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.
Tip: David Wood