Killer Who Helped Inspire 'Amityville Horror' Series Dead At 69

Written by on March 15, 2021

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The person convicted of slaughtering his dad and mom and 4 siblings in a house that later impressed the “The Amityville Horror” e-book and films has died, jail officers mentioned Monday.

Ronald DeFeo, 69, died Friday at Albany Medical Heart, the place he was taken Feb. 2 from a jail in New York’s Catskill Mountains, the state Division of Corrections and Group Companies mentioned. The reason for his demise wasn’t instantly identified.

DeFeo was serving a sentence of 25 years to life within the 1974 killings in Amityville, on suburban Lengthy Island.

The house grew to become the premise of a horror-movie traditional after one other household briefly lived there a couple of 12 months after the killings and claimed the home was haunted. A e-book and two films — the 1979 authentic, starring James Brolin, Margot Kidder and Rod Steiger, and a 2005 remake — portrayed a house with unusual voices, partitions that oozed slime, furnishings that moved by itself, and different supernatural options.

DeFeo had pursued an madness protection at his trial, saying he heard voices that drove him to kill his household.

He unsuccessfully sought a retrial in 1992, claiming that his 18-year-old sister killed the opposite 5 relations and that he then shot her.

“I beloved my household very a lot,” he mentioned at a 1999 parole listening to, the place he additionally mentioned he had gotten married whereas in jail.

The corrections division mentioned it couldn’t disclose why DeFeo was hospitalized, citing well being privateness legal guidelines. The Albany County Coroner’s Workplace, tasked with figuring out what precipitated his demise, mentioned it doesn’t launch such info, besides to relations of the useless.

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