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The Night the Defeos Died: Reinvestigating the Amityville Murders Hardcover – March 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corp (March 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401046460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401046460
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,179,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...As compelling as Truman Capote's IN COLD BLOOD..." -- Jordan Rich, WBZ Radio, Boston, MA. Spring 2002

"Ric Osuna's book is as compelling as Truman Capote's IN COLD BLOOD..." -- Jordan Rich, WBZ Radio Boston; March 2002; used with permission --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The new Katco Edition of THE NIGHT THE DEFEOS DIED includes:

•Nearly 100 pictures, graphics, and key case documents that author Ric Osuna spent nearly three years searching for. We've included the key court documents to offer undeniable proof that the story took place as presented by Mr. Osuna.

• Full color laminated cover.

• Large 8.5" x 11" oversized edition.

• Photos of the Amityville house, past and present

• New revelations about the Amityville case: was there a seventh victim in the house? Or, did Amityville and Suffolk County authorities move a DeFeo body to another location in the house?

• 202 Pages

• Foreword by Geraldine DeFeo. After 28 years, Mrs. DeFeo breaks the silence, discussing her marriage to Butch DeFeo at the time of the Amityville murders. While the "Amityville skeptics" say DeFeo is a fraud, this new edition offers hard evidence that Geraldine DeFeo's marriage to Butch WAS REAL! Included are key documents, as well as handwritten letters from Ronald Joseph "Butch" DeFeo, Jr. to Geraldine from prison. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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It seemed that the author just wanted to make a name for himself by presenting a far-fetched scenario.
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His book while claiming to be supported by the facts ignores several major points and uses sources he had nod permission to use.
Kevin Meares
I have always had a keen interest in the Defeo story, and this book really gives a lot of insight into what happened.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Witherspoon on September 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you've looked through the customer reviews to help you decide on buying this book like I did, then you've noticed how there's no middle ground there. People either loved it, or hated it. So, I decided to wait until I knew more about it. I then learned a friend of mine owned a copy, and I asked of her thoughts. She offered to send it to me, which she did.
About 1/3 of the way through it, I had to start flipping back through the pages I'd already read to make sure I didn't misunderstand some things. Further into it, I realized I was getting lost, but not the way one typically loses one's self in a book. The author has a tendency to drift off course, which he does several times in the middle of telling his story, or making a point. Speaking of which, the story itself plays out more like a bizarre dream, rather than a series of non-fictional events. The author describes several events, and even quotes dialog, that would have been impossible for anyone to have known since the persons involved were killed before describing any of it to anyone else. He claims to have documents which verify the detailed events he describes, but neglects to show them anywhere in the book (with the exception of the endnotes list in the back). In addition, there were particular events described which just wouldn't have been possible to document at all, at least not as far as I could imagine.
Furthermore, there was a familiarity about this book, but it wasn't in the story itself. The DeFeo murders was a very well publicized case, and there really wasn't too much left to be discovered since it happened some 28-years ago. Yet this book tells a radically different version that keeps falling apart, as it is being pieced together.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lyndel Navarro on March 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Well, I will say one thing for Ric Osuna's book, at least it is giving a different perspective on the murders that happened in Amityville, NY in 1974. This is not a ghost story, it is a horror story, but not a ghost story. This book presents theories that veer from the paranormal and focus more on the dynamics of the very dysfunctional Defeo family.

I think the author did do significant research to support the claims in the book that the possibility that other people other than Ronald Defeo, Jr. were involved in the murders, however, I'm not sure if anyone, other than Ronald Defeo, Jr. the murderer and sole survivor of the tragic family, will ever really know what went on in the famous house of horrors that night. And Defeo has lied and changed his story so often, it is hard to keep track of what maybe real or imagined or just plain fabricated. One moment Defeo is telling the authorities he had nothing to do with it. The next minute he admits he was there but the Mob did it. The next thing we know there is a crazed, angry spirit of a long dead Indian chief possessing him and causing him to run amok, killing his family, then he says his sister Dawn (one of the victims) did it....blah, blah, blah....you get my drift, Ronnie Defeo is simply not credible. Ric Osuna, while not embracing Defeo or what he did, does portray him in a sympathetic light in the sense he leads the reader to ponder the fact that other people, along with Defeo, may have committed this heinous crime. He gives no support to the Lutz's claim of flies, oozing black goo, disembodied voices, levitation or marching bands playing in the living room in the middle of the night. This is the sad, sad story of a family in crisis, the end result mass murder.

This book is a must read if you are at all interested in the murders that happened so long ago in Amityville.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Meares on May 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
This gentleman reminds me a lot of his predecesor the late Stephen Kaplan. His book while claiming to be supported by the facts ignores several major points and uses sources he had nod permission to use. Among others Ronald Defeo Jr, Mrs. Nannowitz(the Defeo's nanny), and Brian Kelske(son of the man who he implicates in the book who died last year) have all denounced this work as having no basis in reality. His "truth" relies very heavily on Geraldine Gates. A woman who insists she was married to Ronald Defeo twice and divorced twice. Aside from Mr. Defeo's own denial neither she nor Ossuna can produce either marriage certificate or the papers for either divorce for that matter I'd like to see the person who married them. Even beyond factual errors Ossuna would have greatly benefited from having a publishing company publish his book(its self) if for no other reason then they could have had an editor go over the text and clean up the typos and other spelling and gramatical mistakes. Do yourself a favor and get one of the Warren's books instead. They actualy investigated the house unlike Ossuna or Kaplan and can tell you what really happened.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By True crime fan on May 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you are into the whole 'Amityville' thing then you will probably like this book, but be warned, it is full of half truths, lies and ridiculous conspiracy theories involving a pretend ex wife of Ronnies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on August 26, 2012
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This book was from the point a view of someone who was on drugs and clearly not someone that is trust worthy. Since he is the only survivor of the family how are we to really know what is true. As soon as I got to the " corruption of the police department" I had to stop reading it. Cuz I felt how can u believe someone who killed his parents with no remorse.
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