Ronald DeFeo Jr Wiki
Ronald DeFeo Jr Biography
“Amityville Horror” killer Ronald DeFeo Jr., who spread terror on Long Island and beyond by killing his parents and four siblings in 1974, has died, according to state officials.
DeFeo killed his family at 108 Ocean Avenue, Amityville Horror House.
DeFeo, whose murder spree served as the inspiration behind the book and movie franchise “The Amityville Horror,” died Friday while serving a 25-year-to-life sentence at the Sullivan Correctional Center in Fallsburg, New York, according to the Department. State of Corrections. He was 69 years old.
The convicted murderer was taken to Albany Medical Center and pronounced dead at 6:35 p.m.
In this Nov. 14, 1974 photo, police and members of the Suffolk County Coroner’s Office investigate the murder of six people found shot in Amityville, NY.
An autopsy performed by the Albany County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine an official cause of death.
Ronald DeFeo Jr Family
DeFeo, whose nickname was Butch, was convicted of killing his mother, his father, two sisters, and two brothers inside their Amityville home on Ocean Avenue on November 13, 1974.
Cause Of Death
The then 23-year-old used a .35-caliber Marlin lever-action rifle to massacre his family members, who were all in bed at the time: Dad Ronald DeFeo Sr., 43, Mom Louise DeFeo, 43, and siblings. Dawn, 18, Allison, 13, Marc, 12, and John, 9.
Both parents were shot twice, while the brothers were each shot one. All the victims were found face down on the bed.
At trial, his attorney mounted an insanity defense, claiming that DeFeo heard voices saying his family was conspiring against him.
He was convicted in 1975 of six counts of second degree murder and received six sentences of 25 years to life in prison.
DeFeo was scheduled for a parole hearing in July, DOC records online show.
In a 2006 jail interview, DeFeo claimed that he only killed his father, his mother, and his older sister, Dawn.
The other siblings were killed by Dawn, before DeFeo killed her, he claimed.
In 2016, the notorious five-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath colonial home where the bloodbath took place went on the market for $ 850,000, and entered the contract months later.
The original address of the home when the murders occurred was 112 Ocean Ave., but it was eventually changed to 108 Ocean Ave. to discourage tourists.
A year after the massacre, George and Kathy Lutz bought the home, but left 28 days after reporting paranormal activity in the home, including “strange sounds, voices, and green mud oozing from the walls,” according to the 6sqft real estate.
The grisly events served as the inspiration for the 1977 book “The Amityville Horror” and, two years later, the cult classic “The Amityville Horror,” starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder.
The stately 5,000-square-foot abode underwent renovations after Caroline and David D’Antonio purchased it in 2010 for $ 950,000.