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The Amityville Horror Conspiracy Paperback – December 1, 1995

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The authors spent years gathering evidence to show that the claims were a hoax and the books works of fiction.

The Investigation is always engaging with its description of the strange occurrences and its uncovering of what was behind them.

Using journal entries Kaplan builds his case one event at a time. From his hospital bed, he vowed to live long enough to expose the Amityville Horror lie to the world.

A dramatic story of persistent and intelligent detective work.

A gem. The book pretty well confirms my own opinion.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Toad Hall / KatcoMedia; 2nd edition (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963749803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963749802
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No matter which side of the debate you take (i.e. was it horror or was it hokum?), Stephen Kaplan's The Amityville Horror Conspiracy is required reading. For one, it is the best written book about the Amityville circus that I have read to date (and I have polished off the books by Anson, Holzer, and two by Jones - with only two more to go) and, unlike the others, it is filled with easily verified facts. Whenever Kaplan sites an article or a particular program, he gives detailed information wherein determined readers would be able to track down the material for themselves. I have seldom seen this level of honesty in paranormal books before, where most articles seem to be referenced as being in "local papers" and with independently researchable data kept to a minimum. I know that detractors like to insult Kaplan, but read the book - his detailed analysis of the escalating differences from the first press conference, to the magazine articles, then to the book (which changed from edition to edition as the 'credible sources' complained at the fictions author Jay Anson attempted to pass off as true events) and then the movie(s) is humorous and show just how easy it is to simply tell a willing audience what it wants to hear. I doubt very much that an event such as the one in Amityville could be replicated today - though some have tried, because people are going to believe what they want to believe, regardless; and they want to believe in Amityville, demonic pigs, and bogeymen of sorts. This book is still in print and available from its publisher, Toad Hall Inc, for an affordable price. Highly recommended to both paranormal and Amityville fans (for whom it should be essential reading).
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Dr. and Mrs. Kaplan's book is THE final word on the hoax that was the "Amityville Horror," and few could finish this book with any lingering doubt as to whether this case was a fabrication. Containing factual data and quotes, interesting behind-the-scenes anecdotes, newspaper articles, radio transcripts, a slew of logical reasoning, and no small amount of humor, Dr. and Mrs. Kaplan have irrevocably refuted the avaricious fantasies (packaged as a "true story") told by the Lutzes, beyond all shadow of doubt. All one needs is an open mind and a few hours to enjoy the contents and the real story behind the multimillion-dollar industry spawned by this case is laid bare.
Proof that "The Amityville Horror" was anything but a true story can be found in several concrete examples from the book. One is Dr. Kaplan's description of an interview with author Jay Anson, who admitted he wrote "The Amityville Horror" based on tapes made by the Lutzes and that he did not verify anything, for the Lutzes "seemed like nice people" and he didn't think they would lie. Another example is a series of statements from individuals such as Sergeant Pat Cammoroto of the Amityville Police Department, reporters Steve Bauman and Marvin Scott, and the priest known in "The Amityville Horror" as Father Mancuso (real name Father Pecoraro), all of whom attest they did not observe or uncover certain paranormal phenomena despite claims by the Lutzes in their book.
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Kaplans book does a great job at debunking the Lutzes story. His writing doesnt flow very well and he does repeat himself often but he backs up all of his claims. He also seems to pat himself on the back occasionally but all in all its a good read. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the "true story" behind the horror.It is too bad it wasnt really true, i think that would have been much more interesting.
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When I was younger, about 10, I saw The Amityville Horror on TV and was quite shaken by the movie, becouse it was 'A True Story', so I could not understand why my parents were seemingly so bored with the movie and at times flat out laughed. When I became an adult I would look into this story myself and decide on my own. I found a lot of meterial on the subject from both a pro amd con aspect. I came to the conclsion that the story was in fact a hoax and I decided to read the The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson and found myself at times shaking my head. When I saw the movie agian I couldn't help but laugh. A friend of mine gave me The Amityville Conspiricy and I found it to be very informitive. I have read, and enjoyed, books by The Warrens and I thought this was a good way to get another opinion on the case. And I did just that. At times the book is a little drawn out and wordy but the material more than makes up. Kaplan, in great detail, exposes the The Amityville Horror for the hoax that it really is. I feel that thepublic has been duped long enough and it was refreashing to see a book come out that looks at the case as a work of fiction and that is just what the Anson book was as far as I can see. After reading this book I have read even more on the case and found that it needs some real re-investigating to decide just what the hell went on.I my opinion, nothing. The Amityville Horror is a scary book and movie if you take it with a grain of salt. If not you will never enjoy that great work of fiction........
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