CRIME
11/14/2014 12:30 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'Amityville Horror' Haunts New York Town 40 Years Later

Forty years ago, a gruesome and shocking murder rocked a quiet New York suburb.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 1974, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo, Jr., shot and killed his parents and four siblings as they slept in their beds at home. DeFeo, the only surviving member of the family, would later tell police that "the voices from the house made him do it."

The murders inspired a book called "The Amityville Horror," which was later adapted into a series of films.

The house where the slaughter took place still stands, and while it's become a destination, especially around Halloween, some residents have a long memory of the killings.

"It will always be here," one neighbor, who identified herself only as Linda, told WCBS radio. "People have horrible memories about the house and it has been sold and resold and people go there and they have vigils over there to watch it."

Others just want to move past the murders.

“You know someone isn’t from Amityville, when they talk about the Amityville Horror House,” 28-year-old resident Terence Krey told HuffPost Live. “I can walk past it and not even think about it. It’s just a house.”

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