But he persisted and persisted and persisted. Working with weights, a prison pastime, has put muscle on his slight frame. Both Ric and Geraldine had told me that, during the course of research into The Night The DeFeos Died, Ric had reached out to Robert Race, a New York attorney. Anson never actually worked directly with the Lutzes, however — he crafted the book from. Like D'Aurio, she was an employee of the service department, and worked in a clerical position within the office. In a 1986 interview for , DeFeo claimed his sister Dawn killed their father and then their distraught mother killed all of his siblings before he killed his mother. The evidence we can present is this man's life, everything that has happened for the last 40 years—it comes down to a family story and it's quite tragic.
All of them — Ronald Sr. DeFeo was found guilty of six counts of second-degree murder and sentenced to six consecutive life sentences. You know, that case didn't go down the way they said it did. Just the mention of Amityville, New York can send chills down your spine. The DeFeo family had occupied 112 Ocean Avenue since purchasing it in 1965. And while the home may be charming, it's widely known as the location for the gruesome, 1974 murders that were committed when 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr.
On these slides were professional shots of the DeFeo portraits. The DeFeos lived out on the south shore of Long Island in the quiet seaside village of Amityville. He said he told the couple that Ronald DeFeo Sr. His family, to outsiders, was pretty normal. C: People v DeFeo Memorandum Denying Motion To Vacate Conviction, dated January 6, 1993, p. Peering in, he saw fellow dealership employee Ronald Joseph DeFeo, Jr.
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005, p. They were aware of what had happened in their new home barely a year prior — their real estate broker had informed them of its history when they were making the purchase — but they were willing to roll with it. It is a story that even his defense attorney, William Weber, agrees is unlikely to get him out of prison. They say that only one gun and one shooter killed the family. I just wanted somebody to believe me. And, for the first time, we now caught a better glimpse of the infamous DeFeo portraits as they appeared in some of the crime scene shots.
She and DeFeo claim their daughter was born in New Jersey on Aug. I said, 'I got enough problems already. Despite his swaggering way, she said she found something to love. This varnish is applied to protect the painting. In popular culture See main article:. When police, suspicious that Butch was lying, asked him to come in to the station to check out mug shots of possible suspects, he refused to comply.
Thirty-seven years later a claim that new evidence has been unearthed is raising new questions. DeFeo is currently serving 25 years to life at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville, New York. This has all been litigated on prior occasions. He was a powerfully built man of about 280 pounds, and he often used that bulk on his wife, DeFeo and others said. But the by James and Barbara Cromarty when they bought it in 1977, according to Newsday.
Harold Zolan, maintained that although DeFeo was an abuser of heroin and , he had antisocial personality disorder and was aware of his actions at the time of the crime. According to the book, the house was beset by a phantasmal marching band and—my favorite—Jodie, an evil, demonic pig who was an imaginary friend to five-year-old Missy Lutz. As a result, Marc was undergoing physical therapy treatments. The prosecution, however, had a psychiatrist of their own, who argued that Butch had , not a dissociative disorder, and therefore would have known exactly what he was doing. Weber claimed that Robald DeFeo heard voices in his head that told him to commit the murders. Louise DeFeo had had an affair with Ken Van Rensselaer, it is said, if he was the portrait artist that did these paintings.
For example, Geraldine DeFeo said that she had been called several times recently by Rafferty and Dunn, who asked if she had been in the Amityville house that night helping DeFeo. Ronny Biggs is in Belmarsh Prison, He handed himself over to the Bristish government after spending life in Brasil after he escaped from Prison. He said he believed his family was alive when he left for work, then told them of his whereabouts for the rest of that day. The portraits are, in a word, regal. In recent years, Butch had been in trouble with the law over the theft of some outboard boat motors for which he was still on probation.
But he ended up back in the Amityville house that evening, and what had happened there was all still very real. The outcome of Ronald DeFoe's potential release is unclear. Lucy Burkin and her husband were guests at the DeFeo house for a New Year's Eve party just 11 months earlier. A few weeks before the murders, Butch claimed he was robbed of money that he was supposed to deposit in the bank for his father's car dealership; both the police and DeFeo, Sr. Unfortunately, with the book's release, the discrepancies in the truth and the book were noted. When authorities questioned Butch about the new evidence, he began changing his story.
He was successful as a car salesman, but that was in large part because of his domineering, overpowering demeanor. Christopher is writing a book on the subject and Missy has never spoken about their time in Amityville. The insanity plea was supported by the psychiatrist for the defense, Dr. An inmate pointed DeFeo out to me on my first day, and because of the alphabetical proximity of our last names, I was to spend my waking hours with him for the next four years. And as the story took the nation on by storm, the Lutzes maintained that it was all true. His resources, one can imagine, would have been unlimited.