The oldest son of the “Amityville horror family” revealed how his experiences in the house in the ‘70s ruined his life.
Danny Lutz, a 47-year-old Queens UPS driver, said he was only 10 years old when his family moved into the house. Before them, the family that lived there was brutally murdered.
He said they experienced “paranormal activities” in the house and soon left, which eventually inspired a book and a movie to be made.
Lutz is now starring in a documentary about his life in the house, and it is the first time he has spoken about it in 40 years.
“I didn’t want to be the Amityville horror kid. I’ve been running away from it my whole life and it finally caught up with me,”” Lutz said in the trailer for My Amityville Horror. It is set to be released on March 15.
“I was possessed by a spirit I couldn’t get rid of on my own. I just wanted somebody to believe me. It has been in my dreams my whole life.”
He and his family lived in 112 Ocean Avenue for a month in 1975, but moved out when they experienced a series of paranormal events.
It was just a year before that when Ronald ‘Butch’ DeFeo, 23, shot his parents and four siblings.
Lutz’s family moved in later, and were scared off after just one month.
His mother Kathy said she levitated, saw glowing red eyes, and had nightmares about the murder.
Her husband George said strange noises woke him up in the morning, at the same time the murder happened, and Danny’s young sister Missy had an imaginary friend.
They claim that many of the things they experienced in their time there mimicked the events of the murder. They smelled strange scents, felt cold drafts and saw objects moving on their own.
They had a priest visit the home who heard a voice saying “Get out,” an event that was later incorporated to the movie.
But the family has received much criticism by people who think they are trying to profit from the experiences and have simply made up the events.
Yet Lutz is adamant that what he experienced was real. He said furniture would move around, voices would whisper, and he experienced “bodily possession.”
In the documentary, he returns to the house, which is now occupied by a different family, but he doesn’t enter.
“He’s been carrying around this weight for nearly 40 years,” documentary maker Eric Walter said. “It’s not easy to talk about.”