On 13th November 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot and killed six members of his family at 112 Ocean Avenue, a large house situated in a suburban neighbourhood in Amityville.
He was arrested, found guilty, and jailed… And his house was put on the market.
Which meant that, in December 1975, George and Kathy Lutz and their three children moved into the Amityville home.
For the next 28 days, the family were terrorised by unseen forces.
Kathy had vivid nightmares about the murders and discovered the order in which they occurred and the rooms where they took place. The Lutz children also began sleeping on their stomachs, in the same way that the dead bodies in the DeFeo murders had been found.
Things grew steadily worse, with mysterious injuries being inflicted upon the females of the household, strange footprints appearing on the ground, and the discovery of a secret room which did not appear on the blueprints of the house.
Painted completely red, the room was dubbed The Red Room – and the family’s dog was terrified of it.
After deciding that something was wrong with their house, George and Kathy Lutz carried out a blessing on 8th January 1976.
According to reports, George held a silver crucifix while they both recited the Lord’s Prayer and, while in the living room, George allegedly heard a chorus of voices asking them “Will you stop?!”
They attempted a second blessing later that same month – and fled the next day, describing the events that occurred as “too frightening” to ever tell.