Ronald DeFeo, “Amityville Horror Killer,” Dies in Prison


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Ronald DeFeo Jr, who killed his parents and four siblings in 1974, has died in prison at age 69.

DeFeo’s murder spree spread terror through Long Island and served as the basis behind the “Amityville Horror” book and movie franchise.

Officials have not released his cause of death, citing privacy laws. PEOPLE confirmed that he was hospitalized before his death, but it is unclear why.

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