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"This is the final word on the matter straight from the killer's mouth, it has ended the only way it could have. Barrett has given us one last look at the case that engulfed New York, and does not disappoint." --Fangoria Magazine

Hartford Books Examiner- Sits down for a Q&A about The Devil I Know thanks Jackie Barrett for generously sharing her unique insights.

If you have been looking for a great book for Halloween , look no further The Devil I Know is jaw-dropping utterly fascinating story of a vivid psychic underworld that runs parallel to anything remotely "normal' - MobileGhost.net

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For more than two decades, world-renowned psychic Jackie Barrett has been astounding television, radio and guest audiences with her ability to communicate with the dead. Unlike a typical medium, Jackie's unique ability allows her clients to interact directly with the dead. Her client list includes A-list celebrities, notable politicians, professional athletes and business leaders. She has a legion of faithful believers, including various crime fighting units all over the globe, and her sterling reputation has gained her an honorary Captain's badge from the NYPD. Jackie is a leading expert on occult crimes, which has taken her to the darkest corners of humanity. Jackie has appeared on A&E, Bio, WE, MTV, Lifetime, E! and the Travel Channel, as well as in numerous newspapers, magazines and radio.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425250423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425250426
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The concept of the book was unique..there really hasn't been much published about Ronnie DeFeo outside of the original Amityville Horror book. The author had good access to Defeo through daily phone calls then finally meeting him that should have produced more than this, basically the book is full of DeFeos rants and lies and flashbacks to the authors childhood then the author somehow saves DeFeo from a spirit. To Barnett's credit she does not appear to believe much of what is told by DeFeo but she does allow him to continue on. Much of the book is wasted by the author recalling her childhood and telling stories about her husband Will. I really did not enjoy reading this book and would not recommend it.
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Honestly I don't even begin to understand the positive reviews...

It was a rambling, disjointed ruminations of what could only be described as psychosis from a serial killer. The only thing worse was the interjections of the personal life of the author/medium. I literally started skipping to the 'Ronnie' bits just to get through it.

In the original movie language: For God's sake, skip it! Or at least buy it used to avoid additional runs of this dreck!
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That's the first (and last) time I trust Fangoria for a book review. I love the magazine, but what the HELL were they thinking? The biggest waste of 10 bucks ever. Amateurish, boring writing from a liar who takes money to fulfill the wish fantasies of desperate people. This book offers nothing in the way of new or even compelling rehashing of old information on the DeFeo murders. And the chapters upon long-winded chapters about this woman and her dopey life as a mystic psychic voodoo witch woman - honestly it's just unbearable. Walk away now, save your money and your time. And when you read this - shame on you Jackie Barrett, shame on you and you wasteful, deceitful life. Also you have no talent as a writer. None.
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This is yet another version of events that Butch has come up with. I saw Jackie and Ronnie on the A&E special and it made the Amityville Horror movie seem believeable. The expression on Jackie's face when Ronnie, on the phone, does his is best to try and imitate Linda Blair in the exorcist is utterly histerical. I have no clue why Defeo continues these stunts. This book is another one trying to portary Ronnie has a victim of his father's abuse and blame the 1974 murders on his sister Dawn.
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I recently finished this book and I am very disappointed with Jackie Barret's tall tale.
I purchased the book under the impression that, after interviewing the murderer for nearly a year, this "psychic"-detective" would be able to shed some light onto the tragic murders of the DeFeo family. Instead, I found this story to be a jumble between the author's biography, her elaborate claims as "psychic medium" and the twisted rants of a true psychopath. I am not a believer in the occult, but do believe some people have psychic gifts. Ms Barret did not convince me that she possesses those gifts,but it is clear she engages in occult practices.
The tragic story of the DeFeo family has been written about and documented in film,prolifically. There is no evidence to date, that anyone other than Ronnie Defeo Jr committed the murders. Ms Barret attempts to directs the reader into believing that Ronnie Jr was "possessed" by a demon that resided in his house and followed him to prison where the demon continued to haunt him. Her interviews with him were all by phone and she had only one meeting with him in prison to "exorcise" him, with a film crew in tow. In her interviews with Ronnie DeFeo, she asks many questions and receives contrived and unverified answers. The story flips back and forth with little cohesiveness between the lives of the central characters-the author, her mother(a deceased occultist) and Ronnie DeFeo. Most importantly, none of Ms.Barret's claims can be verified and with so many loopholes left open, I couldn't help but doubt her story. A few facts are emphatically clear - Ronnie DeFeo was an admitted heroin addict, having a hit the night of the murders. He also was a severely disturbed individual going back to his childhood.
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The conversation between the writer and Ron ,and talking about how she grew up is confusing, she goes back and forth to often,she should have finished her conversations with Ron Defeo and then proceed to talk about herself,and her upbringing.
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I wish you had the option to give no stars or even minus , this book is so unbelievably laughable you just have to keep reading to see when your next laugh is coming from. My all time favourite was a picture of ronnies tooth he sent her
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As an individual who has long been interested in the Amityville murders, I was thinking that perhaps this lady would be credible as an observer of Ronald Defeo. Instead, she uses the text to self-promote and provide information about herself that is not necessary. All I wanted was an account of the perpetrator of the murders. What I got instead was a biography of someone I had never heard of and didn't want to know any more about.
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