years after the murders took place, bought the Dutch-colonial on Ocean-Avenue for a steal, and moved in, only to be chased out of the house by a demonic presence and/or ghostly visitations. The ordeal has been referred to as “The Amityville Horror” since 1977, when author Jay Anson penned his best-selling nonfiction book by the same name. The book spawned a 1979 movie starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder (4 skulls). A second book, The Amityville Horror, Part II by John G. Jones was published in 1982. A series of sequel films followed during the 1980s (see images below), which I have never watched. In 2005, an official remake of the story was made starring Ryan Reynolds (3.75 skulls).
The story of The Amityville Horror was continued in a series of books by John G. Jones, with The Amityville Horror Part II (1982), Amityville: The Final Chapter (1985), Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1988) and Amityville: The Horror Returns (1989). In 1991, Amityville: The Nightmare Continues by Robin Karl was published. Famed ghost hunter, Hans Holzer, also wrote books relating the story, including Murder in Amityville, The Amityville Curse and The Secret of Amityville.
William Weber, the defense attorney for Ronald DeFeo, Jr. at his trial, recommended Holzer to DeFeo in 1979 as a way for DeFeo to obtain a book deal telling his side of the story. The 1983 film Amityville 3-D was also turned into a novelization by Gordon McGill. Mentally Ill In Amityville, a factual account of the case by Will Savive, was published in 2008.
Above, left to right: Hanz Holzer’s book Murder in Amityville; The film poster for the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror, starring Ryan Reynolds; A box set of the first four films on DVD; and the poster for the film My Amityville Horror, a documentary mad by the youngest son of George and Kathleen Lutz—The couple who’s experience with demonic infestation at 112 Ocean Avenue was the inspiration for Jay Anson’s 1977 book, and the 1979 film The Amityville Horror.
Hans Holzer’s Murder in Amityville was used as the basis of the 1982 film sequel Amityville II: The Possession and the 1990 film The Amityville Curse was based on the book of the same name.