Around the same time, Quaratino found out that George was working on a deal for a movie in which Christopher came back to the home years later, became possessed, and killed his father. The notion offended Quaratino.

When MGM — which had obtained Anson's rights to use the family's story — announced plans to do the 2005 remake, George lost financing for his own film project.

In the 2005 MGM version, George is the one who gets possessed — and tries to kill his family.

"Karma came back and bit him on the ass," Quaratino says smugly.

George filed suit against MGM — it was settled the day he died.

George and Kathy Lutz went to their graves without recanting the idea that they'd experienced supernatural events.

"My personal opinion is that something happened to them," says Laura DiDio, who was a 19-year-old TV reporter when she interviewed the Lutzes in the '70s. "If their intent was to perpetrate a hoax or a fraud, they screwed up. The people who made all the money were Jay Anson and MGM."

DiDio, who now writes articles about the high-tech world, has kept in contact with the Lutzes, Quaratino included, and feels for the surviving kids.

"The real Amityville Horror is a 40-year-old story of human greed and fractured family," she says.

But she also hints that it's about something more. She saw things she can't explain.

In February 1976, when interest in the Lutz story was first growing, she attended what was later known as the "psychic slumber party" at the Amityville house with other reporters and paranormal researchers, including Ed and Lorraine Warren, then-famous "demonologists" who would help fuel the Amityville legend. She says she'll never forget how Steve Petropolis, a hard-boiled, New York-area TV reporter, suddenly bent over in apparent pain when he reached the top of the staircase.

"His face was ashen, he's doubled-over, and he's clutching his chest. He's got heart palpitations," she says. He'd never had a similar episode, he told everyone. Several of the supposed psychics holding a séance in the home also reported medical problems — headaches, nausea. While she could dismiss their claims as possibly fake, Petropolis' reaction surprised her, she says.

Then, days later, she returned to the Amityville home by herself and used a key George had given her to get in. She took her shepherd-lab mix inside. The Lutzes' personal items still were in the house. Food was rotting in the refrigerator. A gingerbread house the family had made for the Christmas season was still sitting on a counter.

"All of a sudden, I hear my dog growling. He's in the foyer, standing at the bottom of the steps. His eyes are fixed at something at the top of the steps. There was nothing there," she says.

She'd never heard the dog growl before.

It's possible that someone was hiding upstairs in the empty house, though how could anybody have gotten in? She figured it was time to leave.


Quaratino lives with his wife in a modest home near 23rd Avenue and Interstate 17 in Phoenix. A large painting on an easel of a weeping Jesus dominates the small living room. The unpainted patio cover in the backyard was hung incorrectly by the previous owners and appears unsafe, while bulky equipment from Quaratino's air-conditioning business sits on several metal shelves. Yet the backyard doesn't look inhospitable – it's a big space, full of grass, bordered by oleanders and trees, with a fire pit in the middle.

To help raise money for his movie project, Quaratino will hold a webcast from the yard on October 30, during which he'll tell a "real-life story" about some paranormal experiences he's had in the past few years. For a $5, viewers can watch and listen to Quaratino tell a story that is "creepy, or your money back."

(If you want to tune in, go to Quaratino's website, www.amityvillehorrorchallenge.com, before 6 p.m. Arizona time on Sunday, October 30, and follow the link to the live broadcast.)

With the funds he hopes to raise, he plans to find a documentary filmmaker and put together a movie that will educate the public — and, especially, what is now the third generation of Amityville fans — to what Quaratino calls the "truth."

His brother has beat him to the punch.

Before the 2005 movie, MGM offered him and his brother about $125,000 each for the rights to use their depictions in its upcoming movie and other future endeavors. Daniel took the money, while Quaratino — wanting control over such depictions — did not.

MGM made its movie.

Daniel found Eric Walter, a 26-year-old aspiring movie director, and put together their own project. It's called My Amityville Horror. In the movie, which Walter hopes to see making the rounds at independent film festivals next year, Daniel Lutz – interviewed on camera by Laura DiDio – relates how the Amityville legend has haunted his life. Several psychics are featured, as well.

The movie will be about paranormal events but also will have a "psychological viewpoint," Walter says. "The parents' belief that this happened to them amplified into the kids, as well. These were very young kids, very impressionable. To go for a lifetime telling yourself this happened — the demons in [their lives] became greater, more enlarged."

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charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

I saw this house in the 80's when everyone was driving by... The locals all said it was not even the house that the incident happened in...It just looked better for the movie set because of the windows. THAT is the real truth...

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Is this law Racist? Does it specify brown people?Are the people who agree with this law racist?Are those who want this law enforced racist?The law says nothing of little "brown" people but it explains what is illegal entry. It's not very hard to understand. Why is this law "broken"? Why can it be selectively ignored?Illegal alien includes all people who entered illegally, could be Croation, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Canadians and yes even Mexicans. No one single race or people is referenced in the law. Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.These people cost Pheonix and surrounding cities hundreds of millions to support the education, health and welfare of these illegal immigrants. A landscape worker paid by cash (no taxes) and his wife (a stay at home mom), have been here for 16 years and had 7 children born in the US. Who do you think paid for her medical bills???Why isn't Obwama dealing with this?We can not afford 4 more years of Obwama!!!When will Obwama end the illegal Mexican occupation of the United States of America?When have 12,000,000 people occupied a country other than a time of war?

John Collins
John Collins

Do you people ever comment on the article? Is AZ full of retards?

Mamacira59
Mamacira59

Who else do we expel? The Chinese? The Puerto Rican? The Haitians? The Africans? No not the Africans...We can use them as slaves? The native Americans? We have already done that. The Arab Americans? Yes, they are the terrorists. Are they not? Where are you going to be when there is no one left? Huh, Mr. Doo Doo?

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

We expel only those who enetered the US without the due process for immigration which is reporting to an Immigration agent at a legal port of entry. Is that too difficult for your pea brain to comprehend? If you don't like the existing law, change it. Do you think that's likely?

Mamacira59
Mamacira59

I agree w/Steve of having no borders. I am not a citizen of the US but I am here legally. As for you Mr. Dumoudan (doo-doo) you need to stop occupying the US as well. "Doo-Doo" (Dumoudan) does not sound like a native name to me. I was a "Mitchell" at one point in time. That is an American name. And that is if you consider white folks to be the original people of this land. If you want to stop the occupation of this nation, start with yourself. Let's see how you spin this sh_t of your last name. Oh yeah, go ahead and state that this is my synonym. Go look up the word....

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

When will the Mexican occupation of the United States end?

Steve
Steve

Country borders reflects the greed each gov't and its population have. They give themselves a false power of controlling the earth when in reality the earth owns us. There are no borders, the earth belongs to all human beings. There was once no borders, people could travel anywhere and contribute to each community. You want to follow rules that your gov't makes? The same gov't that tries to screw you over? Take all your money and not do anything with it?

Dumoudan is racist. You fail to realize the cheap labor these Mexicans made helped the economy VERY MUCH.

Is it a coincidence that the economy is destroyed after they decide to target the people who worked for low wages and helped ALL companies save money therefore would grow into much bigger companies that brought more jobs to the US population?

Nope, no coincidence. Americans dont want to work in the fields, they dont want to work in construction (unless they are the boss). Americans want to sit in an office. A country cant grow if you dont have a strong workforce that will do the dirty work so everyone else can have a comfortable life.

Learn to appreciate the hard work of another human being. Your home was most likely built by one of the people that you try to drive out of the country. The food you eat was picked and sorted and packaged by the people that you want to drive out of the country.

Be a freakin human being, you make me sick with your child-like naive way of thinking.

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Are you saying that 12,000,000 people entering the US without the benefit of going through a legal port of entry is not to be taken seriously? Wouldn't you consider these 12,000,000 illegal immigrants to be occupiers? Why are we turning a blind eye to this very serious issue? What has to cross the border illegaly before th US admits that we in fact do have a propblem. I am trying to wake people up before it's too late. The poimt of these statements , even though they may not relate to the article where posted, is to keep pushing peoiple to finally do something about this OR change the immigration laws and open the borders to EVERYONE. Would that be a good solution you think?

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Do you honestly beleive that illegal immigrants do not keep wages low?

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

Hey, guy; who thinks Rick's not that smart. You are the one who isn't smart. In fact, you apparently are dumb as a board. Dumodan is all over the New Times website, making stupid comments of all stripes, and fighting with his detractors. He's on stories that have no bearing on his subject, illegal immigration. Look just below! Or look on the marijuana story in this issue. He's everywhere! Hardly a bot, fool. You're just another New Time hater because it refuses to embrace your Teabagger values. As the guy said below: "Go fuck yourself."t

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Ask a Mexican when he / she plans to end their occupation of El Norte?

Devil Dog 80
Devil Dog 80

SOme people I am finding out really would like to use Mexican Slavery as an excuse to keep the borders open. Heck they can still come over with a work visa, have no fear of deportation, and get paid more money and really put a dent in our economy and take more HIGHER paying jobs from us. And thus creating more Goverment Jobs and for the Un employed, they get goverment handouts and stay home and play video games right? Well let me tell you folks something, neither slavery not goverment aid help anybody. Once you take a persons need to work and feel like a needed human being and a family member, theres nothing but trouble in that persons live eventually. We tried this already, what we need is a LEVEL playing field, lower restrictions on businesses in US. Get more people back to work and quit draining OUR PENNY BANKS FOLKS! ANd fix this damn tax system ! But lets start coming together and quit stealing everyone elses future that even isn't born yet. My God wheres your morals.

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Is this law Racist? Does it specify brown people?Are the people who agree with this law racist?Are those who want this law enforced racist?The law says nothing of little "brown" people but it explains what is illegal entry. It's not very hard to understand. Why is this law "broken"? Why can it be selectively ignored?Illegal alien includes all people who entered illegally, could be Croation, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Canadians and yes even Mexicans. No one single race or people is referenced in the law. Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.These people cost Pheonix and surrounding cities hundreds of millions to support the education, health and welfare of these illegal immigrants. A landscape worker paid by cash (no taxes) and his wife (a stay at home mom), have been here for 16 years and had 7 children born in the US. Who do you think paid for her medical bills???Why isn't Obwama dealing with this

Rick Barrs
Rick Barrs

Dumoudan, Please keep your comments on point with the story in question. This comment obvously has nothing to do with the Amityville story you've attached it to. You have posted such comments all over our website on stories that have nothing to do with illegal immigration. I'm kindly asking you to stop this practice and post such comments only on appropriate stories -- those about Mexican immigration. If you keep up your current practice, we will have to block you from commenting on our site. Respectfully, Rick Barrs, Editor

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Rick, Why is your publication so partial to people who are occupying the United States? Are you and your "news" organization saying that 12,000,000 or more people entering the US without the benefit of entering through a legal port of entry isn't a problem? Why do you selectively show preference to illegal Mexican immigrants and not Chinese, Russian, Nigerian, Malaysian, Indian, Iraniains, or even Brazilian? Why do you prefer the Mexicans alone?

Rick Barrs
Rick Barrs

Dude, I don't care what you post or what you prefer to think. Just post your rants on stories about illegal immigration. Simple. Hey, I've warned you.

Rick_Not_Smart
Rick_Not_Smart

Rick, the person you've asked to stop spamming immigration comments is not a person.. it's a bot. How you are so stupid that you are unable to figure this out on your own is beyond me, but that being the case, let me explain what a bot is. It's an automated computer program designed to post the same basic message as much as it can in as many places as it can.

The fact that you have seen this bot post completely irrelevant and unrelated messages on comment pages more than once, and still didn't understand that it was a bot and not an actual person, says worlds to your intelligence. Any intelligent person, let alone any one who thinks they have any business reporting the news, would have picked up on this fact immediately.

I'm sincerely frightened that people of your obviously limited mental capacities are allowed to work for ANY sort of news company. No doubt your intelligence (or lack thereof) affects the quality of output compiled by the phoenixnewtimes, and as such, I can safely assume that your news is and probably always has been garbage.

Tom Bettany
Tom Bettany

Hey, you're the dumb ass, Check above, fucktard. I know this person. He's not a BOT. He has posted many different messages and even responded to others arguing with him. So go fuck yourself, you pompous, racist anti-immigrationist. Notice that you don't dare put your name on what you write, Fucking coward!

Gdoka
Gdoka

I went to school with Chris Lutz, at Salk School in Mesa, Az. 6th Grade Mr Betz.

 
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