One of the big theories Katzenbach aimed to explore and find out the truth of was the one about a second gun that was used in the DeFeo murders, allegedly wielded by an unknown accomplice working with Ronnie DeFeo to wipe out his entire family in cold blood. Various testimonies over the years, including those of DeFeo himself, have indicated that there was in fact a second gun used to kill the family, a .38 handgun. Ballistics reports even seem to suggest the same, with at least one bullet that was allegedly not fired from the rifle that the others were. Convinced that this second gun was thrown into the canal behind the 112 Ocean Avenue house after the murders, Katzenbach enlisted the help of a dive team to comb the bottom of the canal in an effort to find the gun and confirm this hunch, efforts which began in the Summer of 2011. After an extensive dive, the team found over 300 metallic objects at the bottom of the canal, no gun in sight.
Cut to this past Thursday, January 19th. Not about to give up, Katzenbach and the dive team head out to Amityville once more, taking to the frigid waters with a hope and a prayer. At around 4:00pm on that day, the following picture is posted to Katzenbach's Facebook wall ...
Buried under feet of water and mud, there it was; the remains of what Katzenbach believes to be the .38 handgun used in the DeFeo murders, a missing piece of the Amityville puzzle finally found after nearly four decades. Amityville was teeming with police officers and detectives on Thursday, who immediately confiscated the gun after it was found. Though they claim that the gun has no connection to the case, and in fact may just be a flare gun, Katzenbach is still convinced otherwise. If the Suffolk County Police Department truly believes what they're saying that would mean that the gun now belongs to Katzenbach, rather than to the evidence department, and he aims to have a member of his team pick it up this coming Monday. Whether or not the department hands it over will be quite telling, revealing their true thoughts about the alleged piece of evidence. Is this just another in a long line of cover-ups about the case? We shall see come next week.
So what does this mean if this is in fact the gun that Ronnie DeFeo and others have for years been claiming was used in the murders, alongside the rifle fired by DeFeo? Though it ultimately doesn't bring us any closer to answering any questions as to who might have held and fired it, as fingerprinting it is obviously out of the question at this point, this key piece of evidence would bring us one big ole step closer to finding out what really happened on that night, which has been Katzenbach's goal all along. The truth is closer than ever.
I don't know about you, but I find it hard to believe that this isn't the gun that has been reported as being used in the murders. It sure looks like the remains of a .38 to me and the odds seem incredibly, well, odd that such a gun could've been lying in that canal all these years that has absolutely no connection to the case. That just doesn't add up and at this point, I'm a lot more keen to side with Katzenbach on this one than the Suffolk County Police Department. If you're asking me, Katzenbach has made history here, in a big big way.
To check out a whole album of photos from the dive that resulted in the gun being found, head over to the Facebook album 'Amityville Murder Weapon Recovery' over on diver Bill Pfeiffer's page. Credit goes to him for the above photo.
As for Katzenbach's documentary, I once again urge you to pick up your copy of Shattered Hopes : Part 1, which is an absolutely must own and must see piece of history for anyone who is interested in the puzzling murder case. Expect this most recent dive to be documented in a future part of the trilogy.