The Warrens Investigate: The Amityville Horror
Ed and Lorraine Warren’s most famous case by far is their investigation of the home which was the subject of The
Amityville Horror. The Warrens were 2 of 9 people who investigated the home. Even now, 24 years later, the Amityville investigation
is their most requested lecture topic. We’ve included some photos here on the website, but to see the most shocking,
revealing, and interesting photographs, you’ll need to attend one of the Warrens’ many lectures.
Over the years, rumors have abounded which claim to prove the Amityville case a fraud. How these rumors started and how
they became so ubiquitous is unclear; what is clear is that the Warrens saw the house for themselves, and experienced some
of the phenomena which occurred. They have photographs and reports which show remarkable proof of the existence of very remarkable
phenomena in that house.
It’s believed that the hoax rumor began with a man who called himself Dr. Steven Kaplan, although he held no doctorate
degree from any university. This fact was exposed on several occasions, yet that never stopped Mr. Kaplan from making these
claims. He was the self-proclaimed president of the Parapsychology Society of Long Island and some other related societies,
presumably founded by himself. As far as the Warrens can tell, he hated them because Mr. Lutz, the owner of the Amityville
Horror home called Mr. Kaplan prior to calling the Warrens, and asked him to investigate the situation. Mr. Kaplan came to
the home to "investigate" with 6 witches and the Channel 7 news team, and Mr. Lutz threw Mr. Kaplan off the property---and
then called the Warrens. This started a 20 year vendetta of Mr. Kaplan against the Warrens.
The basic claims of Mr. Kaplan insisting Amityville to be a hoax were discussed with Ed Warren and Mr. Kaplan on a Long
Island radio show. Kaplan insisted that Amityville was a hoax because Jay Anson’s book, The Amityville Horror,
has some inconsistencies in it, and it was not 100% accurate. The Warrens felt that Mr. Anson’s book was not 100% accurate
as well, but only because Mr. Anson was unfamiliar with the terms of art of the field of demonology, not because of any purposeful
error on his or Mr. Lutz’s part. Apparently Mr. Kaplan simply could not let go of the idea that he had ruined his chance
to become involved in what may be the world’s most famous paranormal investigation, and therefore started the rumor
that it was all a hoax.
Mr. Kaplan wrote a book concerning the Amityville story, called The Amityville Conspiracy, and one week before the
book was published he died from a heart attack. The book contains far more contradictions and mis-stated facts than The
Amityville Horror by Jay Anson. Kaplan was never even inside of the Amityville house (except to attend a party--not as
part of an investigation), despite his claims to the contrary.
Kaplan nevertheless swore that he had photographs and investigative materials. Ed Warren offered him $5000 to show him
the hoax evidence, yet Kaplan declined. When Ed Warren asked how Kaplan had conducted his investigation, Kaplan couldn’t
even specify what equipment he’d used. Somehow, he managed to lie his way out of every possible detail.
Ultimately, a Babylon, NY radio station made Mr. Kaplan apologize to the Warrens because they’d uncovered that Kaplan
had fabricated the hoax rumor. Kaplan said on the radio program, "I will never go against the Warrens again." Given his health,
he was never able to try, although his apology was short- lived.
The Warrens found that Mr. Lutz’s descriptions of the paranormal activity in the home were very accurate for a case
of demonic possession, although the Lutz’s had never studied demonology--they would not have know how to fabricate the
story that they told.
But why is the hoax story so popular? Part of the reason was that the chief of police’s son was a newspaper reporter,
and the police hoped to get vandals out of the area--since the story had broken, the traffic in the area had been nonstop.
An erroneous story was printed in Newsday about how the Amityville case was a hoax, and that helped to perpetuate the hoax
But who would have profited from fabricating such a story? The Lutzes received little or no money from the books and movies.
Jay Anson, the author of The Amityville Horror surely profited from his book, but it seems that no one else did. Another rumor
persists that the Lutz’s lawyer, Attorney Webber, fabricated the story with them over several bottles of wine. Truth
be told, the Lutzes didn’t drink and had only a bottle of blessed wine in the house given to them by Father Pecoraro.
Rumor has it that Webber wanted to write his own book, but Jay Anson simply beat him to it.
Jay Anson, author of The Amityville Horror had a heart attack while he was writing the last chapter of the book.
He recovered from this heart attack but had a second, fatal heart attack while writing his second book "666" on the anti-Christ.
These are only two of the many "coincidences" that plague the Amityville story.
What follows is a short version of the Warrens’ own story about their Amityville investigation. This was compiled
from their oral history taken during a NESPR meeting in October, 1997 (these classes are open to the public--details on how
and where to attend are included elsewhere in this web site) We’ve included it here to help dispel the rumors that Amityville
was a hoax. The New England Society for Psychic Research strongly believes that only through dissemination of accurate
information concerning paranormal activity can the public be informed that such activity really exists--and that evil is among
us. It is not until the public understands that this is so that we can begin to combat such forces in our midst. As long as
fraud stories persist, and as long as people who experience real such trauma are ridiculed, Satan and evil forces can continue
to do their work here on earth. It is only through information and understanding that good can prevail.
History of the property: The property was used as a sort of insane asylum for Native Americans who were sick and dying.
There had been an enclosure on the property, where the patients were housed. Inhuman spirits revel in such suffering and are
able to infest the graves of those who were buried in unconsecrated ground.
Background: The problems at the Amityville house seemed to stem from the Ronald DeFeo murders on November 13, 1974. Mr.
DeFeo hated his father and had plotted to kill him--he’d even worked out a scheme by which he could do so. Mr. DeFeo
was on drugs, and his father knew about it. Later he said that there was a shadow ghost alongside of him during the killings
which compelled him to shoot his two brothers and his sister at 3:15 am on November 13, 1974. Although the houses in this
quiet Amityville neighborhood were only 40 feet apart, no neighbors awoke during the shootings. All of the victims were found
on their stomachs. The Warrens believe that the victims were in a state of phantomania, which in effect paralyzed them, making
them unable to cry out for help.
How the Warrens became involved: Ed and Lorraine Warren met with a priest, Father Pecararo, and the Lutzes when they were
first called in to investigate. The Lutzes were living at Mrs. Lutz’s mother’s house in Deer Park, NY because
they were too afraid to go back to the house to live. They were all but afraid to even speak of the phenomena, so deep was
their fear. They’d even left all of their furniture and possessions behind, not daring to return to move out--it simply
wasn’t worth the risk.
The first time the Warrens went to the house it was with an anchorman from the Channel 5 news, a professor from Duke University,
and the president of the American Society for Psychic Research. That first day was horrifying. Lorraine received nonstop clairvisual
and clairaudial messages about the phenomena which had occurred.
Anxious to see for himself whether or not the phenomena was real, Ed, who normally experiences little clairvoyant feelings
at all, went into the cellar. The cellar is typically where evil spirits spend their days, and Ed therefore felt that would
be the best place for him to start. Despite his usual immunity from witnessing phenomena, Ed saw shadows along with thousands
of pinpoints of light. These shadows attempted to push him to the ground. Ed used religious resistance and commanded the evil
spirits to leave. He immediately got the sensation of something attempting to lift him off of the ground, and he knew then
that this was truly a house of evil. Although he knew that this was serious case, he had no idea how severe it really was.
He has never been so seriously affected in any case before, or after, the Amityville Horror case.
Lorraine’s Experiences: Lorraine was frightened even before she’d entered the house. She’d contacted
some priest friends in advance and asked them to accompany her in spirit into the house. She took relics with her of Padre
Pio which she’d received in a letter from a total stranger earlier in the week.
As she went to the stairs to go to the 2nd floor landing, she felt as if there was a huge force of rushing water against
her, and the atmosphere around here was solidifying.
On the second floor, Lorraine went into the sewing room. Marvin Scott, the Channel 5 anchorman, told Lorraine, "I hope
that this is as close to hell as I ever get," as they went into Missy’s room. Lorraine immediately clairvoyantly knew
that Missy’s room had the same furniture as it had when the DeFeo girls were murdered. Mr. Lutz had let his children
sleep in the DeFeo children’s death beds.
In the master bedroom, one wall was all mirrors. Lorraine sat on the bed where the DeFeo parents had been shot. Only the
mattress on the bed had been changed. The feeling in the rooms was that of absolute horror, and going from room to room did
not dissipate the feeling at all. One just seemed more horrible than the next.
On the third floor, Lorraine clairvoyantly encountered Ronald DeFeo. This encounter was so awful, and he was so sinister,
that she felt there was absolutely nothing she could do to help--or eject--his spirit from the house.
Once she was downstairs again, she was asked to do something she had never wanted to do after entering the house--she was
asked to communicate with the spirits in the house and ask what had really happened. All of the investigators were in the
room. The investigator from Duke University actually passed out cold from fear! Two of the other investigators complained
of heart palpitations and had to rest on the floor. The house seemed to have the most dire effect on men. Mary Pascarella,
the Director of a prominent psychic research group in New Haven, actually became so ill that she had to be taken outside and
from that moment forward she never entered the house again.
Ed and Lorraine Warren left a 1:00am. Both were so affected that they vowed they’d never go back into that house
again. But they did....and the Amityville Horror story was born.