Posted - 26 August 2014 : 08:05:50
The Long Island Horrors
presented by Ayko...Willy Luke Muschiol
How can we possibly understand what happened at 112 Ocean Ave to the DeFeo and Lutz families unless we take a broader look at the picture of murders, rapes, and massacres surrounding the entire area of which the village of Amityville is a small part of when discussing brutal killings and worse with many of them having links to satanic worship and drugs.
Chronology Of Long Island Horrors
1924-34...NEW YORK STATE...Werewolf Of Wysteria
Albert Hamilton Fish (May 19, 1870 – January 16, 1936) was an American sado-masochistic serial killer and cannibal suspected in a series of sexual assaults and murders of boy children. He was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria and the Brooklyn Vampire. He boasted that he had 'had children in every State', putting the figure at around 100, although it is not clear whether he was talking about molestation or cannibalization, less still as to whether it was true or not. He was an official suspect in at least five killings in his lifetime. Fish confessed to three murders that police were able to trace to a known homicide, and confessed to stabbing at least two other people. He was put on trial for the kidnap and murder of Grace Budd, and was convicted and executed via electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in New York on January 16, 1936.
1935...NASSAU...Black Eyed Borgia
Mary Frances Avery Creighton, The media nicknamed her 'Borgia'. She married John Creighton and they had one child together, a daughter named Ruth. Mary and her husband John had been arrested for the death of her brother, Raymond Avery, who was poisened by a lethal dose of Arsenic. Mary had been named as a beneficiary in his insurance policy and also inherited his trust fund. Their parents died when she was a teenager. She was acquiited after a trial in Newark, New Jersey, within days of the verdict, she was arrested for the death of her father in law. After a trial, she again was found not guilty. After that verdict, they relocated to Long Island, New York. In the small town of Baldwin, New York, they befriended a couple named Everett and Ada Appelgate, he was 37, she was 34. This was in the height of the Great Depression, the Applegates moved in with the Creightons to save money. They too had one daughter, Agnes was 12, by this time Mary's daughter Ruth was 14. Everett Applegate started sexually molesting Ruth, forcing her to sleep with him and his wife. Soon Ruth's mother Mary, joined into the arrangement, also the Applegates young daughter Agnes was being molested as well. In September of 1936, Ada complained of feeling ill. She went to the hospital, they could find nothing wrong and sent her home, several days later she died. They listed death as of unknown causes, speculating she died of pneumonia. But Mary's past came back to haunt her. Nassau County got word of her past relatives that died mysteriously. An investigation insued into the death of Ada, performing an autopsy. It showed she died from a massive dose of arsenic.Mary Creighton and Everett Applegate was arrested and a trial began. She admitted to the crime, trying to put the blame on Ada's husband, Everett, who forced her to do it. Mary had went to the store and bought the rat poisen. They both were found guilty of 1st degree murder with a mandatory death sentence. Appeals were filed, but all failed. Over the next few months Mary became seriously ill, probably due to hysteria, her legs appeared paralyzed, she lost alot of weight. The day of the execution she wore pink pajama's and a black kimono. The back of her head shaved. She had to be wheeled into the death chamber at Sing-Sing Prison in a wheel chair. She seemed almost in a coma-like state. Partially out of fear, partially out of gaining sympathy. She had visited with her daughter Ruth the day before, telling her to take care of her daddy. Mary was just 36, a week before she was to be 37. She was strapped into the electric chair and electrocuted. Everett was next in line, head shaved, also was electrocuted.
1940s...NASSAU...Miss Lonely Hearts
The 'Miss Lonely Hearts' killers Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck went on a 1940s killing spree that earned them a trip to the electric chair in 1951.
1954...SUFFOLK...Justice Catches Up
Kathryne Damm was murdered on October 4, 1954, and finally received justice when her killer was convicted 26 years later, giving her case the longest break between murder and conviction in U.S. history. On the night of her death, Kathryne, 52, a Lindenhurst housewife and grandmother, arrived at the Alcove Bar and Grill for her usual evening of drinking. Another patron, Otto Schaaf, remembering that night 26 years later, said he arrived at the bar a few hours after Kathryne, and spotted her dancing on the top of one of the tables, with patrons whistling and cheering. Kathryne and a companion remained at the bar until 3 a.m., when the man offered her and Otto a ride home. The three left the bar together after the man called to Kathryne, 'C'mon, grandma, let's go.' The driver, whom Otto had never met before, dropped him off at his son's house in Lindenhurst, then drove off into the night with Kathryne Damm. The assumption that Kathryne knew her killer was supported by her husband, a retired New York Fire Department lieutenant, who said, 'She wouldn't go home with a stranger.' The next morning, her mutilated body was found outside Pinelawn National Cemetery. Suffolk County Coroner Joseph Mauceri called the attack, 'violent, frenzied, insane and senseless.' She had been sexually mutilated and left to bleed to death. Police believed she had been attacked outside her companion's car. There was a pool of blood next to tire tracks found near the body. Her clothes were scattered about and her body was found nude, except for one shoe. With numerous clues such as a description of the man last seen with the victim, the make and model of the car he drove, a footprint found near the body, and a tire impression, an arrest seemed imminent. Fast-forward to 1979. Kathryne's killer is still unknown. An anonymous phone call from a woman who said she heard a man brag about the killing in 1954 points to Rudolph John Hoff, who was an original suspect but was released when patrons from the bar could not pick him out of a lineup. On his arrest a quarter-century later, Hoff confessed, but the confession was ruled inadmissable. His conviction in 1970 for a similar sexual attack was also ruled inadmissable. With witnesses dead and evidence missing, the only hope for a conviction was the testimony of Hoff's ex-wife. Hoff and his wife, Gurli, had married in Germany, and he brought his new bride home with him after World War II. Gurli said she never spoke of what she saw the night of Kathryne's murder because Hoff's family had threatened her with the loss of her children and deportation. Gurli testified that she awoke at 4:30 a.m. the night of the murder to find her husband washing blood from his clothes. He explained to her that he had gotten into a fight. Later, Gurli said she found a blood-stained belt that had fallen behind the washing machine in the basement. She buried the belt in a jar in the backyard as what she called 'an insurance policy.' She testified that years later she inadvertently dug up the jar and threw it away. While stationed in England in 1944, Hoff visited a fortune teller, who said she saw him 'surrounded by bars'. Twenty-six years after Kathryne's murder, her convicted killer was finally sent to be surrounded by them for life. He remains in Attica prison.
1955...NASSAU...Shooting Of The Century
Socialite Ann Woodward, who claimed she believed she was shooting at a prowler, kills her millionaire husband, Billy Woodward Jr., with a shotgun blast in the hallway of their 12-room mansion in Oyster Bay Cove on Oct. 30, 1955. He owns Nashua, the best racehorse in the country — and is worth a cool $20 million. A grand jury did not indict her. Years later, she committed suicide.
1974...SUFFOLK...Murder In Amityville
Ronald DeFeo Jr. (possibly not working alone) killed six of his family members Nov. 13, 1974. Two Suffolk homicide detectives lead him to his booking in Hauppauge. The crime scene inspired a controversial book and film that portrayed a family's experiences inside the home a year after the murders. They claimed the house was haunted and left less than a month later.
1979...SUFFOLK...Murder Of John Pius 13 Years Old
John Pius, 13, was found dead April 20, 1979, behind a Smithtown elementary school with six small stones jammed down his throat. Above, police look closely at the bicycle that belonged to Pius, whose body was found just feet away. The wooded area is just beyond the playground area of Dogwood Elementary School on April 21, 1979.
1982...NASSAU...Seacrest Diner Raid
On May 28/29, five young men -- Mr. Martin, Robert Samuels, Bruce Garrison, and the brothers Michael and Robert Williams, all aged 18 to 22 -- made plans to go to 'Babylon', the name they used not just for the town in Suffolk County but for all of Long Island, a place they later described to interrogators as the 'land of milk and honey.' The gang's first move, at 11:15 P.M., was to the Patio Gardens Garage on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. They robbed and beat the attendant and six others in the garage, and left shortly before midnight with more than $2,400 in cash, eight gold rings, five gold necklaces, a portable television and a black 1981 Cadillac. Driving south into Plainview, they came to Montclair Road, where they saw cars parked in front of a corner home. By 12:20 A.M. the party was beginning to break up. The elder Mr. Reilly had already gone to sleep, and Mrs. Reilly was watching television in the living room. But there were still 22 people in the house. The gang members surrounded the house and stopped three guests who were leaving. One gang member stayed outside while the rest, armed with blackjacks, pistols, a rifle and a sawed-off shotgun, entered the Reilly home. Everyone was ordered to strip. Some were beaten, two women were raped and one woman was sodomized. A gang member urinated on one of the guests. Having stolen almost 2,000 dollars in cash, about 6,000 dollars in jewelry and numerous appliances, the Sutter Avenue Boys left the Reilly house and drove back onto the Northern State Parkway, exiting at Glen Cove Road, about 10 miles away. Driving north on Glen Cove past Jericho Turnpike, they saw a diner called the Sea Crest. The first thing the gang members noticed, they told the police later, was that the Sea Crest had no windows. They decided it would be a perfect place to rob. More than 80 people were in the Sea Crest that night. It was a popular place for a cup of coffee or a reasonably priced meal. The restaurant was a large one, and the grandest view was of the revolving dessert display, placed strategically at the front door. It was 1 a.m. One gang member parked the car while another went through the back door and the rest went through the front. Shouting for everyone to get down on the floor, the gang quickly took control of the restaurant. All the patrons and staff were robbed of their money and jewelry. Some people were beaten. Then the real torture began. Everyone was ordered to take off his or her clothes. Then everyone was ordered to have sex. Anyone who refused sexual contact was ferociously beaten; two patrons were shot and wounded. A waitress was raped by a gang member. Nicholas Bouloukas, owner of the Sea Crest, was severely beaten, but when the gang left the diner just before 2 a.m., he was the one who phoned the police.
1984...SUFFOLK...The Acid King
Ricky 'The Acid King' Kasso murdered 17-year-old acquaintance Gary Lauwers in Northport, Long Island, New York on June 16, 1984. Two other teens, Jimmy Troiano and Albert Quinones, were present at the murder, which took place in the Aztakea Woods of Northport while all four were high on mescaline. The murder became sensational news in the New York area and across the nation due to the torture of Lauwers and the Satanic ritualistic aspects of the murder. Many people also found the pictures and video of Kasso's arrest, in which he is smiling at the camera in a joking manner, to be particularly disturbing. He often took drugs, mainly marijuana, LSD (hence the nickname Acid King), PCP, and mescaline. He also dealt drugs in Northport and dabbled in the occult and Satanism and was a member of a loosely-organized cult at Northport High School called 'Knights of the Black Circle'. They held Satanic ceremonies mostly in Northport, but they were said to have celebrated Walpurgisnacht at the infamous Amityville Horror house in 1984. The conflict between Kasso and Lauwers had started several months earlier when Lauwers stole 10 bags of angel dust from Kasso's jacket, while he was passed out at a party. Kasso confronted him soon after the incident. Lauwers gave back five of the ten bags and promised to pay $50 for the five bags that he had used, but failed to pay back the money, and Kasso beat him on four separate occasions. On the night of the murder, Kasso had invited Lauwers along, saying that he was ready to forgive the incident and wanted to be friends. After taking several hits of mescaline, the teens started a small fire in the woods, using Lauwers' socks and the sleeves from his denim jacket as kindling for the wet firewood. The situation escalated when Kasso suggested that they use some of Lauwers' hair in the fire. Kasso then scuffled with Lauwers, bit him on the neck and stabbed him in the chest. Kasso continued his assault over an extended period of time (perhaps hours). Quinones claims that Troiano helped Kasso and held Lauwers during the attack. However, during his testimony (once he had immunity) Quinones did take responsibility for holding Lauwers down as well as chasing him and dragging him back when he ran. Lauwers was stabbed somewhere between 17 and 36 times, incurred burns, and had his eyeballs gouged. His face was severely disfigured from the attack and he died during the night. In the aftermath, Kasso bragged to friends about his 'human sacrifice'. Kasso stated to some that he murdered because a black crow brought him a message from Satan, telling him to do so. He even brought several disbelieving teens to see Lauwers' decomposing body. However, it wasn't until two weeks went by, on July 1st, that the murder was reported to the police. On July 4, 1984, police recovered the decomposing and mutilated body of Gary Lauwers. On July 7, two days after his arrest, Kasso committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell. In 1991, Ricky's father also killed himself.
1984/85...SUFFOLK/NASSAU/QUEENS...devil worship cult
The mid 80s was a time for several rapes and murders aimed at teenage girls throughout Long Island with evidence suggesting that the crimes had been committed by a mobile group or cult including three or more young men.
1987...SUFFOLK...Angel Of Death
Angelo, 26, killed several patients at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip. His goal was to inject patients with various drugs to cause a near-death state, and then 'save' them so he could appear heroic. Angelo failed to bring many of his victims back to life and was later caught and arrested. He was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, among other charges, and was sentenced to 61 years in prison.
1987...SUFFOLK...The Christmas Eve Murder
Lisa Solomon was choked to death on Christmas Eve and dumped near the Huntington Station apartment she shared with her husband, Matthew. He reported her missing, but later was arrested and confessed in 1988.
1988...SUFFOLK...Did Martin Tankleff Do It?
Seymour and Arlene Tankleff were found bludgeoned and slashed to death in their Belle Terre mansion. Police arrived at a brutal crime scene. Marty Tankleff told a 911 operator his father was still alive and 'gushing blood' from the neck. His mother was nearly decapitated and already dead in the master bedroom when investigators arrived early December 7. Arlene Tankleff was already dead when police arrived, but her husband, Seymour, survived in a coma for 29 days before succumbing to his wounds. Son, Martin Tankleff, was convicted of their murders in 1990 but the conviction was vacated on appeal 17 years later.
1989...NASSAU...The Horton Road Mutilation
On March 3, 1989, Kelly Ann Tinyes, 13, is stabbed, beaten and sexually mutilated in a house on Horton Road in Valley Stream owned by the family of Robert and John Golub. A day later, police find her body in a basement closet at the home — five doors away from her own house. For eight weeks in 1990 a televised, scientific drama is played out in court — with DNA evidence used to convict Robert, 21, of murder on March 23, 1989.
1989...SUFFOLK...Why Did Jessica Manners Leave?
STONY BROOK, L.I., On March 27, Shocked and saddened, residents of the Strathmore neighborhood here were asking one question over and over today: Why did 14-year-old Jessica Manners leave her house late Saturday? On Sunday morning, Jessica's nude body was found dumped on a rocky embankment near the edge of Setauket Harbor, about five miles from her home. The Suffolk County police said today that she had been strangled but that they had no suspects or motive in the case, the second murder of a teen-age girl on Long Island in the last month.
1992...NASSAU...Long Island Lolita
Amy Elizabeth Fisher is a woman who became known as 'The Long Island Lolita' by the media in 1992, when, at the age of 17, she shot and severely wounded Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her lover Joey Buttafuoco. She was initially charged with first-degree attempted murder, but eventually pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated assault and served six years in prison. After her parole in 1999, Fisher became a journalist and writer, before embarking on a career as a pornographic actress in 2007. Involved in an affair with Baldwin auto body shop owner Joey Buttafuoco, Fisher goes to his house in Massapequa on May 19, 1992, and shoots his wife, Mary Jo, in the face with a .25-caliber pistol. Mary Jo survives.
1992-93...SUFFOLK...The Kidnapping Of Katie Beers
Katie Beers was kidnapped and sexually abused in an underground Bay Shore chamber belonging to family friend John Esposito for more than two weeks. She was found alive 17 days later on January 19, 1993.
1993...NASSAU...The LIRR Massacre
Claiming white people are holding him down, Jamaican immigrant Colin Ferguson opens fire with a 9-millimeter handgun inside a Long Island Rail Road train as it arrives at Merillon Avenue station in Garden City on the evening of Dec. 7, 1993. He kills six and wounded 19 others before being overwhelmed by three passengers. The shootings spark national outcry for handgun reform and persuades nurse Carolyn McCarthy, whose husband, Dennis, was killed and son, Kevin, was wounded, to run for Congress. Ferguson gets 315 years and 8 months-to-life in Attica on January 19, 1994.
1993...NASSAU...Serial Killer Rifkin
Joel David Rifkin (born January 20, 1959) is an American serial killer convicted of the murder of nine women (although it is believed he killed as many as 17), mostly drug addicted prostitutes, between 1989 and 1993 in New York City. Although Rifkin often hired prostitutes in Brooklyn and Manhattan, he lived in East Meadow.
1994...SUFFOLK...Suffolk County Sniper
Peter Sylvester of Nesconset confessed to shooting five people, killing one. He targeted victims with a high-powered rifle over 13 frightening days in the summer of 1994 and was sentenced to 35 years to life in prison on September 12, 1995.
1998...SUFFOLK...Found In Minivan
BAY SHORE, N.Y., January 24, a 41-year-old Long Island mother who worked part time caring for the elderly was found strangled late Thursday in her minivan in a supermarket parking lot, possibly the victim of a carjacking or random robbery, the Suffolk County police said today. The body of the victim, Donna Bocklet, was discovered by a family friend who had joined a search party organized by the woman's husband, Richard M. Bocklet, after he returned home from work Thursday afternoon and found her missing, the police said. Mrs. Bocklet was last seen alive at 8 A.M. Thursday by her husband, who is a nurse, and their two children, Ryan, 9, and Dana, 6, said Detective Lieut. John Gierasch of the Suffolk police.
2001...9/11...Twin Towers Fall
2001...SUFFOLK...Murder In The Hamptons
Ted Ammon, a wealthy banker and chairman of Jazz at Lincoln Center was beaten to death by his wife’s boyfriend in East Hampton as their divorce was days from being finalized. Daniel Pelosi received the maximum sentence, though he maintained his innocence, saying he was "the victim of media and of circumstance."
On August 18, 2008, Kelly Forbes, 29, was sentenced in a Nassau County court to 21 years in prison for strangling her husband, Michael Forbes, 50, to death last November.
2008-10...SUFFOLK...The Patchogue Hate Trial
Jeffrey Conroy, 19, was convicted of manslaughter in the 2008 fatal stabbing of Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero and of second-degree attempted assault as a hate crime in attacks on three other Hispanic men. The Medford teenager faces 8 to 25 years behind bars in what District Attorney Thomas Spota's office said is the first hate-crime conviction in Suffolk County in a case involving a death.
2010...SUFFOLK...Gang Boss Ross
The trial of Reginald Ross, a Yaphank man accused in the 2010 'cold-blooded, execution-style murders' of two men in Ronkonkoma and Holbrook begins on Wednesday, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. Ross, 37, is charged with two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of 51-year-old Raymond Hirt and 39-year-old John Williams. Prosecutors say Ross shot construction crew flagman Hirt to death on May 24, 2010 because Ross felt that Hirt had 'disrespected' him by making him wait at a construction site on Portion Road in Ronkonkoma. Five months later, prosecutors say Ross fatally shot Williams in front of Williams’s Holbrook home on Geery Avenue. 'Mr. Williams was killed because Ross had a plan to lure a friend of Williams’ to his funeral, where he intended to take the life of that man too because of a disputed drug deal', Spota said. Spota said Ross, an alleged member of the Crips street gang, killed Hirt, of Mastic Beach, because when Ross complained of being held up in traffic at the construction site, Hirt told him there was nothing he could do. 'The defendant then stalked Hirt for more than a week before shooting him in the neck as the victim ate breakfast in his car on Beech Street near the construction site', Spota said. A Holbrook man, Luis Cherry, was sentenced to 63 years to life in prison earlier this month for his role in the murder of Williams.
2010...SUFFOLK...The Ocean Parkway Killer
in December of 2010, a grisly discovery was made along Ocean Parkway in Gilgo Beach. Police found four sets of remains less than a mile apart -- all prostitutes in their 20s who advertised online. Since, an extensive search has led to 10 sets of remains found in Nassau and Suffolk, and has led police to believe there may be more than one killer at large.
In June of 2011, David Laffer 33 murdered 4 innocent people in the Haven Pharmacy.
2011...NASSAU...Daughter should die
EAST MEADOW, N.Y., A prosecutor says a Long Island woman fed her disabled 8-year-old girl candy she was allergic to, then tried to kill herself and left a note that said “her daughter should die.” Veronica Cirella, 30, of Plainview was charged with manslaughter at her arraignment Sunday at the Nassau University Medical Center. Police said both mother and daughter Julie were discovered on the floor of their home unconscious by the girl’s grandmother Saturday morning. Julie had a cord around her neck. The child had cerebral palsy. She was supposed to be a flower girl in her cousin’s wedding that very day.
notes and ideas
-picture book with authentic history that follows the course of the film.
-the song has found it's place...Freddy Mercury and Queen 'Death On Twq Legs (Dedicated To.......'
In the dead of night, on Wednesday morning, November 13th, 1974, at about 3 a.m., 6 members of the DeFeo family were murdered with rifle shots to the back. All six laid on their beds with nite clothes on, the children with their faces in their pillows. The fact that apparently none were awoken by the first shots strongly suggests that more than one person must have been involved in the slayings.
At around 6:30 p.m., on that same Wednesday, 23 year old Ronald Joseph DeFeo Jr. entered a bar in Amityville, New York and declared: 'You got to help me! I think my mother and father are shot!' He took a small group of people to 112 Ocean Avenue and found the parents dead. Officials gave the name Joe Yeswit to the group member that made the emergency call to the Suffolk County Police who searched the house and found the six members of the family dead in their beds.
Suffolk County emergency dispatch switchboard, November 13th, 1974, 6:35 p.m.:
Operator: ...may I help you?
Man: We have a shooting here. Uhh, DeFeo.
Operator: What is your name, sir?
Man: Joe Yeswit.
Operator: Can you spell that?
Operator: . . . W-I-T. Your phone number?
Man: Don't know. I don't have the phone number here.
Operator: Where you calling from?
Man: Amityville, right off uh...Ocean Avenue.
Operator: Ocean Avenue?
Man: It's right off of Merrick Road...Ocean Avenue!
Operator: Merrick Road. What's the problem there, sir?
Man: There's been a shooting!!
Operator: A shooting? Anybody hurt?
Man: Everybody's dead...I don't know what happened.
Operator: Hold on a second, Sir...
(Police Officer now takes over call)
Police Officer: Hello.
Police Officer: This is--. What is your name?
Man: My name is Joe Yeswit!
Police Officer: Joe Edward?
Man: Joe Yeswit for Christs sake!
Police Officer: How do you spell that?
Man: What? How many times do I have to spell that to you? Y-E-S-W-I-T.
Police Officer: Where are you at?
Man: Ocean Avenue.
Police Officer: Number?
Man: I don't know the number here. There's no number on the phone.
Police Officer: What's the number on the house?
Man: I don't even know that.
Police Officer: Where on Ocean Avenue?
Man: In Amityville. Call the Amityville Police. They know the family.
Police Officer: Amityville?
Man: Yeah, Amityville!!!
Police Officer: Okay. Now tell me what's wrong.
Man: A guy came running in the bar and said that — they're dead. We ran down to his house and everybody in the house is shot dead.
Police Officer: How long have they been dead?
Man: I don't fuckin' know how long...What--
Police Officer: Okay, calm down. Take a look at the number of the house.
Man: Hold on...One-twelve Ocean Avenue.
Police Officer: That Amityville or North Amityville?
Man: Amityville...on...south of Merrick Road.
Police Officer: That inside the village limits?
Man: Yeah thats in the village limits for Christs sake!
Police Officer: Okay. What is your phone number?
Man: There's no number on the phone here.
Police Officer: Where're you calling from? A public phone?
Man: I'm calling right from inside the house, but I don't see a number on the phone!
Police Officer: You're in the house itself?
Police Officer: How many bodies are there?
Man: I don't know — uh, I think four."
Police Officer: There's four?
Police Officer: All right...
Amityville Village P.D. arrives at the scene. Six of seven members of the DeFeo family had been murdered leaving Ronald DeFeo Jr. as the sole survivor.
The victims were Ronald DeFeo, Sr. (43), Louise DeFeo (42), and four of their children: Dawn (18); Allison (13); Marc (12); and John Matthew (9). All of the victims had been shot with a .35 caliber lever action Marlin 336C rifle at around 3 a.m. The parents had both been shot twice while the children had been killed with single shots. The parents were shot while they lay in bed. Mr. DeFeo was able to struggle to his feet to attempt to fight off the attack when a second bullet killed him before he could do anything. Louise DeFeo lay in bed moaning for help slowly bleeding to death until she was shot with a second bullet. Physical evidence proves that Louise DeFeo and her daughter Allison were both awake at the time of their deaths and so we can safely presume that all the children were awake. After the initial four shots killing the parents who would not be straight up awake.
The DeFeo family occupied the house at 112 Ocean Ave. since purchasing it in 1965. Ronald DeFeo Jr. was taken to the local police station after suggesting to police officers that the killings had been carried out by a mob hit man, who he named. However, interrogation of DeFeo at the station exposed serious inconsistencies in his version of the events. The following day he confessed to carrying out the killings himself after being told the alleged hitman had an alibi proving he was out of state at the time of the killings.
DeFeo told detectives: 'Once I started, I just couldn’t stop. It went so fast.' He admitted that he had taken a bath and redressed before going to work that morning. He added described where he discarded the blood stained clothes and the Marlin rifle and cartridges. Ronald DeFeo Jr. had a volatile relationship with his father however, that was not the motive for the killings which remains a mystery.
DeFeo's trial began on October 14, 1975. He claimed that he killed his family because he heard voices invading his mind that told him to commit the acts and was not responsible for his actions.
A temporary insanity plea was supported by the psychiatrist for the defense, Dr. Daniel Schwartz, also making point of the heroin and LSD in DeFeo's bloodstream at the time. For the prosecution, Dr. Harold Zolan stated that DeFeo was an experienced user of heroin and LSD and was aware of his actions at the time of the crime.
All 6 victims were found lying on their beds with no signs of a struggle. The investigation concluded that the rifle had not been fitted with a sound suppressor and that no sedatives had been administered leading to speculation that someone in the house should have been awakened by the noise of the gunshots and that more than one person had been responsible for the crime.
In some versions of the changing story from Ronnie Jr., Geraldine Gates was also present when he drove from New Jersey with Geraldine and her apparent brother, Richard Romondoe, prior to the killings after receiving a phone call from his mother, Loiuse.
Ronnie claimed to have driven into town with his wife, Geraldine Gates, and her brother, Richard Romondoe. Evidence was submitted to the court by the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office to establish that Richard Romondoe did not exist and that Geraldine Gates was living in upstate New York married to someone else at the time of the murders. Geraldine Gates did not testify at the hearing because authorities had already confronted her about the claims and secured a statement under oath where she stated that Romondoe was fictitious.
Ronnie's apparent girlfriend, Mindy Weiss, testified that she began dating the defendant in June 1974, and was with him frequently that summer and autumn. Little else is known about her.
Judge Thomas Stark wrote about Ronnie, 'I find the testimony of the defendant overall to be false and fabricated. His testimony that during the fall of 1974 he was married and lived with his wife and child at Long Branch, New Jersey is incredible and not worthy of belief. He produced no corroborating evidence in this regard...'
On November 21, 1975, DeFeo was found guilty on 6 counts of second-degree murder. On December 4, 1975, Judge Thomas Stark sentenced Ronald DeFeo Jr. to 6 concurrent sentences of 25 years to life.
DeFeo is currently held in Green Haven Correctional Facility in Beekman, New York. To date, all appeals and requests to the parole board have been denied.
In a 1986 interview for Newsday DeFeo claimed that his sister Dawn killed their father and then their distraught mother killed all of Ronald's siblings before he killed his mother. In this interview, DeFeo also asserted he was married at the time of the murders to a woman named Geraldine and that he was living with her in New Jersey when his mother phoned to ask him to return to Amityville to break up a fight between Dawn and their father. He drove to Amityville with Geraldine's brother, Richard Romondoe, and that Romondoe was with him at the time of the murders and could verify his story completely.
In Ric Osuna's book, The Night The Defeo's Died, information is sourced to Geraldine Gates who DeFeo stated was his wife. While in the 1986 interview with Newsday she asserted she married DeFeo in 1974, in Osuna's book she alleges they married in 1970. Their 1993 divorce papers state that they met in 1985, married in 1989 and divorced in 1993.
If Geraldine Gates was also present when Ronnie drove from New Jersey with Geraldine and her apparent brother Richard Romondoe prior to the killings then they were possibly involved or know more otherwise why the discrepancies. Gates has stated that she was in the house the day of the murders.
If the kids were held silent, say with a knife, after the parents were shot, as they waited, then the scenario of the corpses laying without a struggle is plausible and the only one to date that fits.
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Interesting to note that Ronnie's great uncle, Pete DeFeo, was Capo in the Genovese Mafia clan. We have found no substantial evidence that the events are connected in any way with an Indian burial ground as some psychics have claimed.
The formidable presence, though, of somekind of supernatural being that left two hind leg hoof prints in the snow that some call Jody suggests the being to be less like a pig, as some describe, and something more like a horned collosal.
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