Grave Beginnings: 12

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On February 5, 1976, the Ten O’Clock News on New York ‘s Channel Five announced it was doing a series on people who claimed to have extrasensory powers. The program cut to reporter Steve Bauman investigating an allegedly haunted house in Amityville, Long Island .

Bauman said that on November 13, 1974, a large colonial house at 112 Ocean Avenue had been the scene of a mass murder. Twenty-four-year-old Ronald DeFeo had taken a high-powered rifle and methodically shot to death his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. DeFeo had subsequently been sentenced to life imprisonment.

“Two months ago,” the report continued, “the house was sold for $80,000 to a couple named George and Kathleen Lutz.” The Lutzes had been aware of the killings, but not being superstitious, they had felt the house would be perfect for themselves and their three children. They moved in on December 23. Shortly thereafter, Bauman said, they had become aware that the place was inhabited by some psychic force and that they feared for their lives. “They talked of feeling the presence of some energy inside, some unnatural evil that grew stronger each day they remained.”

Opening paragraphs from The Amityville Horror
by Jay Anson
Art by N.E.

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