Endlessly, you know, amazed
- Aug 6, 2020
- Arizona, USA
@Endlessly Amazed I'm not a firearms expert by any stretch of the imagination, but that recent podcast that @sherbetbizarre linked to earlier indicated that the gun itself is a particularly loud type.
The dog (named Shaggy, which I don't recall hearing before - I wonder if it was in honor of the Scooby Doo character?) was taken outside and tied in an outer shed during the murders (I think it is on the boat dock). It was outside and was heard barking. It was also the detail that led to DeFeo being convicted; a juror was interviewed and they believed that DeFeo taking the dog and tying it up outside was proof of his premeditation, as Shaggy didn't like DeFeo. According to Ric Osuna (who is a questionable source), he interviewed people who claimed to have heard shots but never reported it to the police due to not wanting to get involved.
@SimonBurchell That is my understanding too - the autopsy showed no drug in their system, at least for the living DeFeos - Butch DeFeo was admittedly high on drugs and alcohol that night, though I don't know if he had a tox-screen. I also didn't know that he insisted on a physical after he was charged that showed lots of minor injuries to the body, head and face. He's claimed that police beat the confession out of him, but he also claimed that he got into an altercation with his Dad as well.
Thanks, @MrRING. I actually don't know much about the Amityville horror, even though I am an American. I had assumed (yes, I know, assumptions...) that the dog was inside the house. Unless new evidence comes up, I think that this case will never be solved to most people's satisfaction because there are too many misassumptions mixed up with the facts, and all are distorted by the people involved to support their own goals.
Unless the victims were drugged, it seems weird to me that they all were shot individually and separately. Unless they were all wearing ear protectors which blocked the gunshot noises, and the protectors were removed after their deaths. And then carried away by ghosts, poltergeists, demons, aliens, the Mob, men in black, etc.