Ronald DeFeo | Killed the six family members with a .35 caliber rifle.  In court he testified to being possessed by Satan whom he blamed for the murders.

Ronald DeFeo | Killed the six family members with a .35 caliber rifle. In court he testified to being possessed by Satan whom he blamed for the murders.

Ronald Joseph "Butch" DeFeo, Jr. (born September 26, 1951) is an American mass murderer. He was tried and convicted for the 1974 killings of his father, mother, two brothers and two sisters. The case is notable for being the real life inspiration behind the book and film versions of The Amityville Horror.

Ronald Joseph "Butch" DeFeo, Jr. (born September 26, 1951) is an American mass murderer. He was tried and convicted for the 1974 killings of his father, mother, two brothers and two sisters. The case is notable for being the real life inspiration behind the book and film versions of The Amityville Horror.

The blood stained bed of murder victim Marc DeFeo, who was murdered by Ronald DeFeo jr. during the mass murder of the Defeo family which would eventually become known as ‘The Real Amityville Horror’.

The blood stained bed of murder victim Marc DeFeo, who was murdered by Ronald DeFeo jr. during the mass murder of the Defeo family which would eventually become known as ‘The Real Amityville Horror’.

Ronald DeFeo, Jr  Convicted of six counts of murder at Amityville, New York in 1974.   He murdered his mother, father, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. One sister and his mother had appeared to have been awake at the time of their murders.  DeFeo denies ever releasing information that his sister was the real murderer as well as 2 of his friends.  The theory had been debunked and proven incorrect in court (the book The Night the Defoes Died is based on the "false" information).

Ronald DeFeo, Jr Convicted of six counts of murder at Amityville, New York in 1974. He murdered his mother, father, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. One sister and his mother had appeared to have been awake at the time of their murders. DeFeo denies ever releasing information that his sister was the real murderer as well as 2 of his friends. The theory had been debunked and proven incorrect in court (the book The Night the Defoes Died is based on the "false" information).

Ronald Defeo Jr with family prior to murders

Ronald Defeo Jr with family prior to murders

DeFeo family. Ronald DeFeo, Jr.and his 4/6 victims (2 brothers and 2 sisters)

DeFeo family. Ronald DeFeo, Jr.and his 4/6 victims (2 brothers and 2 sisters)

Mass murderer Ronald DeFeo Jr.s’ arrest. DeFeo was responsible for the mass murders known as the Real Amityville Horror, when he killed his entire family by shooting them with a .35 caliber rifle...

Mass murderer Ronald DeFeo Jr.s’ arrest. DeFeo was responsible for the mass murders known as the Real Amityville Horror, when he killed his entire family by shooting them with a .35 caliber rifle...

Oct 14, 1975: Trial begins in Amityville murders Ronald DeFeo Jr. goes on trial for the killings of his parents and four siblings in their Amityville, New York, home on October 14, 1975. The family’s...

Oct 14, 1975: Trial begins in Amityville murders Ronald DeFeo Jr. goes on trial for the killings of his parents and four siblings in their Amityville, New York, home on October 14, 1975. The family’s...

Police found six bodies of the DeFeo family home in 1974 after Ronald DeFeo Jr. ran into a bar to make it known his parents were shot. (RED/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Police found six bodies of the DeFeo family home in 1974 after Ronald DeFeo Jr. ran into a bar to make it known his parents were shot. (RED/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The Amityville Horror.  The real Ronald DeFeo at the time of his arrest;  right after the murders

The Amityville Horror. The real Ronald DeFeo at the time of his arrest; right after the murders

Ronald DeFeo ~ The oldest son in the DeFeo family kills his whole family of six in 1974 ~  The Amityville Horrors

Ronald DeFeo ~ The oldest son in the DeFeo family kills his whole family of six in 1974 ~ The Amityville Horrors

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