The Amityville Murders
Around 6:30 p.m. on November 13, 1974, Ronald “Butch” DeFeo, Jr. ran into a local bar in Amityville, New York, screaming that his family had been murdered. Butch’s best friend Robert “Bobby” Kelske happened to be at the bar. After begging for help, Butch managed to round up Bobby and four other men he knew at the bar.
Upon entering the house, Bobby found the family’s sheepdog, Shaggy, tied to the kitchen door. The men then ran upstairs and were immediately overwhelmed by the rancid smells of what they would soon discover. In the master bedroom lay Ronald “Big Ronnie” DeFeo, 43, and his wife Louise, 42, face down in their bed. A bullet hole in the center of Ronald’s back indicated that he was, in fact, dead. The same wound was found on Louise.
In the northeast bedroom, one man found the bodies of Marc, 12, and John, 9, Butch’s younger brothers, face down in their beds. Both boys were covered in blood with a bullet hole in the center of their backs. Finally, the men found the bodies of Allison, 13, and Dawn, 18 with bullet holes in the same spot as the rest of the family.
All of the bodies were found laying face down on the bed with their arms above their heads and a single bullet hole in the center of each of their backs.
Butch was taken in by police for questioning when they were called to the scene. He soon became the number one suspect and eventually admitted to all six murders. He was then put on trial and charged with six accounts of second-degree murder. DeFeo is still serving his term at Green Haven Correctional Facility.