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Living In a Haunted House

Updated on October 14, 2015

Do You Believe In Haunted Houses?

What about the supernatural, paranormal, ghost, entities, demonic possession? Is it real or just horror stories? Some are noted as historical history.

In Amityville, on November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr., age 17, went on a murderous rampage of his family. While his parents and four younger brothers and sisters were sleeping he methodically shot and killed each one of them. He entered his parent's bedroom first, instantly killing his father Ronald DeFeo Sr. with two shots to the lower back. His mother Louise was awakened by the gunfire but before she had a chance to react Ronald proceeded to fire two bullets into her chest. Since the bodies of his four younger brothers and sisters were all found in their beds, it appeared that they were not awakened by the shots. Ronald was found guilty of six counts of second-degree murder.

When the next family, George and Kathy Lutz moved into the house, they reported that this house was haunted and George Lutz had become possessed by a demon.

Families have lived happily in the Amityville house since the Lutz family fled without being bothered by a single demon or ghost. Does this mean it wasn't real? Or did this demon leave with them?

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The Amityville Horror (1979) and The Amityville Horror (2005) (Double Take) - Compare the Two Versions

The Amityville Horror (1979) / The Amityville Horror (2005) (Two-Pack)
The Amityville Horror (1979) / The Amityville Horror (2005) (Two-Pack)
I remember seeing the first Amityville Horror movie of 1979. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Usually the remake is not as good as the first. But I have to say that is not the case. In the 2005 remake, Ryan Reynolds, found as a comic actor pulled off his serious side of acting on in this horror thriller.

Our Haunted House - This is no Halloween Story

Moving into our first home as a young married couple, it was an exciting experience. Once we had settled in, we felt a strange aura within the house. It was just the two of us, yet often we felt as if we were not alone.

It wasn't just a feeling. It was a cold chill that passed by, a touch on the shoulder, the sound of footsteps and other noises coming from in other rooms when no one else was in there.

This was a small house with the front door leading directly into the tiny living room, and a short walk from there in to the kitchen and dinette area. Once in the kitchen was a very long, dark, eerie, hallway to the left. This hallway had many openings to the four bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There was always this feeling that someone was watching or waiting to bounce out at us as we walked down this long stretch of doom to get to a room. I always turn the hallway light on at night before taking the journey down this path, though my husband was a little braver. During the day, it was equally enduring.

We slept on a waterbed. My husband had worked second and third shifts. The bed was often occupied by just me or him at different times. I remember lying there at night and the bed would start to move in the way that having another person next to you would. I felt a light touch on my arm or legs, a hot breath at my neck and yet no one was there. My husband would tell me that he experienced the same thing.

At times, we both had seen this dark, shadowy human figure moving throughout the house. There were movements within our closet when we tried to sleep. One night, I was awoken by a noise coming from our bedroom closet. Several hangers were thrown out as if someone was flinging them.

(By now you must think I'm crazy unless you are a believer in paranormal activity. Believe me, this is not some made up ghost story.)

The Hallway

My husband is a hunter. We had his shotguns in a cabinet located in the bedroom next to ours. He always locked the cabinet. One of my scariest of all memories was lying there in bed when I was awoken in the middle of the night by noises coming from the other room. I could hear whispering and the sound of someone moving. I heard the gun cabinet open, followed by the sound of someone loading the shotgun. I was too petrified to move or awake my husband sleeping peacefully next to me. This continued on until dawn and I had expected for us to die.

Nothing went beyond that room. It was light out and I finally managed to get myself out of bed. I walked into the bedroom next to us. Nothing had been moved. But the cabinet was unlocked. Further investigation of the house shown everything in tacked and the doors were locked.

Unlike the Lutz family that lived in the Amityville house and fled after 28 days, we stayed until our daughter was a teenager. Which were too many years to mention living with this presence in our haunted little home. As scary and creepy as it seemed, it became something that was part of us.

No Ghost Under My Bed, He Just Leans Over

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We never brought anything up about this entity to our daughter, until she confided in us that she was scared to be in her bedroom at night. Sure you say, "Well, she is a child. Children are often scared of their bedrooms." But she began to describe strange happenings to us and told us that she was afraid we might think she was crazy. She said that she would often awake hearing voices and seeing a dark shadow leaning over her. We never told her about this thing.

Both my husband and I would lie down next to our daughter to get her to sleep. We would often fall asleep. It was me more than him because he often insists that I go with her. One night when I had awoken lying next to our daughter, there was this shadow hovering over me. I laid there staring at this thing, and then finally gained the strength to get up and leave the bedroom. It sounds bad now, but I left my daughter alone in her room.

After we moved out, my husband admitted that he didn't want to fall asleep in our daughter's room, because he would see the dark figure standing over him.

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The three of us would often see small objects move by themselves. We had an old fashion TV with a built-in stand. One day my husband and I watched a trophy being picked up off the TV, stayed in midair for a minute and then fall straight down on the floor.

We had several pets that lived in this house, five dogs (two being foster dogs), one iguana and a ferret. Not all of these animals lived with us at the same time. But all of these pets (except for the iguana) would at different times look into the air as if something was there. They would follow something that we couldn't see. The creepiest of all would be when one of our dogs would look into the air, fixed on something and start to bark and growl.

A couple of times when my husband was working the late shift, strange experiences would happen that my daughter and I would hear or see. It was a frightening night when we heard the sound of someone crawling around in the attic. I said to my daughter, "We can run out the front door." Yet instead, the two of us sat there in the living room too scared to move.

Someone in the Basement?

Random noises would stem from the basement on a daily basis. It was not noises you would hear when the house would be settling. Whenever I could, I would ask my family to go check it out.

Then there was the time my daughter and I were cleaning the basement. Our eyes were fixed on a bouncing basketball, bouncing straight up and down all by itself. No hands touching it and no one near by this magic ball.

(By now you are saying, "You are a nutcase!" I can see you sitting by your computer rolling your eyes and shaking your head. But you don't know unless you have experience this yourself.)

This activity did slow down the last couple of years before we moved out. We talked about moving all those years and never did. When our daughter was in high school we made the decision to move out.

Getting the house ready to sell, I remember being there alone polishing the hardwood floor in one of the rooms, when a loud pounding came from the basement. Very much like someone hitting the ceiling with a broom handle. This pounding was directly underneath where I was polishing. The noise continued for the longest time. Yet no one else was in the house but me.

Other times along with my husband and daughter, while painting the rooms we would hear loud thumping footsteps or the sound of someone jumping up and down in one of the other rooms. This spirit did not want us to go. It was mad.

Shortly after we sold this house we had seen a "For Sale" sign up in front of our little home. Did these people experience the same thing we had?

Our house that we live in now is calm and the feeling that some supernatural presence in this second home does not exist here. But recently (Feb. 2010), my husband found out from a neighbor that something that had happened in our home that we live in now. The owner prior to the one before us returned home from the service. It is unclear the reason behind it, but he was found dead in the kitchen. He had committed suicide. Yet this home is not haunted!

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Up until recently (2015), I really did not know what to call these shadow entities. Looking online and seeing that a list of movies and books are written about "shadow people" lets me know that we are not so crazy!

Copyright Notice

Living n a Haunted House Copyright: March 9, 2010 by Sandy Mertens. Permission to republish this article in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.

© 2010 Sandy Mertens

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    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      One needs to have experienced something like this, to know that it could be true. Interested in your story, Susie.

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      Susie Lehto 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      Oh my, Sandy, that is some story. I believe you because I lived in a haunted house at one time too, but my story is a little different.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Lorelei Cohen, very brave or crazy.

      PegCole17, Yes it was.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from North Dallas, Texas

      Great story to read out loud at a Halloween party. It must have been quite frightening to experience this in person.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago

      Ha I would have been out of that house so fast that all you would have seen is the trail of dust behind me. You were one very brave girl.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @Stephanie36: There are many unexplained things that happen.

    • Stephanie36 profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      My parents house is (or at least was) haunted. There were a few odd incidents over the years, so I usually believe haunted house stories.

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      8 years ago

      I can't imagine how you managed to live in that house for so long. I'd have given the house the boot long before that. Well done article.

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      Crystal Booth 

      9 years ago from Wellston, Ok

      Thanks for your visit to my Missouri Ghosts lens. I had to come check out your story and I was creeped out by your story of your haunted house. I have had other experiences besides the ones I listed on my lens. I am thinking of making a new lens on Oklahoma Ghosts, and adding more of my spooky tales to it. Thanks again. I enjoyed reading your story and you have inspired me to build on mine.

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      9 years ago from USA

      Oh, thanks a LOT!! I'm at home alone right now reading about your haunted house experiences. I watch spooky movies all the time by myself, and they don't effect me, but when I read something scary, now that's a different story!! I'm glad you and your family are all safe and living in a more peaceful environment now. I grew up in a house that seemed to be a bit haunted. My mother, a friend and I experienced some really strange things in that house. My dad always thought we were nuts, but now he lives there alone, and he has seen some odd things, himself! You and your family are very, very brave, my dear!!

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      9 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I don't know how you stayed so long! Nicely told.

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      9 years ago

      okay now i'm scared.

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      Virginia Allain 

      10 years ago from Central Florida

      Blessed and will be featured in You've Been Blessed and also in True Accounts of Hauntings.

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      TilenHrovatic LM 

      10 years ago

      Really nice and quite scary lens :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 

      10 years ago

      Oh, My word, I would never have lasted with all that going on!! Heavens!!!! A great story though!!

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      Tony Payne 

      10 years ago from Southampton, UK

      My wife and I lived for 6 months with her parents after we got married, and they lived in an 18th century house in North London, which is now a Grade 21 listed building. It too made odd noises at times, and strange red marks would appear on the bannisters as well. We never saw anything though. I don't know how you managed to survive those years in a really haunted place though. Excellent lens and stories, blessed.

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      pimbels lm 

      10 years ago

      Very spooky. You are very brave to stayed so long on this house. I would have left probably the next day. Great lens, Thank you.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      10 years ago

      Opps! I added my two movies to the wrong place so they are there twice. Oh, well, they are that good!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      10 years ago

      I think the two best are The Others and The Sixth Sense. They are both about not being afraid.

    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image


      10 years ago from New York

      It is amazing what we learn to accept and live with until we finally break away only to wonder how in the world we did it for so long. So glad you got away safely. I lensrolled this lens to my Haunted Hawaii lens.

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      10 years ago

      Sandy I do believe in spirits and it sounds to me your prior house had a few spirits living there... Sometimes they don't know they are dead or they don't want to be dead....... And if something really bad happened to them they usually seek revenge........ The best we can do is always pray for them, asking beings of light to have mercy on them and help them. Just by looking at the picture of your old house I had a weird feeling. You were very brave to have stayed there indeed!

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      Seeking Pearls 

      10 years ago from Pueblo West

      Really spooky story Sandy. The part about the basketball is really frightening. Glad to hear you have moved.

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      10 years ago

      am afraid of ghosts, i dont go anywhere near a haunted house

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      10 years ago

      Pretty spookiy, I can't believe that you stayed there that long!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 

      10 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      Thanks for sharing this scary story. I enjoyed reading it! And glad you are no longer in a haunted house.

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      10 years ago

      Cool Lens and an Awesome Collection of Hauntings!!! Soon Paranormal Activity will have to be Added to this List! There's nothing like a Good Scare, Happy Halloween!!

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      10 years ago

      WOW, very creepyl! Adding another *Blessing.

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      10 years ago

      Great lens! Pretty spooky!

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      10 years ago

      I had to stop by this page again and leave you with a SquidBOO Angel Blessing and let you know your lens will be featured on: Spooky Angel Blessings Happy Halloween!

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      11 years ago

      We believe in ghosts or spirit entities but have never seen one (or heard one) I often wonder why, since I actually would like to meet one. I don't think most of them are evil, just trapped between worlds. I would ask it what it wants and how I could help. There is way to help spirits move on (shades of Ghost Whisperer) I had a psychic friend who was able to see ghosts. They would visit her house because they knew she could help. She said often there would be several there, waiting for her to help them move on. Her family would say to her, would you please do something about these ghosts? Very interesting story.

    • triathlontraini1 profile image


      11 years ago

      Very cool! Pretty lens too!

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      11 years ago

      Oh definitely far too spooky a spot for this wee bear....

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      11 years ago

      Wow, SandySpider, What a spooky story! I am so glad you no longer live in that house!!! I've lensrolled to my lens on Elma the Ghost...

    • TacTac profile image


      11 years ago

      Spooky story, thanks for sharing.

    • norma-holt profile image


      11 years ago

      Wow, fabulous story. I once saw a ghost. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      Emily Tack 

      11 years ago from USA

      Yes, I have. I didn't like it a bit. We had locked, bolted doors slamming, food particles "appearing" on a floor I had just scrubbed on my hands and knees, and the sounds of every dish in the house breaking - just to name a few. I was delighted, when it all stopped. Great lens, and thoroughly enjoyed it!

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      11 years ago

      @VarietyWriter2: Oooh we moved alright... eventually...

      You know ma, I didn't realize this was a Halloween lens the first time around. So I have to say awesome for spooktacular Halloween story, but its even more hard-hitting knowing first hand this was a daily experience living at the "Little Blue House"!

    • VarietyWriter2 profile image


      11 years ago

      And why have you not moved Spooky. Great Halloween lens.

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      11 years ago

      You know who I am! Thanks for leaving me alone in that bedroom!

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      11 years ago from Western Mass

      spooky story!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      11 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Sandy, I stopped by here a few days ago (when I was feeling really behind and stressed) and knew this was one of those lenses that I actually was going to read every word so I waited until I had a bit more time. It was well worth the wait. Wow, what a story you have. Chilling and fascinating. Well done. Wish I could give you more than 5 stars.

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      David Schroeter 

      11 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      Spooky, fascinating and quite believable. I'm sure you would have had many naysayers and "Negative Nellie's" saying there's something wrong with you over these episodes. I believe all this actually happened. 5 *s

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      Wendy Henderson 

      11 years ago from PA

      I enjoyed reading. Great Lens. 5 stars.

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      11 years ago

      You are a brave, brave woman! I would've been camping in the backyard!

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      11 years ago from Rhode Island

      thank you for sharing Love this lens I am really interested in the paranormal and believe in spirits that have not yet passed over or sending messages lens rolling to my haunted RI and squidboo lenses. thank you for sharing. 5*s

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      11 years ago

      That's really scary - I don't know how you could stand it all those years. I have lived in three haunted houses over the years. Two of the ghosts were pretty benevolent (one did like to scare the cats), the other was really scary and I wasn't there long at all. I learned later that a family had lived there and the father had taken an ax and killed his wife and children. Still gives me the willies to think about that place.

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      rewards4life info 

      11 years ago

      Scary stories! Nice lens, Sandy.

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      11 years ago

      My Aunts wouldn't go in Grandma's house after she died, they thought seh was still there.

      Across the park from us was a 3 story house with creepy trees by it and the paint falling off. it was a picture perfect TV haunted house. One day a family of ferrets came out from it and over to our house.

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      11 years ago

      This is a great lens and your stories are incredible. I created a lens about my own personal ghost experiences and I am lens rolling your lens to it. 5 stars!

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      Virginia Allain 

      11 years ago from Central Florida

      I'd be scared witless by such activity. Luckily all the houses that I've lived in were without any such manifestations.

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      11 years ago from USA

      Wow, very creepy story indeed. I like good ghost stories but I wouldn't want to experience it myself. I wouldn't have stayed there as long as you did.

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      11 years ago

      OK Now I have chills running down my back....I lived near the Amityville Horror and remember going there in my teenage days to check out the house....chills......

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @OhMe: Actually, it was a couple with a daughter. They moved in the house when it was new. Seven years later they sold it to us. According to neighbors, nothing out of the ordinary happened in that house. But our neighbor across the street was telling us about her ghost and we didn't tell her about our until afterwards. Maybe it was the street.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      11 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me! I have chills. Did you ever find out what in the world had happened in that house before you moved in? It surely has a good story. Very well told and extremely interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      11 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      WoW interesting experience and well told too!

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      11 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Sandy ~ you are a very brave women! I would've been out of there in a flash!

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      Leanne Chesser 

      11 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Thanks for sharing your story about living in a haunted house. I love this stuff! I also like the atmosphere of your lens - - looks great on the SquidBoo with the black backgrounds. Blessed by an angel.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 

      11 years ago

      This is an amazing story and a lens I will pass on to my friends. Thanks for sharing!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @WhiteOak50: Please do.

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      lakern26 lm 

      11 years ago

      Sandy, your story gave me goosebumps, seriously. My husand usually teases me about this sort of thing, but I have no doubt that paranormal phenomena exist. Fortunately, I've never experienced it myself. God help me if I ever do! I don't know how you and your family survived in that house for so long. You must have a lot of guts. I think I'd have gone insane!

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      11 years ago

      I can totally identify with your story. Very good intro, very good story line, very good lens.

      "Blessed by a SquidAngel" I would also like to feature this lens on my Scariest Place Lens, let me know if its okay.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @starlitparlit: I first thought people would think I was nuts. But it seems like this is a common thing.

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      11 years ago

      I absolutely love this lens. I, myself life in a haunted home. Though it may not be the home. Things seem to happen to me and my family wherever we go.


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