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Still Haunted by Amityville
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/8/12 | Steve Dollar

Posted on 11/13/2012 6:41:48 AM PST by marshmallow

One of pop culture's most enduring nightmares began 37 years ago this December in the bucolic bayside town of Amityville, on Long Island.

That winter, George and Kathy Lutz and her three children from a previous marriage moved into a Dutch colonial house at 112 Ocean Ave, about 30 miles east of the city. Over the next 28 days, they contended, the family endured an onslaught of bizarre events that ranged from inexplicable hordes of flies to demonic visions. The Lutzes fled, leaving all their possessions behind. Their story, however, never went away. The 1977 book "The Amityville Horror: A True Story," and the 1979 horror movie that was based on it, sparked a media phenomenon that has yet to fade from public memory.

Now a new documentary, "My Amityville Horror," makes it personal, introducing a man who is still living through that nightmare. The film, which will have its New York premiere Saturday at IFC Center as part of the third annual DOC NYC festival, features the first-person testimony of Daniel Lutz, the eldest of the Lutz siblings, who was 9 when the events occurred. A recluse who had a troubled, combative relationship with his stepfather and claims to have been homeless for a period after leaving his family in his early teens, Mr. Lutz has kept his secrets to himself until now.

"He's been carrying around this weight for nearly 40 years," said Eric Walter, the young filmmaker who devoted three years to making the documentary, amid a decade of obsessive amateur research into the case. "It's not easy to talk about."

Nor is it easy to hear. Whatever happened, Mr. Lutz, now 46, appears to have suffered from it for much longer than the month he spent in the house. He recounts stories of abuse and family......

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: amityville; ghosts

1 posted on 11/13/2012 6:41:51 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

One hopes this man never opens his eyes to the reality of today... ghosts? spirits?

Wait ‘til he realizes the real time vicious, brutal, horror of the ruling nutso in the White Hut!


2 posted on 11/13/2012 7:00:59 AM PST by JDoutrider
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To: marshmallow
One of pop culture's most enduring nightmares began 37 years ago this December........Nor is it easy to hear. Whatever happened, Mr. Lutz, now 46

So Mr. Lutz was 11 when he got married and brought the house?

3 posted on 11/13/2012 7:10:00 AM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1

“Daniel Lutz, the eldest of the Lutz siblings, who was 9 when the events occurred.”

Right there in the article, all you had to do is READ.


4 posted on 11/13/2012 7:13:54 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA

Please asking someone to actually read the article before posting? Where do you think you are? FreeRepublic?


5 posted on 11/13/2012 7:17:38 AM PST by Craftmore
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To: JDoutrider
"One hopes this man never opens his eyes to the reality of today... ghosts? spirits?...Wait ‘til he realizes the real time vicious, brutal, horror of the ruling nutso in the White Hut!"

The two are not mutually exclusive. Evil can manifest itself in many forms.

6 posted on 11/13/2012 7:17:48 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: marshmallow

So the tradition goes to the next generation, A Lutz needs money so they start saying they’re haunted. And the WSJ doesn’t even bother to notice that in the picture he’s holding up both the boy and the house are in sharp focus.


7 posted on 11/13/2012 7:24:58 AM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: qam1

If I recall the story correctly, Mr. Lutz was a small boy at the time.


8 posted on 11/13/2012 7:25:57 AM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: jboot
I would live in that demonic house as long as a young James Brolin with with me :)
9 posted on 11/13/2012 7:32:39 AM PST by angcat
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To: angcat
LOL!

But seriously, you wouldn't want to live in a haunted house...been there, done that, got out without being hurt.

10 posted on 11/13/2012 7:43:34 AM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: discostu

Good catch, he totally photoshopped that. I mean, you can tell that picture of him is a staged “glamour” shot from a photography studio.


11 posted on 11/13/2012 7:44:00 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: marshmallow
The whole haunting story was fabricated by the Lutzes. While it makes for a great horror story, that's all it was - a story.
12 posted on 11/13/2012 7:44:30 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (You are not now, and will never be my President, Mr. Obama.)
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To: marshmallow

The whole haunting story was faked


13 posted on 11/13/2012 7:54:36 AM PST by RedMonqey (America: It was a good run.)
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To: jboot

Bump


14 posted on 11/13/2012 8:00:45 AM PST by painter (Obamahood,"Steal from the working people and give to the worthless.")
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To: marshmallow

The 1977 book “The Amityville Horror: A True Story,”

And years later, the author (Jay Anson) admitted the story was a total HOAX. Back in the 1970s a TV program also debunked the story and showed how the story was a total hoax. They also showed that the current owners of the house never had any problems with it.


15 posted on 11/13/2012 8:09:15 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: EDINVA
I did read the article (including at the site)

I missed it sorry.

What threw me is I didn't expect that the kids woukld take and still use George Lutz’s last name. That seemed odd especially since I believe the Lutzs divorced soon after the incident.

16 posted on 11/13/2012 8:10:33 AM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

That book kept me awake at night the whole summer of 77. Between that and Son of Sam I was a freaked out kid.


17 posted on 11/13/2012 8:11:28 AM PST by angcat
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To: discostu

Back in the 1980s, after the Lutz family left the home, a tabloid publication, that made lots of money on reporting the original “story”, claimed the “ghosts” were still following them.

The entire story is a total hoax.


18 posted on 11/13/2012 8:12:18 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: angcat

Yes I remember the fear at night everyone had about Son of Sam killings in summer 1977. He attacked at night. Always couples or where people gathered. That was creepy. It went on for months.


19 posted on 11/13/2012 10:58:37 AM PST by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: angcat
"That book kept me awake at night the whole summer of 77. Between that and Son of Sam I was a freaked out kid."

I bought and read the book when it came out too. Imagine my Amityville Horror, after I was hired off the Civil Service list in 1980 to work as a Correctional Officer at Auburn Prison in Auburn, NY, and Ronald DeFeo was one of the cons there. Actually, he was pretty short, and not very big physically. Worked the prison garbage detail while I was there. I transferred out in December 1983 to a facility closer to home.

20 posted on 11/13/2012 10:59:07 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: johngrace

We were afraid to sit on our porch at night. My mother would say “he is not killing people in Yonkers”. Holy cow he ended up living a few miles away from my house.


21 posted on 11/13/2012 11:16:21 AM PST by angcat
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To: marshmallow

Nuts.


22 posted on 11/13/2012 9:39:56 PM PST by onedoug
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