The Amityville Curse: Fact & Fiction

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On a cold wet night in November 1974, twenty-two-year old Ronald DeFeo woke from a disturbed sleep, got out of bed zombie-like, and took down his .35 caliber rifle.  He then went from room to room in his suburban home and methodically killed his entire family.

Within minutes, his father, mother, eleven-and nine-year-old brothers, and thirteen- and eighteen-year-old sisters lay dead in their own blood.  DeFeo telephoned the police, and...

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Overview

On a cold wet night in November 1974, twenty-two-year old Ronald DeFeo woke from a disturbed sleep, got out of bed zombie-like, and took down his .35 caliber rifle.  He then went from room to room in his suburban home and methodically killed his entire family.

Within minutes, his father, mother, eleven-and nine-year-old brothers, and thirteen- and eighteen-year-old sisters lay dead in their own blood.  DeFeo telephoned the police, and calmly reported finding his family murdered upon returning home from work.

Forty hours later, DeFeo confessed to the killings.  He was convinced of second-degree murder and sentenced to six consecutive terms of twenty-five years each—a total of 150 years in prison. Though he knows he did the shooting, he still does not know why.

No paranormal events in American history have gripped the public imagination more than the so-called “Amityville episodes.” These incidents, which occurred over several decades, include a mysterious family massacre, a credible case of spirit possession, and unexplained voices and visitations. It should surprise nobody that these “horrors” have spawned several best-selling books and no fewer than nine movies.
 
No one has followed the Amityville story longer than famed author/investigator Dr. Hans Holzer. This veteran researcher of the supernatural has written three books, including two novels, about these ghastly events and their terrifying aftermath. For the first time, these three related works are collected in a single volume. The books are:
 
·         Murder in Amityville, a nonfiction examination of the case that brought this quiet suburban town and its most infamous house to the world’s attention. This captivating book explains the seemingly inexplicable DeFeo family murders through a combination of historical background, insightful analysis, court transcripts and exclusive interviews, including prison conversations with the perpetrator.
·         The Amityville Curse, a supernatural thriller that ventures into the eerie realm of an age-old horror that refuses to be buried. This riveting novel describes what happens when seven friends dare to tempt the spirits.
·         The Secret of Amityville conjures up a tale of anguished ghostly spirits who continue to wreak savage revenge on all those who desecrate their holy ground. Though fictional, this scintillating story is based on local folklore, fact, and expert supposition.
 
Whether you accept the Amityville supernatural claims or merely yearn for a spellbinding read, The Amityville Curse  will keep you awake—and alert all night. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760785355
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 2/25/2007
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Holzer, Ph.D., is a leading authority on the paranormal, psychic phenomena and unexplained experiences. He is the author of more than 100 books, including Ghosts I’ve Met, The Ghost Hunter, and Houses of Horror. Holzer has written, produced, and hosted numerous television documentaries.

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

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    Not a favorite

    I have always enjoyed the stories concerning Amityville, even going so far as finding the house in while I was in high school. I liked to the fictional stories better than the transcripts of court. I did enjoy the commentary by Mr. Holzer but the transcript reading was mostly bland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    Recommended only for the first story

    I have always been facinated by The Amityville Horror. It is, regardless of truth or fiction, one of the most facinating stories for ghostchasers of the 20th century. As such I was interested in finding out about the family who lived there before the Lutz's. The Defeo's were murdered in their own beds by the eldest son, Ronald. Dr. Hans Holzer wrote about them in a very early novel titled 'Murder In Amityville'. It was basically a transcript of the trial and interviews with Ronald Defeo in his recount of what led up to the fateful evening. It has been out of print for many years, but is now re-published in this book. It is the first of three stories done by Dr. Holzer. The first 'Murder In Amityville' is a facinating account of that family and Mr. Defeo. Dr. Holzer does a good job of pacing the trial notes with his own commentary and laying out the facts of the story with Ronald's interview. By the end of the story that average person can make a pretty good assumption about what most likely happened. If you really pay attention to what Mr. Defeo is saying and using a good sense of logic with a little arm chair detective work on the reader's part it is a pretty good guess that there was no 'supernatural' force at work here. Just a screwed-up kid on drugs. However, this doesn't take away from the overall enjoyment of the story. And for this reason I am recommending the first story as a must read. The other two are fictionalized stories by Dr. Holzer about stories that could had taken place, but all in all, only mildly iteresting. Take them or leave them really.

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