The Devil I Know: My Haunting Journey with Ronnie DeFeo and the True Story of the Amityville Murders

The Devil I Know: My Haunting Journey with Ronnie DeFeo and the True Story of the Amityville Murders

by Jackie Barrett
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The Devil I Know: My Haunting Journey with Ronnie DeFeo and the True Story of the Amityville Murders by Jackie Barrett

In November 1974, 23-year-old Ronnie DeFeo was convicted of murdering his entire family. Decades later, he was haunted by a terrifying demon from his past. But no one wanted to listen.

Except one woman.

For years, as the legend of the Amityville Horror murders were retold in print and film, DeFeo withdrew, growing more bitter as his twisted celebrity status increased.

Then he received a note from Brooklyn psychic Jackie Barrett, saying she had been made aware of his presence by an unknown force. She didn't know if he was guilty, innocent, or insane--but she sensed that he was besieged by a fearsome evil.

As Jackie began to talk to Ronnie DeFeo and discover the truth, she realized something startling: She hadn't been guided toward him merely to help him find salvation. There was someone else whose soul needed saving. Someone much closer.

Here, in her own words, Jackie Barrett reveals the details of her astonishing relationship with Ronnie DeFeo, and, for the first time, his revelation of what really happened in that terrible night.

Includes Photos

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425250426
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

For more than two decades, world-renowned psychic Jackie Barrett has been astounding television, radio and guest audiences with her ability to communicate with the dead. Unlike a typical medium, Jackie's unique ability allows her clients to interact directly with the dead. Her client list includes A-list celebrities, notable politicians, professional athletes and business leaders. She has a legion of faithful believers, including various crime fighting units all over the globe, and her sterling reputation has gained her an honorary Captain's badge from the NYPD. Jackie is a leading expert on occult crimes, which has taken her to the darkest corners of humanity. Jackie has appeared on A&E, Bio, WE, MTV, Lifetime, E! and the Travel Channel, as well as in numerous newspapers, magazines and radio.

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The Devil I Know: My Haunting Journey with Ronnie DeFeo and the True Story of the Amityville Murders 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was mostly about the author. Nothing new about Amityville murders not found in the trial scripts. If you like a book where the author jumps around, this book is for you. But not my cup of tea. Certainly not a could-not-put-down book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In deciding whether or not to read this book, I read reviews. I even went to other book selling websites to read the reviews there. I liked the comments like "couldn't put this book down" and "a real page-turner". I grew up interested in The Amityville Horror. Even though I knew the story was a hoax, I was intrigued about the DeFeo murders from the perspective of the murderer. Unfortunately, the murderer in this instance seems very willing to say whatever it takes to get some attention. The person giving that attention, the author, seems like a lovely lady...but some of the things she believes in are outlandish. Voodoo, trance-induced spirit travel to other locations...WITH another person, temporary and long-term demon possessions. This book was not a page turner for me. It was hard for me to finish. I forced myself so that I could justify spending the money. Upon some more research on the internet, Ronnie DeFeo has made many different assertions over the years about what happened the night of the murders. He has made these assertions to many different people...and most of them seem like people that give him lots of attention and press. His claims are inconsistent and sometimes bizarre. He blames his father, his mother, his sister, demons. Jackie Barrett may be a reputable "medium" with a long career of helping people. I had not heard of her previously. She seems like a caring wife and mother. I loved that she helps police with cases. I just found some things to be beyond belief. There were multitudes of references to the devil and demons, but they are not fought with anything "good" in a heavenly realm...they are fought (or held at bay) with bags of different mixtures of items, voodoo, special candles, mental strength. I started out intrigued by her. I ended up feeling like she used a mentally ill man for profit (this book). I think when she started out on this relationship with DeFeo, she believed it would make a good book. I think she had good intentions. Unfortunately, he turned out to be a dud, so she had to pad it with stories about her mother and black magic and the dark side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only thing true about this story is a murder did happen and ronnie defao was arrested for it. The rest is a mix between "the exorcist" and the authors "psychic abilities" which I don't consider to be a true account. Just conjecture. I love true crime stories but was so irked to find that I spent my money on such a work of fiction. It is more of a fictional biography than a work of nonfiction.
Kisses05 More than 1 year ago
I couldnt turn the pages fast enough. A powerful and mindblowing book. It got my attention right off the bat. Not boring in anyway, will just keep shocking you. The ending got me the most. I couldnt put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a reader.
TennesseeCheryl More than 1 year ago
Bizarre story- I could not put this book down until I finished it. How courageous of the author to step into DeFeo's world and remain open to listening to him. Perhaps these experiences can raise our awareness to help us prevent family tragedies.
Mags54 More than 1 year ago
This book is spooky. I loved it! I couldnt get enough of it. It will grab your attention right from the start. In the beginning you get to know Jackie and her life. Along the way you get to learn about Ronnie Defeo. It will give you a better understanding of the Amityville house. Anyone from NY remembers everything they heard about the place growing up. This will explain the truth and yes its a real eye-opener! Put both sides together and everything comes together at the end. It really makes you think. Everything in life does happen for a reason. If you are intrigued by the spirit world then this is for you. All information was expressed clearly and all facts backed up. WARNING: HIGHLY ADDICTIVE READING MATERIAL!
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Riveting story that is sure to change you once you read this ! 
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ivyrashkover1604 More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic read did not want to put the book down I was always interested in the story of defeo but this book got me to really know him and his story Loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its been a while since I read something that caught my eye. Defeo is an odd character and makes you think he is up to something constantly. Barrett had many obstacles to overcome, but she transformed this guy. The occurances between them is very bizzare. A good understanding to ghosts and I guess you could say exorcisms.
ravis More than 1 year ago
Read it cover to cover and I was impressed. Little spooky.
lisa2439 More than 1 year ago
That was scary! It will freak you out to. I am glad I read it. Couldnt get it on my kindle for some reason. I am going to stay away from that Amityville house. Demons, devil, murders. That is crazy!
chrisfields More than 1 year ago
I had curiosity of defeo. I dont kmow much about barrett though. Every moment will have your mind boggled. I can see the significance of the story. I am wondering what will happen to defeo. Will he get out?
martha57MB More than 1 year ago
I wasnt really familiar with the story, so I didnt know what to expect. It had lots of history, crime, and ghosts. the layout was weird. When you finish reading it you will understand why. I thought it was very good.
mcginty40 More than 1 year ago
I finished the book in less than a day. I found it to be appealing. Very insightful and informative. I liked the setup of the book and how it was represented. I do wish it had more pictures. It will excite you and you will be asking for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew their was more to the amityville story. Great read.
ps2000man More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for those into the paranormal, horror or just for the thrill of it. It will keep you wanting more. This is got to be the best book I have read in awhile. It is well written and comes from the author's heart every word of it. Not boring at all that is what makes it great. Suspense at it's best. This is real stuff folks and that is what makes it great. Wake up people this happens to real people. I just got one thing to say. "Well done Jackie Barrett!"
Marck48 More than 1 year ago
Two thumbs up. I like crime and horror so this was right up my alley. A keeper and I will read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My dad grew up in amityville and a good friend of ronnie defeo and his family. He told me the real story. he saw ronnie earlier that day and ronnie tried to go to my grandpas house a couple of hours after the murder but my dad was out with his girlfriend who is now his wife and my mom.cant get much closer to the story then that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in one day. Could not stop. Best book ive read in years.. maybe ever..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She realizes there two sides of the story and tells them in this book. Even though i don't have it on my nook, i'd read on here, its a hauntingly good book goddarnit!!!