The Amityville Horror Plank

New York, 1976

Planet Weird Private Collection

In 1974, Ronald DeFeo murdered his parents and four siblings at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York. Nearly two years later, the Lutz family fled the home just 28 days after moving in, claiming it was haunted by demonic forces. The tale of green slime dripping from walls, demonic creatures lurking in the night, and human levitation became the basis of The Amityville Horror, one of the scariest books ever published.

This seemingly-innocent piece of wood comes from the house made famous in the book and film adaptation of The Amityville Horror. Long before the plank was paired with a book placed in a display case, psychic-sensitives would approach it, declare that it had a “dark energy”, only to turn on their heels and walk briskly away when told of its true nature. At an event held at the Missouri State Penitentiary, The Amityville Plank even appeared to communicate with a group of paranormal investigators, intelligently responding to questions with blips on a specially-designed piece of ghost hunting equipment.

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