On November 13, 1974, 23-year-old Ronald Joseph DeFeo Jr. committed the grisly act of murdering his entire family as they slept in their home in Amityville, New York. DeFeo killed his parents, Ronald DeFeo, Sr. and Louise DeFeo, and his four younger siblings, Dawn, Allison, Marc, and John Matthew.

After committing the crime, DeFeo ran to a nearby bar where he screamed for help claiming that he didn’t know who shot his parents. He was taken into the local police station for protection where he told them he believed it was a mob hit.

Each member of the family was shot with .35 caliber lever action Marlin 336C rifle around 3:00 in the morning. While the DeFeo parents were both shot twice, the children were only shot once, yet all were fatal.

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