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Review: The Amityville Horror

Spooky Scary Haunted House

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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Real World Horror: The Villisca Axe Murder House

Axe Murder

Today I am writing to you to talk about the Villisca Axe Murder House, sounds cheerful huh?

If the name wasn’t a dead giveaway, this house was the site of a gruesome and unsolved murder. The crime was brutal and unexplained,

In June of 1912, the Moore family lived in the house. They were, by all accounts a pleasant and unassuming family, made up of the two parents and four children. On the night of the attack, two of the children’s friends were staying at the house. As far as anyone else is aware it was a normal evening, no one suspected anything.

However, the following morning the neighbour noticed the house was very quiet, she hadn’t seen the family up and about for the morning chores, the chickens remained unfed. She went over to make sure everything was alright and when she received no answer at the door she called a relative of the Moores.

Upon arriving and entering the house it was discovered that the entire family had been murdered.

After an examination, it was found that the family and their guests had been killed by cuts and bludgeoning wounds from an axe which was found in the guest bedroom.

Several suspects were questioned but ultimately the case has never been solved.

Since that day the house has been a haven of paranormal activity, mostly children crying and voices from empty rooms. But objects have also been known to move and visiting psychics have claimed to detect the presence of pain filled spirits.

What do you think? Haunted house? or people trying to explain a tragic event?