Amityville Kid, Danny Lutz, Shares His Story in “My Amityville Horror”


The case of the Amityville haunting is one of the most famous in the United States, yet also one of the most disputed. Now, a new documentary offers a fresh look at the familiar tale by sharing the personal experience of Danny Lutz, the 10-year-old boy who lived at the home during the infamous haunting.

The Amityville Horror Case
In 1974, Ronald “Butch” DeFeo, Jr., 23, shot and killed his parents and four siblings in their home at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, N.Y. The Lutz family – George and Kathy and children Danny, Chris, and Missy – moved into the house 13 months later. What followed was 28 days of unimaginable horror, or so the stories go. In later interviews, George and Kathy suggested the entity that tortured their family may have also caused the DeFeo slayings.

According to Jay Anson’s best-selling book, The Amityville Horror (1977), terrifying events at the home included doors slamming open and closed, slime oozing from walls, cloven hoof prints in the snow, physical assaults from unseen entities, and hordes of flies, among other things. When a priest came to bless the home, a demonic voice told him to get out. Several members of the family also spotted a menacing, pig-like being with sharp teeth and glowing red eyes.

Doubts About the Amityville Haunting
The Amityville case also inspired a film, The Amityville Horror, released in 1979. As the story grew, so did the number of critics who found numerous holes in the Lutz’s story, or at least in Anson’s retelling. The same year the film came out, Butch DeFeo’s defense lawyer, William Weber, said the haunting was a hoax he’d helped the Lutzs devise. For their part, the Lutz couple stuck to their story, and both passed a lie detector test. Families who lived in the home after the Lutz family have reported no trouble whatsoever.

My Amityville Horror
George and Kathy died in the early 2000s, and the three Lutz children have been reluctant to share their story. Until now. My Amityville Horror is the story of the infamous haunting from Danny Lutz’s point of view and how the supernatural events continue to haunt him to this day.

My Amityville Horror made the rounds at a few film festivals and is now available via (click link on left to access). Whether you believe the Amityville story or not, the documentary offers a fascinating look at what it’s like to be part of an infamous haunting and how this experience can profoundly change a person’s life.

Here’s an interesting interview with director Eric Walter in which he discusses working with the volatile Danny, if he thinks the Amityville claims are true, and what drew him to the Amityville case.

What’s your take on the Amityville story?

5 thoughts on “Amityville Kid, Danny Lutz, Shares His Story in “My Amityville Horror”

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  2. I was a skeptic of the whole thing until I saw the News report with Danny’s testimony as well as the trailer with the man himself speaking.

    He’s no liar. But he introduced an interesting new piece of information :

    According to Daniel, his Ex-Marine father George Lutz was a Dabbler in the Occult, particularly Satanism and Black Magick.

    In part of this article I’ll share with you, he mentions how Lutz actually moved an object telekinetically at their old home before moving into the Amittyville house.

    I don’t think he’s lying. The poor man is clearly emotionally destroyed from his experience with George Lutz, he even details physical abuse from Lutz on him and his siblings.

    I’m more inclined to believe him than I am his bastard step father. This poor man actually left his home at 15 to live homeless for years and is estranged from both his children.

    He lives as a stonemason in New York. I’m sorry, but if he was making money off of it, I fail to see where he’s becoming rich and famous now. More like poor and infamous.

    If what Daniel Lutz says is true, the activity had nothing to do with the house itself but with George Lutz’s dabblings in Satanism.

    It may have fed on the residual negativity left in the home itself and used the energy from the DeFeo murder at the house as an Antenna to become stronger. The power from a murder is enough to amp up the activity from demons.

    That’s why places where no black magick was performed, but had histories of violence or murder are sometimes infested with demons. It leaves a mark on the land which like a wound festers until someone spiritual can come along to cleanse,and over time heal the wound.

    This is just speculation on my part of course, I wasn’t there so how am I to know what actually happened? But I doubt this guy would go through reliving it again for kicks. He’s been through enough already.

    And I fail to see how he’s making money off of this. What do you think?

    The Documentary is on youtube btw but they’ll charge you $3.99 to view it. Still cheaper than seeing it in theater. For $4.99 you can see it on youtube in HD just type it in and you’ll see it.

    And he didn’t make any profit from the documentary and the guy who made it is himself a self-confessed skeptic though he admits something must’ve taken place there.

    Here’s the news article :

    A nd an Interview with the man who created the Documentary

  3. I believe! I can relate to Danny in the most simplest of statements where…….. “I have had unbelievable things happen to me and people say to me, IT DID NOT HAPPEN”. I wish I could send an email directly expressing this. Incredible documentary and an incredible man!

  4. Christopher, who was 7 and 8 at the time, stated pretty much the same thing that Danny did–and has for some time. They both claim George was into the occult and released demons and spirits by ceremony into the home which followed them afterwards. Which would explain why no one else has reported a haunting at the house since. And neither liked George one bit, so they have no need to perpetuate a fraud.

  5. I believe the man. It is as simple as that.

    It looks as if I’m not the only one who feels this way.

    Just listening to people debate it, “well, at 1st i didn’t know if i believed”…..etc, is tiresome!
    I say, It might not be up to you/us as an individual to ‘decide’ if what he says is true. Instead try this: Be THANKFUL it didn’t happen to you. (Any of it!)

    Danny Lutz , I would love to talk to you!

    I know exactly how hard it is to be in your situation. (Not nearly as extreme as your situation, but I am familiar w the dynamics.)

    When/if u want to talk to somebody who can relate…I would love to sit down and talk to you. And not just…maybe not at all…about Amityville.

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