An inaccurate assessment of several
crime-scene photos has recently been circulating the Net. It has been
alleged that the all-important "bloody shoes" photo that was uncovered in
the Suffolk County Police files is a fake because the baseboards behind
the shoes do not match the baseboards in the bedrooms. This is an
inaccurate assessment of this photo. There are several images at the
bottom of this page that show that no one style of baseboard was within
the DeFeo house (See the Crime-Scene Gallery
for additional crime-scene photos.).
So why is the "bloody shoes" significant?
The photo of the bloody shoes is just one
piece of evidence that supports the fact that the DeFeos were not asleep
at the time of their murders. It also lends credence to retired New York
City police detective Herman Race, who was the expert criminologist hired
for the DeFeo defense. Mr. Race told the presiding judge that not all of
the DeFeos were shot in their beds. Mr. Race arrived at this conclusion
because of bloodstains on the floors of the house (See
The Injustice that Followed for more
For many years, the Amityville legends have
relied on the misconception that the DeFeos were restrained
from awakening during their own murders. The "bloody shoes" photo is one
example of information in The Night the DeFeos Died that shows the
DeFeo murders were not as "cut and dry" as originally thought.
Clockwise From Left to Right: Crime-scene photographs taken at 112 Ocean
Avenue on November 13, 1974. The "bloody shoes" photo; the baseboard (or
in the master bedroom; the baseboard in the basement; the baseboard in the master bedroom; and the baseboard in the kitchen.
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