Amityville events left children haunted

In an update to an earlier story, here, filmaker, Eric Walter, has made a documentary from his years of research into the Amityville haunting case, “My Amityville Horror”.

Still Haunted by Amityville –

[…]The film, which will have its New York premiere Saturday at IFC Center as part of the third annual DOC NYC festival, features the first-person testimony of Daniel Lutz, the eldest of the Lutz siblings, who was 9 when the events occurred. A recluse who had a troubled, combative relationship with his stepfather and claims to have been homeless for a period after leaving his family in his early teens, Mr. Lutz has kept his secrets to himself until now.

Mr. Lutz is not expected to make a public appearance with the film, nor is he doing interviews to promote it. According to Mr. Walter, Mr. Lutz’s brother Christopher and sister Melissa did not participate because “they either don’t want to talk about the experience or they want to do it in their own fashion.”

In the film, Mr. Lutz’s conversation with Mr. Walter (who sits off-camera) becomes tense at times, the wrong question igniting flashes of anger. At the very end, he walks off. Skeptics might suggest he has coped with real childhood trauma by incorporating the lore promoted by his stepfather into his memories. “He was haunted by this man, along with these events,” the filmmaker said, “and they seemed to intermingle into this one energy.”

There is plenty of evidence to show that the Amityville case did not happen AT ALL like the books and movies described. What did happen? We will likely never know for sure. But what we DO know is that it clearly affected the children and the entire family. It did not end well for the Lutz’. But the legacy suggests that there are not really haunted houses, just haunted people.

The actual Amityville house today.

  1 comment for “Amityville events left children haunted

  1. November 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Way back in 1982, Hammer Films and ITV broadcast a fictionalized version of the Amityville case, in which a family sets up an elaborate (and gruesome) haunting hoax in order to score a book deal. I don’t want to give away the ending, except to say that it’s entirely relevant to this post.

    It’s pretty graphic (British broadcast standards in the 80s being quite different from those in the US), but if you’re a horror fan of a skeptical bent it’s well worth watching, and you can see it on YouTube.

    The House that Bled to Death, Hammer Films, ITV, 1982. 51:42.

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