Horrific tragedy inspired by Amityville murders

Earlier today I noticed a spike in traffic for the search term “Amityville ghost boy”. Something was up but I didn’t know what. Now I know. It’s worse than I imagined.

13-year-old boy kills parents, grandmother and great aunt before spending full day at school and then committing suicide after being ‘inspired’ by ghost story attached to Amityville Horror massacre – Americas – World – The Independent.

A 13-year-old Brazilian boy killed his parents, grandmother and great aunt before spending a full day at school and then taking his own life.

Marcelo Pesseghini is thought to have killed his military officer parents in their bedroom using a police issue .40 calibre pistol. The boy’s father, 40-year-old Luiz, was found dead in his bed, while his 30-year-old mother Andreia was discovered on her knees on the bedroom floor.

Marcelo Pesseghini’s grandmother, 65-year-old Benedita de Oliveira Bovo, and his great aunt, 55-year-old Bernadete Oliveira da Silva, were also found dead in their beds, but in a separate part of the same building. All four victims had suffered gunshot wounds to the head.

Later, he calmly walked home from school. He was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot and had another gun in his backpack. The guns apparently belonged to his family. He was clearly disturbed, having mentioned to others that he would kill his parents and wanted to be a “hired killer”. He was highly interested in the story of the Amityville Horror. The case, now widely discredited as a hoax, was associated with the grisly murder that took place before the Lutz family moved it. Ronald DeFeo killed his entire family in that house, supposedly inspired by voices that told him to kill them. Pesseghini may have had similar mental disturbances.

The story of the Amityville murders and the Amityville ghost boy were influential on this boy but were not the cause of this horrible crime. It is far more complicated than that.

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  4 comments for “Horrific tragedy inspired by Amityville murders

  1. Chris Howard
    August 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Didn’t the kiddo in the photo end up being one of the residents children, and not a ghost?

  2. Chris Howard
    August 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    And I just now saw the link, below the picture. Thanks.

  3. August 7, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    That’s not an infrared photo – it’s just a regular black and white with a flash. I think they said that just to make it seem like they’d detected a phantom that was invisible to ordinary eyes. Real infrared portraits have dark eyes, white skin and halation (a sort of halo effect around highlight) due to the nature of the film and the different degrees of reflection and absorbtion of materials under infrared and visible light – see http://www.robertchavez.com/chavez/black_white/heather.html

  4. Cesar
    August 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    The whole story is still a big mystery. Relatives claim that the boy was a perfectly normal child and would never do that; all were shot with a .40 pistol and it is doubtful that the kid could even handle it. Forensic tests aren’t fully completed, but it seems that the father died eight to ten hours before the rest of the family members. There’s a growing suspicion that everything was a well planned and well executed revenge: both father and mother were police officers and she would have denounced a case of corruption involving senior police officers sometime ago.

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