Amityville Part Two – The Lutz FamilyGhosts
Part two is focussed towards the paranormal side. Get ready for demon pigs and rooms covered in flies. Real or hoax? It’s pretty compelling either way.
Thirteen months after the DeFeo murders occurred, George and Kathy Lutz moved into the mansion on Ocean Avenue with their three children; Daniel, Missy and Christopher. The house was a steal because of the horrendous murders that had occurred just over a year earlier and they thought their luck was in.
Why? Why would anyone want to live in that house?
To answer that particular question, let’s look into the patriarch of the Lutz clan. Besides the obvious financial motives of a newlywed couple, George had allegedly dabbled in the occult. Daniel Lutz, the child of Kathy, preposed this theory in the 2013 documentary “My Amityville Horror”. He describes his step-fathers penchant for Satanism and reading of dark texts prior to the media attention. This would give a viable reason for George to want to purchase a house where such a gruesome set of killings had occurred.
If you have seen the original movie you’ll no doubt remember the Priest and the flies. Well, in reality, there was a Priest that had gone to the house while the family was unpacking. He had allegedly gone into the house to bless the space. Upon entering the bedroom on the second floor which had formerly been Marc and John DeFeos bedroom, he had sprinkled Holy Water and began his various religious chanting – to the extreme dislike of whatever is inhabiting the house – which immediately responded by instructing him to “Get out!” which, unsurprisingly, he did. Quickly.
He informed the young family that they should, under no circumstances, use that room as a bedroom and so, under his instruction, was used as a sewing room.
- A strange atmosphere fell over the house following the move, the family would constantly bicker and argue at the drop of a hat.
- George was constantly cold and was always stocking up wood for the fires. He also allowed himself to become dishevelled and run down.
- Kath had become sick rather rapidly with no explanation given.
- Missy started secluding herself in her room and playing with an imaginary friend called “Jodie” who was a red eyed flying Pig who could transform in size. (We shall get back to this).
- Green slime started to ooze from the walls.
- Black stains appeared on ceramic tiles and the toilet fixtures. (Mould?)
- Foul odours in various rooms at various times occurred frequently.
- Kathy levitated in bed one night after George witnessed her “transforming into a 90 year old hag”
- George has stated that he woke up every night at 3:15am, the time that DeFeo had killed his family.
- Knives in the kitchen would fall down from their place with no explanation.
After the hauntings, and at the end of their tether, the family tried to call the Priest that had blessed the house with no avail. They had took it upon themselves to do a pseudo-blessing of their own. Armed with a crucifix, they walked through the house chanting the Lords Prayer to which the unseen spirits retorted with “Will you stop?!”
The final night of their 28 day stint and the activity had hit its climax. Furniture moved, the house was filled with banging “as loud as a marching bands” and the children began being terrorised. They grabbed a few belongings and fled to Kathys mothers house in Babylon.
The world famous Warrens investigated the house.
Now, between you and me, I’m not 100% about the Warrens. Reports of financial motivation and TV coverage has knocked my belief in their motives but hey, who am I to judge?
During the investigation which included the Lutz family as well as a gaggle of reporters, Ed was pushed to the floor in the basement and Lorraine was overcome by a demonic presence and the visions of the DeFeo family covered in white sheets.
One of the subsequent investigations turned up a link between the land and John Ketchum who practiced Black Magic and lived on the land before the house was built. He was allegedly buried on the land and is still there today.
The Shinicock Indians had also reportedly had a kind of ghetto on the area for the sick and the mad which inevitably led to them dying and being left on the land where the house now stands.
After The Circus
Post movie/books/interviews/media circus, a few things came out in the wash…
It came out that the couple were bogged down in legal and financial issues, which prompted skeptics to believe they had motive to create a fantastical story to sell to the public.
The Lutz’s former lawyer William Weber — who fell out with them over money issues — came out in 1979, claiming the three of them came up with the horror story “over many bottles of wine.”
Jodie the flying pig was actually Georges nickname for the neighbours “fat pig” cat.
George and Kathy took a lie detector test to prove their innocence. They passed. Though that isn’t an exact science.
James Cromarty, who lived in the house from 1977 to 1987, told The Telegraph “Nothing weird ever happened, except for people coming by because of the book and the movie”