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Although 30 years have passed, the allure of the Amityville house with its eye-like windows has yet to diminish. Amidst the stories of demonic pigs and ghostly apparitions, the real horror story remained a mystery…until now. Read what the experts are saying about The Night the DeFeos Died:
“As compelling as Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood,” says Jordan Rich of WBZ Radio Boston.
“The Night the DeFeos Died, is, in my opinion, the most factual work ever published on the incident and everything that took place after that horrific evening,” says Doug Spero, Emmy award-winning journalist with NBC and CBS who covered the DeFeo murders and the hoax.
“I have now finished The Night The DeFeo’s Died and, I’ll be damned, but it has to take its place among the finest half dozen studies of murderers ever published in the United States. Well done, Ric Osuna,” says renowned criminologist Christopher Berry-Dee.
On November 13, 1974, police received a report of a homicide at 112 Ocean Avenue, where they discovered six members of the DeFeo family — father, mother and four of their five children — shot and killed execution style. The surviving son, Ronald “Butch” DeFeo Jr., was eventually charged and tried for the murder of his family and is currently serving six concurrent life sentences. Some theorized that Ronald DeFeo Jr. was a sociopath turned killer. Others reasoned that Ronald DeFeo Jr. had to be possessed by the devil or insane in order to shoot and kill the slumbering family he adored. To this day, questions remain, such as: Why did it appear that six members of the DeFeo family slept through eight high-powered gunshots? Why were all of the victims found in the same position in their beds?
Three decades later, author Ric Osuna strips away the mystery surrounding one of the world’s most notorious events and provides definitive answers to questions that have been left unanswered over the years about the case. Ric Osuna’s The Night the DeFeos Died offers incontrovertible proof of the true motives behind this terrible tragedy and reveals Ronald DeFeo Jr. did not act alone in the commission of this crime.
The Night the DeFeos Died exposes the unprecedented coverup that was instigated at the highest levels by police, attorneys, judges, and even the Mafia. The Night the DeFeos Died will offer evidence to support the claim that the supernatural stories were created as part of Ronald DeFeo, Jr.’s defense and were a hoax. This book finally puts to rest the false myths and misinformation surrounding the Amityville case.