Ronald DeFeo Jr. is no longer the young man he was in 1974, when he was arrested for murdering his parents and four siblings in Amityville, Long Island. But as he sits in a prison in upstate New York and revisits the now infamous “Amityville Horror” slayings, a thin, balding and at times agitated DeFeo tells the same story he has told for years. “How can one person go through the house and kill six people the way they think they were killed?” asks DeFeo in “First Person Killers: Ronald DeFeo, Jr.,” a documentary set to air on A&E Monday night at 9.
Throughout the three decades DeFeo has spent in prison, intrigue in the murders and the house where they were committed has never abated, propelled largely by those hoping to profit, reports Newsday. One family who moved into the DeFeo home after the crime claimed the house was haunted. Books were written. Movies were made. And remade. Although DeFeo has claimed in court that he did not act alone, he has never told his full story on camera, said filmmaker Sarah Teale. Much of the film takes place in the New York prison where DeFeo, now 55, is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence. (He has been denied parole several times.)DeFeo details the abuse his father inflicted on him, how it fueled his heroin habit and made him feel like a “dog on a long leash.”