The infamous Long Island home in which Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and killed his family and whose subsequent owners reported being terrorized by evil forces, had been on the market since June.
The stately five-bedroom, 3 1⁄2-bathroom Dutch Colonial home at 108 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York is infamous for its role in the events surrounding the best-selling novel “The Amityville Horror” and subsequent movies based on the book.
It began in 1974, when a 23 year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and murdered six members of his family in the home while they were sleeping. He later claimed that “voices” told him to kill them.
A year after the DeFeo murders, the house was purchased by George and Kathleen Lutz, who moved in along with their children. However, the Lutz family only lived in the home for 28 days – during which they reported being terrorized by “demonic” forces that caused them to flee the home, abandoning it in fear for their lives.
One-time listing agent Gerald O’Neill of Coldwell Banker Harbor Light, told Today that “there’ve been four owners since the murders and none of them ran out of the house screaming, and there were no strange experiences.”
The house had been listed in June for for $850,000 – down from its $950,000 purchase price in 2010.The details of the current home-buyer are as of yet unknown. Newsweek reported yesterday that the house had found a buyer. Listing agent Jerry O’Neill of Coldwell Banker noted, “We don’t discuss the terms of a sale until it’s closed.”
Still, that hasn’t stopped some from already speculating as to who may have purchased the notorious home. One of the Lutz children who lived in the home with his parents posted about the pending sale on Tuesday. In the comments section of his Facebook post, some speculate that a “celebrity ghost hunter” may be the buyer.
Christopher Quaratino (fka Christopher Lutz) is the son of Kathy Lutz and stepson of George Lutz. Although Christopher has since gone on record to debunk some of the stories surrounding Lutz’ time in the home, he has also made his own claims that there are dark forces at work at 108 Ocean Ave.
According to one of his own Facebook comments, “What caused my families haunting is Not something to Mess With. this is worse than you have been led to believe.”