The Night the DeFeos Died: Reinvestigating the Amityville Murders

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The Night the DeFeos Died: Reinvestigating the Amityville Murders, finally puts to rest the false myths and misinformation surrounding events that shocked the world more than a quarter century ago. On November 13, 1974, police received a report of a homicide at 112 Ocean Avenue in the Village of Amityville, New York, a sleepy seaside community located on Long Island's South Shore. Once there, the police discovered six members of the DeFeo family -- father, mother and four of their five children -- shot and killed...
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Overview

The Night the DeFeos Died: Reinvestigating the Amityville Murders, finally puts to rest the false myths and misinformation surrounding events that shocked the world more than a quarter century ago. On November 13, 1974, police received a report of a homicide at 112 Ocean Avenue in the Village of Amityville, New York, a sleepy seaside community located on Long Island's South Shore. Once there, the police discovered six members of the DeFeo family -- father, mother and four of their five children -- shot and killed execution style. The surviving son, Ronald "Butch" DeFeo Jr., was eventually charged and tried for the murder of his family and now is serving six concurrent life sentences. Over the years, many contrived myths and legends have endured about the DeFeo murders and the Dutch Colonial house in Amityville. Some theorized a strong supernatural force in the DeFeo home drove Butch DeFeo to kill his family, while others claimed Butch DeFeo killed to receive an inheritance. The Night the DeFeos Died offers incontrovertible proof of the true motives behind this terrible tragedy and reveals Butch DeFeo did not act alone in the commission of this crime. It also shows that the supernatural stories created about the famed Amityville house were nothing but a ruse concocted by Butch DeFeo's defense attorney.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781401046453
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 389
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2007

    Very Impressive Research

    I was around 11 yrs. when this happened....The Amityville Horror Movie scared the heck out of me. I researched the Amityville Horror also as an adult just to see if I could find any truth in the Lutz's story....I had no idea that the DeFeo's was an actual family that was murdered in that house 'High Hopes'. I read High Hopes first, then 2nd. I read The Amityville Horror, & lastly I chose Ric Osuna's novel. I don't understand the negative reviews he received for his novel...obviously it seems it comes from someone that is upset that Ric may have exposed corruption...Ric clearly states in his book before he gets us deeply involved, that he does not side with Geraldine or Butch DeFeo, he's just reporting his research....I thoroughly read 'High Hopes', and the police photo's puzzled me immediately because I thought with all the blood & close range shootings, the blood definitely would have spattered all over the beds & headboards, yet I saw Dawn's headboard was perfectly white in the police photo, obviously looking as maybe the murder didn't even take place on the bed. That 7th person photo, shot in the basement, is very interesting too. Ric did a fabulous job reporting and detailing the truth, that I could not be interrupted or disturbed in any way so I could sink-in and study everything. Ric never has said that DeFeo is innocent, only pointed out all the mishaps & the errors the police did, which we all know can happen today, with technology, more and more cops are corrupted or rotten its caught on video tapes everyday. So after reading this Fantastic book, Ric answered all my questions, & it still clearly told of how Butch still took a human life no matter if it were only 3 or 6, he still murdered...Even though he was mistreated by the law, its because they knew he did it, and obviously he did murder, if Dawn helped him as I believe Geraldine's story, then she paid the price for being involved, if it were Butch & Bobby only, then she died tragically like the rest of her family. I just saw a video tape of a New York cop who pulled over a young man maybe age 19 or 20, & threatened him because of his race that he better shutup and do what he's told or else he'll make something up to haul him in...it was strictly for a traffic violation...the kid clearly stated that he wanted no trouble, and the officer kept on saying come on give me something to do tonight so I can kick your A.., all this was caught on video tape, now the officer is suspended, but his fellow officers plead that they never knew he could do something like this, because in front of them, he was so nice and would do anything for a fellow officer...just goes to show you, you have to protect yourself today. Ric Osuna has written the very best book on the Amityville tragedy that I have a better understanding that I longed for. Sullivan also points out in 'High Hopes', that he had to do a few dirty deeds to pull this conviction off, but can't say I blame him, he had one of the right people, and one is better then none. This is an outstanding read and I highly recommend reading dead last after all other research & I guarantee you'll have your questions answered with this novel. Outstanding work Ric, thanks so much for solving the Amityville Horror for us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2002

    Many questions finally answered

    I was nine when The Amityville Horror swept the nation. By thirteen, I realized that the 'real' horror was the death of the DeFeos, not the ludicrous claims made by the Lutz family. Since then, I've had so many questions...did Ronnie DeFeo kill his family by himself, why didn't any of the family members wake up after the first shot was fired, how could neighbors not have heard the gun blasts, what did those close to the DeFeo family have to say, etc. It seemed that no one cared about what really happened that night...the state got a conviction, and a lot of people got a lot of money off of fictituous books and lame movies. But now, almost twenty eight years after the murders, Ric Osuna has answered all of my questions with this great new book. In addition to the incredible amount of research put into this book, it is very well written. Ric takes an impartial stance throughout, and is not afraid to offer his honest comments, even if they seem go against what the reader is expecting. This book is not 'candy coated' to make for better reading. It is simply a well written account of facts that have, until now, been kept from the public. But, don't think you'll just be reading a bunch of boring documentation. I literally could not put the book down! And it wasn't because of some evil spirit. It was because I had waited over twenty years for answers, and with every page, I was finally getting them.

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    A must for any Amityville fan.

    Ric Osuna gives the most in depth investigation to the Amityville murders I have ever read. He keeps it moving too. A lot of stuff that's in this book, came as a complete surprise to me. Check it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2006

    ballin

    well the book was amazing i was so devistated i mean for someone to take over someones soul well as frequent as it did is wow i mean the family did not deserve to die the way they did

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2005

    Terrible!

    This is one of the worst books I have ever read. The author has based his entire premise on a lady who is clearly a fraud. This 'lady' is a drug addict, criminal and obviously a very lonely, desperate person. She is the sort who seeks out relations with incarcerated convicts (murderers) and hordes dogs and cats in her welfare obtained apartment to the point of animal abuse. The other person who contributed to this book is Butch Defeo himself. A man who has admitted to killing his entire family in cold blood. At least in one of the many, many versions of his ever changing story. Despite, the dubious sources, the person really at fault for this terrible book is the author, who bases his revisionalist history of a terrible crime on statements from two pathological liars. Unfortunately, those who could refute this new unbelievable account of the murders are all dead. A fact, well understood by the author, I'm sure..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2003

    Fantastic, Must Read For Anyone Interested in this topic

    I have read every book based on the Amityville case beginning when I was about ten years old. I also enjoy Kaplan's The Amityville Hoax and Sulivan's High Hopes. This book, however, truly answered many of the questions I've always had about the case. The seventh body is the only new piece of information that puzzled me. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who has a theory about that aspect of Osuna's book. E-mail me at jeffwhite4@hotmail.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    Typos

    I find it interesting and somewhat humorous that Kevin's review points out the typos in the book, when I count at least 8 typos in Kevin's review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    Awesome book- the truth is FINALLY told!

    I've been interested in the 'Amityville Horror' since the movie came out (always been a 'haunting' buff), but also, like so many others, wanted to know what REALLY happened that terrible night and if there was any truth to the stories told by the Lutzes and others. NOW WE KNOW! This is a must have book if you're at all interested in the case, truth and fiction of it. You'll be stunned by the revelations....trust me! Thank you Mr. Osuna for letting the truth be told- finally!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    Badly Researched and Lies

    This book if not the worst is in the top five worst things I've ever had the displeasure to read. Its author Ric Ossuna is a glory hound with a major chip on his shoulder against the Lutz family and the history channel. First of all lets look at his qualifications as a journalist. He has none. He was a security guard and he claims that qualifies him to do research(I won't even mention the other way he makes money). All of his claims are completely unsubstantiated by any evidence(he promised to give documentation in his book WHERE IS IT), further hampered by his poor writing style and seeming inability to use a spell check. The real reason he is writing this has nothing to do with the truth. He was originaly to write a book for the Lutz's. When they saw his many many technical errors(read the book if you don't believe this there are tons of them) George told him to go take some courses in writing and they would wait. Instead he got all insulted and did a 180. This version of events has been further coroborated by the producers of the history channel(from whom he also demanded far more money and credit then he was due he wanted more then the people making it). His claims are also flatly denied by Ronald Defeo Jr the veyr man he is attempting to prove innocent of the crimes. Butch has even filed a law suit against him. He is in fact Stephen Kaplan(title ommited because mail order doesn't cut it for me) mark 2. A very petty man angry at being cut out of any real lasting fame. Both rely heavily on lies and unsuportable statements to back up there theories and both dedicated themselves to making the people who were really involved look bad. Even the Joel Martin the first reporter on the scene of the murders finds his story nonsensical. The police were not incompetent, the neighbors heard nothing no matter what some one wants to claim 20 years later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2002

    You want the truth? Read this book!

    Finally, somebody not out to sensationalize this tragedy has come forward with the results of his extensive investigation into the murder of the DeFeo family. This book is a must read for anyone who has had questions about the murders. Let's see what happens now that the cat has been let out of the bag!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2002

    Night the DeFeos Died: Reinvestigating the Amityville Murders

    This book is a must read for 2002. It is a nicely researched and written expose on the DeFeo murders and Amityville hoax. Osuna's book describes how a corrupt justice system prevented the defendant from getting a fair trial and indirectly inspired the defense to concoct a wild and absurd tale about the DeFeo home. I am recommending this book to everyone I know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2002

    Night the DeFeos Died: Reinvestigating the Amityville Murders

    The story in this book is not your run-of-the-mill true-crime drama. It's 5 stories in 1! Everything from the Mob to corrupt cops are discussed. Hearsay is not a word that would fit this book neither. The level of information presented shows the author took time in gathering information to get to the root of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone entertained by a great book. Most of all, older readers who remember the 1970's Amityville stuff will find out why it all came about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2002

    Amityville Resurrected - Truth Over Hoax

    Most people view the Amityville mystique as fantasy - a haunted house story in Long Island, NY. I came of age when 'The Amityville Horror' became a film (nine-years old at the time) in 1979, and convinced my step-mother to take me to see it. I found myself cowering in the seat, crying, and couldn't take it anymore and begged to leave before the end. After that, my fascination with Amityville became a life-long obsession. I learned, as I got to my teen years, that a family was actually killed in the house prior to the Lutz family's story, and that the son convicted of the murder of his family was possessed by the devil. It made my interest in the Amityville house stronger, and convinced myself it was all true because believing in that genre made life a bit more entertaining. Of course, as I got older still, I became skeptical and picked up any and all information I could obtain on the real stories associated with Amityville. Until now, there has never been one straight story based on the truth, and that is why 'The Night The DeFeo's Died' by Ric Osuna is an important testimony on the murders that took place, and the fantasy to come afterward. This book puts to rest all the hype, rumors, half-truths, and out-and-out lies, and lays down for you the bare-bones truth - some ugly truths about the weakness of human behavior that sadly does exist, and that no novel of fiction can bring home in better fashion than this true-life account of the DeFeo family, their dysfunctionally, and the depth and insight behind why the murders occurred - and its aftermath. 'The Night The DeFeo's Died' is the definitive book on the history of the Amityville house, the DeFeo's, and the Lutzes. And while you can always make room for fantasy ('The Amityville Horror' is a great haunted house story, and a knuckle-gripper of a novel for the dead of night), it's good to know there's also room for accuracy and integrity to tell the real story and to provide the DeFeos their due respect by doing so.

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