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DAILY NEWS, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1974 By JERRY SCHMETTERER and DANIEL DRISCOLL A couple and their four children were found shot to death yesterday evening in their expensive Colonial-style home in Amityville, L.I. The bodies were discovered by the couple's oldest son. The victims were identified as Ronald J. DeFeo, 43, his wife, Louise, 42, two sons, John, 9, and Mark, 12, and two daughters, Allison, 13, and Dawn, 18. said Suffolk County police S- long island L-- AMITYVILLE II After the medical examiner left and the bodies were taken to the morgue, police said members of the DeFeo family apparently had been dead since before 7 a.m.
yesterday. Young DeFeo told police he returned from his job at Brigante-Karl Buick in Brooklyn, where his father was service manager. The automobile dealership; is co-owned by DeFeo's father-in-law, Michael Brigante. Hunt for Weapon they received a call at 6:35 p.m. from Eonald DeFeo, 23, who told them that he had found the bodies of his parents in their bedroom on the second floor.
When, police arrived, DeFeo said he also had discovered the bodies of his brothers and sisters in other bedrooms of the three-story brown frame house. Police said all the victims were in their nightclothes. John and Mark were found in bed in one of the rooms they shared on the second floor. Allison's body was in a second-floor bedroom" and Dawn's in a third-floor bedroom. No Sign of Struggle Police said that there was no sign of a struggle or of a rob- bery.
No murder weapon was found. Police Sgt. William Smith said that three of the victims were shot in the back, two in the head and one in the neck. Police theorized that all were killed in their sleep late Tuesday night or early yesterday morning. News map by Dennis McCulley Bodies were found in houte (X) on Ocean Amityville.
scribed by neighbors as "very religious." All of the children reportedly attended the local Catholic parochial school. The $75,000 house lies bstween Ocean Ave. and Amityville Creek, which runs into Great South Bay. The property has numerous trees and there is a swimming pool at the side of the house, which also has a detached, two-car garage. vet; eo, the only surviving member of the family, was taken to Suffolk County police headquarters in Hauppauge, where he was questioned by detectives.
It was not known whether Eonald spent the night at his home. Police conducted a search of the grounds around the house and used metal in an attempt to locate the murder weapon. The DeFeo family was de- News photo by Robert Rosamllto Body is removed from house in Amityville, L.I., last night. Airafefi Wwes love Brandi Arafat May Have Had Gun Was Yasser Arafat carrying a gun during his speech to the United Nations General As By STEVEN MATTHEWS Yasser Arafat, the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, opened the United Nations debate on Palestine yesterday with a ringing proclamation that he had come before the members of the General Assembly "bearing an olive branch and a sembly yesterday? Those who got close to him said that he may have been armed with a pistol or at least was wearing freedom fighter gun. "Do not let that olive branch the PLO of wanting to dismantle a holster.
A spokesman for the Pales Israel and Jordan. Tekoah warned that any UN tine Liberation Organization denied to reporters that Ara resolution that "responds to the PLO demands would encourage the extremists in the Arab world who reject a peaceful settlement with Israel. speech in Arabic, but put them on after the address. Having addressed the Assembly, Arafat attended a private working luncheon and discussed a possible UN resolution along the lines of proposals made in his speech. Later he attended a reception given by Egypt and then left the UN in a closely guarded motorcade for the Waldorf-Astoria.
Shortly before he arrived at the Waldorf, at 9 p.m., the helicopter that brought him to the UN left the grounds. The debate did not begin for more than an hour after its scheduled 10:30 a.m. start, but UN officials denied that there was any unusual reason for the delay. There had been reports that a bomb threat had caused the delay. Six members of Arafat's PLO delegation sat in the front of the hall, and a dozen others listened from seats on the side as their leader spoke of the "dream of the Palestinian people" from participation in the current General Assembly session.
The Israeli's returned later in the day to reply to Arafat's speech. Debate Is Delayed Israel's UN ambassador, Yosef Tekoah, in an afternoon speech issued a stinging indictment of both the UN and the PLO. Tekoah said that inviting Arafat to speak amounted to hanging out a sign saying, "Murderers of children are welcome here." Tekoah compared PLO tactics to those employed by the Nazis during World War II. He accused fall from my hand," the guerrilla leader appealed to the nations that had invited him to become the first representative of a non-member state or group to receive delegate status and permission to address a plenary session of the world organization. He repeated his plea to loud applause from the packed, heavily guarded General Assembly chamber.
Only the seats of Israel, which boycotted the speech, and South Africa were empty Because of its racial policies, South Africa was suspended Tuesday Arafat, clad In Western clothes and wearing his traditional black and white checked Arab head dress, but with no trace of his usual beard, spoke amid the tightest security precautions ever undertaken at the united Na tions. He removed his familiar fat had a weapon. Reporters, photographers and UN guards, who were close to Arafat as he left the hall, said Arafat was wearing a holster on his right hip. Photos taken from the pres3 box showed an object that appeared to be a holster as Arafat raised his arm3 and clasped his hands in a victory salute before and after his speech. The Associated Press quoted one of Arafat's bodyguards, without naming him, as saying that it was a gun.
"It's not only real, it's loaded," the guard said. A spokesman for the UN, however, said that the "holster" was, in fact, a case for Arafat's dark glasses. Steven Matthews dark glasses when he read his for a "democratic state" in the Middle East where Moslems. Christians and Jews could "live in equality and progress." Change in Doctrine? "In my formal capacity as chairman of the Palestine Libera By MARTIN KING and FRANK LOMBARDI The turbulent politics of the Middle East tied up Manhattan yesterday in a tion Organization, I proclaim that when we speak of our hopes, we include all Jews now living traffic-snarling, temper-fraying round of demonstrations over the United Nations de bate on Palestine. in Palestine who wish to live in Heavy police security and the peace with us," Arafat said in a strong, clear voice.
Some observers felt that this indicated a change from previ-usly expressed PLO doctrine that only those Jews who lived in Palestine before 1917, when Britain formally announced support for the idea of a Jewish state by was his kinship with the "oppressed Jewish people." Arafat scorned those who would dismiss him as a terrorist and, in a reference to the United States, lashed out at "those who supply our enemy with planes and bombs." United States Ambassador John Scali sat impassively through the remark, as he did River Drive, closed temporarily to usual traffic. As Arafat waited in the United Nations building later in the morning to speak before the General Assembly, groups of protesters began gathering at different locations. At Fifth Ave. and 60th a corner of Central Park, several busloads of pro-Palestinians began arriving before 10 a.m. By 10:50 a.m., the demonstrators had swollen to at least 800 men and women chanting "Welcome, welcome Arafat!" and carrying anti-Israeli signs, the Continued on page col.
2) were there to whisk Arafat, clad in a khaki jacket over fatigues and wearing his customary sunglasses and kaffiyeh, or headdress, to the UN. A third helicopter, a blue and white police chopper, buzzed overhead, its crew on the lookout for possible snipers. As some of Arafat's party headed for the UN in a motorcade with the code name Alpine, Arafat was flown to the north garden of the UN. The army copters landed there at 6:55 a.m. The motorcade and it3 police escort sped into Manhattan on the Van Wyck Expressway, the Grand Central Parkway and the Triborough Bridge to the East block of the hotel, but they apparently did not see the motorcade, which slipped into the hotel's parking garage without incident.
Beginning with the arrival of Arafat, the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, at Kennedy Airport at 6:18 a.m. yesterday, the day's events moved at breakneck speed. Arafat, whom. Jewish militants had threatened openly with assassination, arrived aboard an Air Algeria 707 jet that was guided to a remote hangar. There clusters of reporters and photographers and scores of federal agents, Port Authority policemen and other security personnel waited in the chilly dawn.
pacifying efforts of leaders of pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups kept the several scuffles minor. But there were seven arrests during the day. Copter Check Last night, when Yasser Arafat left the UN building around 8:45, after attending a reception given in his honor by the Egyptian Mission to the UN, patrol helicopters lifted off from the UN lawn for a quick check around the area. The motorcade with Arafat then zipped through the UN gates for the 90-second drive on 49th St. to the Waldorf-Astoria.
He was expected to spend the night at the hotel and leave for Cuba this afternoon. About -50 demonstrators -were lilaxchiiLg.d.chiltingwUhin issuing the Balfour Declaration, would be allowed to remain in the secular state envisioned by Arafat. A PLO spokesman refused to elaborate on the statement, however. Gesturing frequently with his arms, Arafat attempted to reconcile his many condemnations of Zionism a3 an "ideology that is colonialist, imperialist, neocolonialism racist, discriminatory and anti-Semitic" with what he said Continued on page, j2r col, I) Two green I Army helicopters.
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