ByAlex Aronson, writer at
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Alex Aronson

By now, everyone is familiar with the legends that surround the infamous "Amityville Horror" house. In 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his entire family, shooting and killing his mother, father and four younger siblings. One year later, the Lutz family moved into the house that had recently served as the crime scene to the shocking murders. After only 28 days the family fled the house, citing stories of paranormal of demonic forces.

Their story was turned into a best-selling novel, The Amityville Horror, which later became a blockbuster film franchise and catapulted the story and Lutz family into international fame. The Amityville house soon became known as the most famous haunted house in the world.

'The Amityville Horror' [Credit: American International Pictures]
'The Amityville Horror' [Credit: American International Pictures]

After the Lutz family had fled, the house stood vacant for almost an entire year. Soon after the estate turned into the hands of the bank, the Cromarty family was brave enough to purchase the three-story Dutch colonial home, unfazed by the creepy stories that surrounded the house.

While searching the bowels of the internet, I discovered an old news interview with the Cromarty family. The then new owners of the house attempted to defraud the Lutz's story of ghosts and goblins by taking the news crew on a tour of the house, including the infamous "red room" located in the basement.

Take A Look For Yourself

Even though the Cromarty family defrauds a lot of the ghostly stories, it is still very eerie to watch footage of a house that, not long before, was the stage to a grizzly mass-murder. Despite the Cromarty's brave facade, they sold the house not too long after granting the news interview. Their reason is not entirely known, but they persisted that it was not due to any ghostly apparitions.

Since the Cromarty's sold the property in the early '80s, the house has gone through many different owners. Interestingly enough, none of the new owners have lived in the house for a prolonged period. Could it be the nosy fans that continuously drive away family after family, or is there something darker lurking inside the walls of this otherwise beautiful ocean side house?

'The Amityville Horror' [Credit: American International Pictures]
'The Amityville Horror' [Credit: American International Pictures]

One thing is for sure — the fascination with the Amityville house is long from over. A new film, Amityville: The Awakening, starring Bella Thorne is set to open in theaters this June.

I don't know about you, but I would NEVER want to live in the Amityville House. I would, however, turn it into a rental on Airbnb. I bet I could make some major $$$. Would you be brave enough to live there?


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