In the late 1970s, Amityville became
synonymous with horror after Jay Ansonís book The
Amityville Horror became a bestseller. The official Amityville Village response
to the story is that it was all a hoax. Amityville Mayor Peter Imbert stated in a
recent Newsday article that, "We don't see it
as a positive thing for the community."
Regardless, there are those in Amityville who
believe that the village should capitalize on the story much like
Salem, Massachusetts, has chosen to cash in on its infamous
reputation stemming from the Salem witch trials. Nevertheless, when
presented with the idea to turn the house into a bed and breakfast,
Amityville village trustees have constantly voted against it. Twenty-five years ago,
Jay Anson's book and the subsequent movie
version put the Village of
Amityville on the map. Therefore, it is conceivable that in another 25
years, tourists will still be travelling down Ocean Avenue to see the
"horror" house. If at that time the house does not exist, then the
visitors will be travelling to see a vacant plot where the horror house once
stood. Neither Amityville nor the owners of the infamous house will ever be
able to outrun the myths.
All good intentions aside, The Amityville
Murders would like to ask
its readers to please remember that a family does live at the house Ocean
Avenue. Although they bought the house knowing its reputation, there
is no excuse that their privacy should be invaded. The Amityville
Murders provides pictures of the house and the surrounding area, so that
hordes of tourists will not descend upon Ocean Avenue, trampling and
trespassing to see the house.
Today, the house has been renovated extensively. The boathouse has
been raised, a sunroom has been added on the back of the house to give it a
more symmetrical look and the driveway has been repaved. These are just some
of the extensive (and expensive) changes the owner has incurred. Why?
Because the new owners love the property. The Amityville Murders
would rather see a family that loves the historic Amityville
property reside in it, rather than one that simply wants to
capitalize on the home's past misfortune.
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The house as it appears today.
St. Martins used for the DeFeo funeral.