Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: The real Amityville Horror

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.

Evidence Files: Marc DeFeo’s Bloody Bed

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.