09/3/13

Ghost Video: Kings Park Psychiatric Center

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A reader recorded this video at Kings Park Psychiatric Center in Kings Park, NY. He writes:

“This is raw footage from August 25, 2013 at Kings Park Psychiatric Center where myself and a friend were ghost hunting. In the video, my friends sees something odd through a broken window and gets a bad feeling and calls me over. Filming through the broken window, a dark figure is seen from behind one of the window panes. He moves to the left right before a loud bang is heard outside next to us and my friend feels something fly past her.”

The state-run Psychiatric Center opened its doors in 1885 and closed 1996. Thousands of patients passed through the facility during its 111-year history and it seems some of them never left. What do you think of the video?

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04/5/13

Reader Submissions: 5 True Ghost Stories to Keep You Up at Night

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Here are five reader submissions that will have you sleeping with the lights on. Which true ghost story do you find the most unnerving?

More Strange Activity at the House on the Hill
It seems the haunted house on the hill is still quite active…

“So something creepy happened to John and the guy riding with him at the haunted house yesterday. He got his work truck stuck in the mud (which in itself is hilarious) and they were sitting in the truck about 50 or 60 feet from the house, waiting for my dad or bro to come pull them out. While waiting, John and the new guy started joking around and asking ‘the ghosts’ for help getting out of the mud. About 30 minutes into the wait, they suddenly started hearing music. Loud music. John described it as old timey jazz. It faded in and out a few times then they heard a couple strange moaning sounds. After that, it all stopped. About 20 minutes later, help arrived and pulled them out of the mud.”

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04/1/13

Ghost Picture of the Day: The Amityville Ghost Boy

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Keeping with the Amityville theme, here’s a famous ghost picture from the infamous Amityville horror house. The story goes that the photo was taken during an investigation helmed by well-known demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens said no one was home during the time of the photo. Believers speculate the boy is the ghost of a murdered DeFeo child or a demon in disguise. Critics have suggested the “boy” is actually a member of the Warrens’ investigation team, Paul Bartz. What do you think?

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03/31/13

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

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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 Amazon.com (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?