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On This Day… The Amityville Horror Story!

Written by: George Chittenden : 12 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 13th Nov, back in 1974 when the real Amityville Horror took place, a mass murder that inspired a book and several films. It was early evening when a 23-year-old man named Ronald DeFeo entered a bar in Amityville, Long Island, New York, and begged the people there for help, telling them that he thought his parents had been shot.

A small group of concerned people went to his house, 112 Ocean Avenue, where they found DeFeo's parents, his two brothers and his two sisters all dead in their beds. At his trial DeFeo's lawyer mounted a defence of insanity, claiming DeFeo killed his family in self-defence because he heard their voices plotting against him.

It was ruled that DeFeo had antisocial personality disorder and was aware of his actions at the time of the crime. He was found guilty on six counts of second-degree murder and was sentenced to six concurrent sentences of 25 years to life.

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