Amityville ‘House of Horror’ Photos, 1974








At about 3:00AM on November 23, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered his family—mother, father, two sisters (aged 18 and 13), and two brothers (12 and 9)—at their home in Amityville, Long Island. These are the crime scene photos not showing the bodies. In the first photo you see one of the “evil eye” windows that gives the original house, in retrospect, such a disturbing presence.

There’s such a dissonance between the innocence and ordinariness of what’s seen and the horrible events lurking just outside of view (all of the victims were shot in their beds). DeFeo, Jr. claimed he was “possessed,” laying the groundwork for later tall tales, but of course he was just an evil shit of the common Homo sapiens variety.

The photos are via Tombolare, originally from The Amityville Files, where you can see more.

3 Responses to “Amityville ‘House of Horror’ Photos, 1974”

  1. 1 1537 April 20, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Not wishing to be an evil shit myself but that wallpaper has to have been a factor!

  2. 3 Tom April 21, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Wow, shows what a normal home it really was which makes the whole event that much sadder.

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