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Was it horror or was it hoax? For years, the question went unanswered while everyone who ever glanced at the tabloids in a supermarket knew about the Amityville Horror -- a house haunted by the remembered evil of mass murder. For 20 years, parapsychologist Stephen Kaplan and his wife Roxanne investigated the phenomenon, keeping a detailed diary of everything that happened. Was it horror or was it hoax? For years, the question went unanswered while everyone who ever glanced at the tabloids in a supermarket knew about the Amityville Horror -- a house haunted by the remembered evil of mass murder. For 20 years, parapsychologist Stephen Kaplan and his wife Roxanne investigated the phenomenon, keeping a detailed diary of everything that happened. This book is the result of that diary.


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Was it horror or was it hoax? For years, the question went unanswered while everyone who ever glanced at the tabloids in a supermarket knew about the Amityville Horror -- a house haunted by the remembered evil of mass murder. For 20 years, parapsychologist Stephen Kaplan and his wife Roxanne investigated the phenomenon, keeping a detailed diary of everything that happened. Was it horror or was it hoax? For years, the question went unanswered while everyone who ever glanced at the tabloids in a supermarket knew about the Amityville Horror -- a house haunted by the remembered evil of mass murder. For 20 years, parapsychologist Stephen Kaplan and his wife Roxanne investigated the phenomenon, keeping a detailed diary of everything that happened. This book is the result of that diary.

30 review for The Amityville Horror Conspiracy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kaine Andrews

    It's not exactly a secret that I despise the whole Amityville Horror phenomena. Thus it should come as no surprise that I found this utter shredding of the original saga to be very pleasing in the cold, dead corners of my heart. Kaplan performs the usual (well deserved) hatchet job on the book itself, going point by point through 90% of the factual issues that have been discussed ad nauseum by dozens, if not hundreds, of others - including myself - over the years. That's not exactly new territory It's not exactly a secret that I despise the whole Amityville Horror phenomena. Thus it should come as no surprise that I found this utter shredding of the original saga to be very pleasing in the cold, dead corners of my heart. Kaplan performs the usual (well deserved) hatchet job on the book itself, going point by point through 90% of the factual issues that have been discussed ad nauseum by dozens, if not hundreds, of others - including myself - over the years. That's not exactly new territory, though having it all in one place and written with reasonable coherency is handy. What puts it a notch above other, similar materials is the items related to the rise and aftermath of the Horror story. The lead up going over some aspects of the original De Feo murders was interesting, if failing to present anything really new, but the information about articles and interviews related to the Lutzes and their ever-shifting story of demonic possession and slime rivers chasing them up and down staircases features even more contradictions and about-faces than different editions of the book, and when you get into the discussions between George and Kaplan - or the lack thereof, in some cases - showcases even further how utterly batty the whole thing is. So why only 3 stars? Because Kaplan is just a little bit of an egotist. Every contradiction, every new edge in debunking the mess that is unearthed comes with self-congratulatory pats on the back and portraits of a messianistic crusader for truth who is too often martyred for his cause by the shock-hungry American public who all-too-desperately wants to believe that an innocent suburbia can become host to ghosts, demons, angry Native Americans and evil pig ghost/demons. The discussion of his personal life, including the discussion of his marriage's dissolution and eventual romance and marriage to his future cowriter and the blow by blow of heath scares and why exactly he didn't want to work in buildings with stairs are likewise unwelcome visitors. They add nothing to the book's assumed purpose and frequently interrupt the flow of attempting to piece together something resembling a factual account of the events surrounding the Horror. Were those not present, or were at least scaled back a notch, this would have easily earned 4 stars from me. Bottom line? If the Amityville Horror fascinates, inspires or aggravates you, there's things in here worth reading for both those who subscribe to the hogwash camp and those who still desperately seek to defend it. If you have a more generalized interest in true-life ghost stories or investigations, it's probably still worth a look, being related to arguably one of the most famous American hauntings. If neither topic is of deep interest to you, this book isn't going to change your mind. One other consideration is the price point; I had a hard time hunting down a copy, and generally it goes for $30 or more. Whether that's due to rarity or popularity, I'm not certain. But that may put off more casual students of the subject, so be forewarned.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    This is an awesome book, debunking the famous amityville horror conspiracy and even awesomer.. I know the authors! If you'd like a copy, get it touch with me!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tepintzin

    Kind of interesting. I've pieced this in with what Dan and Chris Quaratino (Lutz) have said and concluded that George dabbled in the occult in a house where there had been a mass murder and conjured up something that has followed the family. The house itself is not haunted.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael Thomas Angelo

    This book is not available for checkout at my local public library so I had to read the reference copy from the page desk. I completed it within an hour. I am fascinated with the Defeo murder case but abhor cheesy horror films and thought the Amityville franchise was just lame. The fact that people actually believe this story to be true says a lot about the human mind. What's true is true for you. I suport Kaplan's claims that the whole thing is a hoax and he provides ample evidence. He was havi This book is not available for checkout at my local public library so I had to read the reference copy from the page desk. I completed it within an hour. I am fascinated with the Defeo murder case but abhor cheesy horror films and thought the Amityville franchise was just lame. The fact that people actually believe this story to be true says a lot about the human mind. What's true is true for you. I suport Kaplan's claims that the whole thing is a hoax and he provides ample evidence. He was having major heart attacks throughout the writing of this book so I'm not surprised that he's dead. An interesting point is that the house was sold to the Lutz's for less than 80K Today it's worth multimillions.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristal

    I searched for a copy of this out-of-print book for years and now that I've finally read it, I'm not sure it was entirely worth it. I completely believe the author's claims that Amityville was a hoax and he more than backs up his claims numerous times over but....he's also a little too defensive for my liking. If he had taken a more journalistic approach and left out his emotional responses and constant claims that he's a legitimate parapsychologist it would have made his argument that much stro I searched for a copy of this out-of-print book for years and now that I've finally read it, I'm not sure it was entirely worth it. I completely believe the author's claims that Amityville was a hoax and he more than backs up his claims numerous times over but....he's also a little too defensive for my liking. If he had taken a more journalistic approach and left out his emotional responses and constant claims that he's a legitimate parapsychologist it would have made his argument that much stronger. Still, some super interesting stuff in here. You can't help but be impressed with the Lutzes for pulling off a hoax on the scale that they did.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fishface

    I was so very sorry to see this one end. I got it out of the library, but having read it I am going to stick a crowbar in my wallet and buy one of the painfully-expensive used copies left in circulation. Possibly the crowning achievement of Dr. Kaplan's career and, as I might have expected, a great read all the way around. I wish everyone could read this book to increase their healthy skepticism.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    What a snarky guy, Stephen Kaplan. Halfway through, I just lost interest. I find it hard to sympathize with the poor unsuspecting public that bought a book about a haunted house that they were told was true but really wasn't.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adriana hernandez

    I'm a big chicken and i had a hard time reading this book. When I was done, I was afraid to get up at night and go to the restroom.

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