The Amityville Horror
Ronald Joseph “Butch” DeFeo, Jr.
Defeo is an American mass murderer. He was tried and convicted for the 1974 killings of his father, mother, two brothers and two sisters. The case is notable for being the real life inspiration behind the book and film versions of The Amityville Horror.
The victims were car dealer Ronald DeFeo, Sr. (age 43), Louise DeFeo (age 42), and four of their children: Dawn (age 18); Allison (age 13); Marc (age 12); and John Matthew (age 9). All of the victims had been shot with a .35 caliber lever action Marlin 336C rifle at around three o’clock in the morning of that day. DeFeo’s parents had both been shot twice, while the children had all been killed with single shots. Louise DeFeo and her daughter Allison were reportedly the only victims who were awakened by the gunfire at the time of their deaths, and according to Suffolk County Police the victims were all found lying on their stomachs in bed. The murdered members of the DeFeo family are buried in nearby Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.
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