On November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo burst into a bar, screaming that his family had been murdered. Indeed, DeFeo’s parents and four siblings lay dead in their beds, each shot with a .35 caliber rifle. DeFeo told police the killings were the work of a mobster, but his story soon began to unwind and he was charged with the murders.
On November 13, 1974, six members of the DeFeo family were shot to death in their Amityville, N.Y., home. The family’s 23-year-old son, Ronald “Butch” DeFeo, was tried and convicted of killing his father, mother, two younger sisters and two younger brothers as they slept in their beds.