'Amityville Horror' house up for sale, and there's plenty of interest

'Amityville Horror' house up for sale, and there's plenty of interest
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First posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 04:16 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 04:32 PM EDT
A beautiful vintage five-bedroom home in a quaint Long Island village is on the market for US$850,000, (external - login to view) and the listing agent believes it will be an easy sell. Even if it is "The Amityville Horror" house.
The familiar spooky home was made famous by the story of one family who claimed hauntings drove them out.
Ronald J. DeFeo Jr. was 24 years old in 1974 when he fatally shot his parents and four siblings in the house. He said voices made him to it.
George and Kathy Lutz and their three children bought the home for a bargain after the murders, but wound up fleeing in terror, as accounted in the 1977 book and subsequent hit movie.
George claimed the family smelled strange odours, heard strange noises and felt a strange chill in the air. When they had a priest bless the home, Lutz said, the priest was slapped by a haunted hand and told to "get out."
That was then. Jerry O'Neill, who owns Coldwell Banker Harbor Light, said the home has been owned by four different families since the murders.
Last week, it was named Realtor.com's "most popular" house. (external - login to view)
"We have several offers from local Amityville residents who are very much aware of the history and are not at all concerned," O'Neill said.
Part of it might be the scrutiny the original accounts have come under.
DeFeo's attorney has said the book and the movie were hardly true crime stories.
"I know this book's a hoax," attorney William Weber told People magazine in 1979, the year the movie came out. "We created this horror story over many bottles of wine."
(George Lutz, whose family ran from the hauntings, has stuck to his haunted house story over the years, declaring: "I'm tired of being called a liar.")
The interest in the home could also be that buyers are willing to overlook a bit of bad history for a good deal.
"Many people, of course, are creeped out at the idea of living in a house with a violent past. But some decide that, as long as the property itself poses no actual threat, getting a good deal trumps superstition," said Washington, D.C., real estate agent Nancy Taylor Bubes.
Then again, taking a sweet deal on a murder home is what the house is known for in the first place. Buyer beware.
Real estate photograph of a house located at 112 Ocean Avenue in the town of Amityville, New York March 31, 2005. The Amityville Horror house rich history and beauty are overshadowed by the story of George and Kathy Lutz, the previous residents of 112 Ocean Avenue, who claimed that shortly after moving into the house they fled in terror driven out by paranormal activity. The best selling novel and popular movie have marked the town as the site of the most famous haunted house in history, yet many are unaware that the true history of this house is much darker than 'The Amityville Horror's' icy drafts and bleeding walls. Six members of the DeFeo family were murdered at 112 Ocean Avenue one year before the Lutz family moved in and their tragedy haunts the citizens of Amityville to this day. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

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Cue the humming children.
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And sharks.
And floating pigs with glowing red eyes.
How many movies have they made about this house?

Have they ever made one about the actual murder that took place instead of that bull**** haunting? Because that was really brutal.
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