May 26th, 2010
09:24 AM ET
The tell-tale jack-o-lantern windows are gone and even the house number has changed. And now for the first time in 13 years (13 - spooky!) the "Amityville Horror" house is up for sale.
The five-bedroom Dutch Colonial Long Island home with water views and a boathouse is currently priced at $1.5 million. That's a long way from the paltry $55,000 it sold for following reportedly horrific events that took place there back in 1974 after Ronald DeFeo fatally shot six family members in their sleep.
The Lutz family moved into the home one month after the DeFeo tragedy, and their (fictionalized and sensationalized) story is the focus of the classic 1979 film "The Amityville Horror." The Lutzes claimed the home was haunted and that they were plagued by demonic images, walls that oozed slime, a crucifix that spun upside down in front of their eyes, a swarm of flies, objects levitating, a tiny room discovered that was not part of the house's blueprints and other such oddities.
Many people claimed it was merely a money-making scheme on the part of the Lutzes. Nevertheless, the family only lived in the home for a total of 28 days.
Subsequent owners reported no paranormal activity in the home that was located in an otherwise tranquil, upscale community.
According to the Long Island paper Newsday, the couple that owned the home from 1977 to 1987 had the street address changed from 112 Ocean Avenue to 108 Ocean Avenue in order to throw off gawkers.
Ronald DeFeo, meanwhile, is still serving out a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
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