In December 1975, George and Kathleen Lutz and their three children moved into 112 Ocean Avenue, a large Dutch Colonial house in Amityville, a suburban neighborhood located on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Thirteen months before the Lutzes moved in, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. had shot and killed six members of his family at the house. After 28 days, the Lutzes left the house, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there.
Some of the experiences of the Lutz family at the house have been described as follows:
1. George would wake up around 3:15 every morning and would go out to check the boathouse. Later he would learn that this was the estimated time of the DeFeo killings.
2. The house was plagued by swarms of flies despite the winter weather.
3. Kathy had vivid nightmares about the murders and discovered the order in which they occurred, and the rooms where they took place. The Lutzes' children also began sleeping on their stomachs, in the same way that the dead bodies in the DeFeo murders had been found.
4. Kathy would feel a sensation as if "being embraced" in a loving manner, by an unseen force.
5. Kathy discovered a small hidden room (around four feet by five feet) behind shelving in the basement. The walls were painted red and the room did not appear in the blueprints of the house. The room came to be known as "The Red Room." This room had a profound effect on their dog Harry, who refused to go near it and cowered as if sensing something negative.
6. There were cold spots and odors of perfume and excrement in areas of the house where no wind drafts or piping would explain the source.
7. While tending to the fire, George and Kathy alledgedly saw the image of the devil with half his head blown out. It was burned into the soot in the back of the fireplace.
8. The Lutzes' five year old daughter, Missy, developed an imaginary friend named "Jodie," a demonic pig-like creature with glowing red eyes.
9. George would be woken up by the sound of the front door slamming. He would race downstairs to find the dog sleeping soundly at the front door. Nobody else heard the sound although it was loud enough to wake the house.
10. George would hear what was described as a "German marching band tuning up" or what sounded like a clock radio playing not quite on frequency. When he went downstairs the noise would cease.
11. George realized that he bore a strong resemblance to Ronald DeFeo, Jr., and began drinking at The Witches' Brew, the bar where DeFeo was once a regular customer.
12. While checking the boathouse one night, George saw a pair of red eyes looking at him from Missy's bedroom window. When he went upstairs to her room, there was nothing to be found. Later it was suggested that it could have been "Jodie".
13. While in bed, Kathy received red welts on her chest caused by an unseen force and was levitated two feet off the bed.
Locks, doors and windows in the house were damaged by an unseen force.
14. Cloven hoofprints attributed to an enormous pig appeared in the snow outside the house on January 1, 1976.
15. Green slime oozed from walls in the hall, and also from the keyhole of the playroom door in the attic.
16. A 12-inch (30 cm) crucifix, hung in a closet by Kathy, revolved until it was upside down and gave off a sour smell.
17. George tripped over a four foot high china lion which was an ornament in the living room, and was left with bite marks on one of his ankles.
18. George saw Kathy transform into an old woman of ninety, "the hair wild, a shocking white, the face a mass of wrinkles and ugly lines, and saliva dripping from the toothless mouth."