The killer who inspired the famous Amityville Horror book after shooting his parents and four siblings dead in 1974 has died in prison.
Ronald DeFeo Jr, whose murder spree also inspired the cult classic movie series, was pronounced dead aged 69 on Friday, state officials told the New York Post.
The then 23-year-old used a .35-caliber Marlin lever-action rifle to slaughter his family members, who were all in bed at the time in Long Island, US.
His father Ronald DeFeo Sr., 43, mother Louise DeFeo, 43, were shot twice while and siblings Dawn, 18, Allison, 13, Marc, 12, and John, nine, were each shot once. All of the victims were found face-down in bed.
A year after the slaughter, George and Kathy Lutz purchased the home — but left 28 days later after reporting paranormal activity in the house, including “strange sounds, voices and green slime oozing from the walls,” according to real estate site 6sqft.
The creepy events served as the inspiration for the 1977 book “The Amityville Horror” and, two years later, the cult classic film “The Amityville Horror,” starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder.
The stately, 5,000-square-foot abode underwent renovations after Caroline and David D’Antonio purchased it in 2010 for $950,000.
In 2016, the notorious five-bedroom, 3½-bathroom colonial home hit the market for $850,000 — and went into contract months later.
DeFeo was serving a 25-years-to-life sentence at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York.
The convicted murderer was transferred to Albany Medical Center and reportedly pronounced dead at 6.35 p.m.
An autopsy by the Albany County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine an official cause of death.
DeFeo, whose nickname was Butch, was convicted of killing his mother, father, two sisters and two brothers inside their Amityville home on Ocean Avenue on November 13, 1974.
At trial, his lawyer mounted an insanity defense, claiming DeFeo heard voices saying his family was plotting against him.
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He was convicted in 1975 of six counts of second-degree murder and received six sentences of 25 years to life.
In a jailhouse interview in 2006, DeFeo claimed he only killed his father, his mother and his eldest sister, Dawn.
The other siblings were murdered by Dawn, before DeFeo killed her, he claimed.
DeFeo was scheduled for a parole hearing in July, online records show.
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