Obit: Amityville House Owner

A man whose brief stay in an Amityville, New York, home spawned one of the most famous haunted house stories ever, has died of natural causes.

George Lutz was 59.

His lawyer says Lutz, a Las Vegas resident, died Monday.

Lutz became famous after moving his new wife and three children into a Dutch colonial on Long Island in 1975.

About a year earlier, six members of the DeFeo family had been shot and killed there.

Ronald DeFeo Junior, the eldest son, was convicted of the murders.

The Lutzes lived in the home for 28 days before being driven out -- by the spirits of the DeFeos, according to Lutz's account.

The family's eerie tales became the source for Jay Anson's 1977 book, "The Amityville Horror," along with a 1979 film and a 2005 movie remake.


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