Monday, November 9, 2009

Amityville : 35 Years Later

The 35th anniversary of Ronald Defeo's brutal slaying of his entire family on 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York is this coming Friday and by a complete coincidence, Jen and I ended up in Amityville this past weekend. After living an hour or so away from the house all these years, we finally headed out there to take a look at the house, completely unaware that we showed up just one week prior to the anniversary. Although the house looks a bit different than it did back in the day - the most notable of differences being the change in windows - it's still pretty damn recognizable. Here's a couple pictures I snapped as we drove by.





It has long been a desire of mine to take a trip up to the house, so I can finally cross this one off the bucket list. Although I wish I could lie to make this post more interesting, no pigs were seen in the windows and no paranormal activity was witnessed. I really wish the people that owned this place would embrace it and open it up for tours, at least around Halloween time....

9 comments:

Emily said...

As a Long Island native, I'm embarrassed to never have taken the drive out there back when I lived out that way. There was, however, a fourth grade teacher in my elementary school that lived in that town and had therefore earned the nickname The Amitivylle Horror. Sad thing was, she was actually very nice.

Johnny said...

I'm kinda ashamed myself that i've lived on Long Island all my life and it wasn't until now that I finally paid the house a visit!

Emily said...

Now I must know: which hamlet named for a probably extinct Native American tribe are you from? I'm of the Patchogue-Medford peoples.

Patrick said...

Thank you for the pictures.

Such an interesting history that house has. So many books and movies it's inspired.

I'm a big fan of the original Amityiville Horror film.

the jaded viewer said...

I live in NYC and I've never made it out there. The only notable movie landmark near me is the McDowell's from Coming to America (its a Wendys)

Johnny said...

Emily - Hampton Bays

B-Movie Becky said...

It's funny because since I moved away from Seattle, I find myself wanting to do all the things I never did my first 18 years of life while living there whenever I visit. (That was a confusing sentence).

Anyway, it's a gorgeous house. Glad you got the opportunity.

Wings said...

Sometimes it is easy to take for granted the places that are really close to us. For some reason, they don't have the mystique of places far away.

I was born and raised in the same city as Lizzie Borden and would wait at the bus station, sitting right across the street from where the murders took place. It was cool, but it was always there, so it wasn't "rare", you know?

After many years, the Borden house did become owned by people who wanted to embrace the history. It is a museum/b&b now!

Carl (ILHM) said...

Definitely on my haunted road trip hit list whenever I get around to touring the country, very jealous Johnny!