The name Amityville Horror is by far one of the most well-known murders in the United States. It took place in Amityville, New York on Wednesday November 13, 1974. At this time, the family living there was the DeFeo family. They were a family of seven. The mother was Louise DeFeo (42) and the father was Ronald DeFeo Sr (44). They had five children: Ronald Joseph "Butch" DeFeo Jr, Marc DeFeo (12), Matthew DeFeo (9), Dawn DeFeo (18), and Allison DeFeo (13). On the fall night of November 13, every family member except for Butch DeFeo was murdered. You may ask, why wasn't Butch DeFeo murdered? Well, because he was the murderer.
On the night of November 13, at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, Butch DeFeo was awake in his house around 3 am with a .35 Marlin rifle. With that gun, he used it to murder everyone in his entire family. After Butch murdered his entire family, the police came to investigate the scene of the crime. The medical examiners came to the conclusion that Louise and Allison DeFeo were both awake at the time of their deaths. Originally, the police brought Butch to the police station because it was believed that the murders were a mob hit. However, after having an interview with Butch it made the police suspicious of him being the murderer. The next day Butch confessed to all of the murders.
The trial for the murders began on October 14, 1975. Butch pleaded insanity and said that the voices in his head were driving him crazy and made him commit the murders. However, it was later proven that Butch was completely aware of what he was doing at the times of the murders, so his insanity plea didn't go too far. On November 21, 1975 Butch was found guilty of the murders of his entire family. On December 4, 1975 Butch was given six concurrent sentences of 25 years to life in prison.
To this day there are a lot of speculations and mysteries about the murders of the DeFeo family. For starters, the gun used to murder the family was very loud. It seems rather odd that no one woke up and there wasn't any struggle. Not to mention the entire family was found lying on their stomachs. Some speculate there was more than one murderer. Another thing that wasn't figured out was the motive. Some believe that Butch was trying to get insurance money out of his parents, but other than that no one knows the actual motive. DeFeo also to this day gives many different renditions of what happened that night. Sometimes he confesses, other times he says he's innocent. Could these stories of what happened be a way for him to try and get out of jail, or is he truly insane?
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