Real-Life Haunted Houses Around the World


The Amityville House

In 1975, the Lutz family moved into a Dutch Colonial house on 112 Ocean Avenue in the suburbs of Long Island, New York. They moved out after only 28 days, leaving all their possessions behind. The home was the site of a murder just thirteen months prior. Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot and killed his family (six people). The Lutz’s claimed they were terrorized by paranormal spirits while they lived there, but numerous people have come forward throughout the years claiming the story was completely fabricated and that the Amityville haunting was a hoax. The debate continues to swirl. The documentary My Amityville Horror was released earlier this year and centered on one of the Lutz children, Daniel, who supported his parents’ story and made claims of possession and telekinesis. The house still stands today, although it’s iconic quarter round windows have been altered. The Lutz’s story was turned into a popular horror film, The Amityville Horror.