AMITYVILLE - THE REAL HORROR STORY PART IV
Points written and noted by Dr. Stephen Kaplan – The Amityville Horror Conspiracy.
Stephen Kaplan & Roxanne Salch Kaplan:
Points written and noted by Dr. Stephen Kaplan – The Amityville Horror Conspiracy. Stephen Kaplan & Roxanne Salch Kaplan:
How would you know, Lee?
Perhaps Kathy was dreaming of the overdue bills?
"Bill" examined the house and explained that it was haunted by the spirits of those who had died in their sleep and didn't know they were dead." This statement sounds like a cliché from every old book on spiritualism ever written. Following the couple's instructions, Lee and Kathy went to each room, opened a window, and prayed, "God bless this house. God bless this room. This is our house. Whoever you are, get out!"
Dr. Kaplan now concluded (after reading the article) that the Lutzes had most likely been spooked by the idea of living in a house where brutal murders took place. It had become an obsession for them, leading to stories about ghosts, demons and bad spirits.
Kaplan decided that he had had enough of the hoax and and it was time to stop it.
The maid had also worked for the DeFeos and knew Ronald (Butch) DeFeo quite well. She said that the new owners, the Cromartys, had heard of Dr. Kaplan and were happy for him to expose the hoax. They they felt the entire circus was an insult to the memory of Louise DeFeo, to whom they were related. The Cromartys were also negotiating to prevent the book by Jay Anson being published. They felt it constituted an invasion of privacy.
"Accuracy in this book can not even be maintained from pages 2 through page 5. In the Prologue on page 2 it is state, "They [the Lutzes] moved in on December 23." Turning to Chapter 1, beginning on page 5, we read the following: "Dec. 18, 1975 – George and Kathy Lutz moved into 112 Ocean Avenue on Dec. 18. Twenty-eight days later, they fled in terror." On the front sleeve of the dust-jacket, the Dec. 18th date is repeated, but on the back cover of the book the quote from Newsday Feb. 14, 1976 reads, "Amityville: On Dec. 23, George and Kathleen Lutz bought the house and a few days later they moved in."
Interesting also is the fact that this quote omits pertinent data.
The book jacket continues to quote Newsday with the following sentence, "Within… days, they moved out." Looking back at the original article, we see that the actual sentence read, "Within 10 days, they moved out…". What we have here is three different dates for when the Lutzes moved into the house: Dec. 18th, Dec. 23rd, or a few days after Dec 23rd – all three taken from Anson’s book and each contradicting the others. If the Lutzes can not even correctly remember the date they moved into the house, how are we expected to trust their account of what follows? Also, they were very careful to omit the mention of them leaving within 10 days, as it contradicts their present claim of being there 28 days."
The Stephen Kaplan book runs on to discuss inaccuracies and discrepancies with the entire book. There are far too many to discuss for now. I suggest you may wish to purchase a copy for yourself and read further about the problems with the book.
The book of the Amityville Horror soon became a best seller – which infuriated Stephen Kaplan. His reports on the hoax were largely ignored by the newspapers and he continued to fight for his story to be told. He ran into some unpleasant situations with the Warrens, who seem quick to become enemies with anybody who doubts the story.
The Lutzes made national appearances on Television and radio programs promoting their famous story.
In March 1978 Dr. Kaplan and associates were invited back inside the Amityville House by the new owners, the Cromartys. Dr Kaplan and his team stated unequivocally that they had encountered no strange occurrences in the house and it is most definitely NOT haunted. They offered up logical explanations to some of the events that the Lutzes described as paranormal.
Although Dr. Kaplan doesn’t claim to have the last word on the Amityville Horror story, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that it was a hoax.
We should also take the time to consider who the real victims of this elaborate hoax are. While the Lutzes are free to continue with their lives, the first victims were the DeFeo family, who are still sadly missed to this day by their friends in the Amityville community.
Another group of victims in this case are the people of Amityville. They still fight to try to protect their own privacy from curiosity seekers who visit the town expecting to see demons and other nonsense. Unfortunately some media representatives seem to focus only on sensationalism and ratings, and would like to cash in on the original hoax, creating even more disturbances for the innocent people of Amityville.
Please, if you do ever find yourself visiting the town, don't try to talk about that famous hoax to any of the locals, just enjoy the scenery and leave them in peace.
I personally find the story difficult to believe, along with 99% of the public. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck… you know how it goes!
COULD IT POSSIBLY BE REAL?
The Warrens are noted for their interesting views on the world of the paranormal. They claim to regularly investigate such events as demonic possession and lycanthropy. The Warrens still claim to have photographic and other evidence that the house was in fact possessed by demons and other evil spirits.
The Warrens and the family and associates of Stephen Kaplan seemed to be at war on the Amityville case. I guess it is one person's word against another. However -- I am very cautious to avoid 'fuzzy logic' and to be aware of the potential of outright dishonesty… http://www.warrens.net/amityvill.htm
There was a story going around during the filming of The Amityville Horror that the production team were too scared to work in the real Amityville house, so that they had to use a house in Tom's River, New Jersey instead. The real reason was that the town of Amityville refused to allow the film company to use the house because of the incredible circus that was being created. The family who lived in the real house sued the production company because shots of the real house were used in some of the film's trailers.
The rejected score for The Exorcist was used for the film The Amityville Horror.
The house has now had a number of new owners. None have ever reported anything even slightly supernatural about the house. They have all been harrassed by annoying tourists. The house No. has been changed and the latest owner has spent a large sum of money restoring and renovating both the house and the boatshed.
George and Kathy Lutz relocated to the West Coast of America. They are now divorced but still doing interviews about the case.
Amityville township and local historians avoid interviews and press about the house to this day. However the media still run stories which aren't all together correct or truthfull.
Maybe one day the DeFeo's will be allowed to rest in peace.
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