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Review: The Amityville Horror

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Today I want to talk with you about a well-known horror story, The Amityville Horror. This story has come to us in the form of a book and a series of films, it is the novel I want to talk about today. 

The book by Jay Anson was published in September 1977 by Prentice Hall publisher and is loosely based on the experiences of the Lutz family. While being based on a true story is hardly anything new in fiction this particular story has faced lawsuits due to its bending of the truth. 

Due to this controversy, I’m adding an extra section to today’s letter, this section will briefly touch on the events that are the basis for the book. 

The True Story

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On 13th November 1974, Ronald DeFeo Junior shot and killed six members of his family, at home while they were asleep in their beds. In December 1975 the Lutz family moved into the house where DeFeo murdered his family but fled the building within a month due to claimed paranormal phenomena. 

The Lutz’s did not work directly with Anson when he was writing the book, but they did give him hours of tape-recorded recollections which he used to write the book.

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