Amityville became extremely popular because of the tragedy as the story of The Amityville Horror can be traced back to a real life murder case that took place on the 13th of November 1974. Ronald DeFeo shot all 6 members of his family - his mother, father, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

The creepy house still exists. It has been renovated and sold for $950,000 in 2010.