Daily News from New York, New York on November 20, 1977 · 4
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DAILY NEWS, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER. 20, 1977,, line Ami DuildDOllS tyvilfo taws Wd Pe bit? By JAY ANSON First of a series George and Kathy Luth moved into 112 Ocean Ave. Amityville, L.I., on December IS, 1975. Twenty-eight days later, they fled in terror. "The Amity-viUe Horror" is their story, written with their cooperation. Since publication this book has become a best seller. It also became a controversy: Some names were changed, certain people mentioned hove denied the account, and critics have challenged the general accuracy of the book. Whether you believe it, or not, is up to you. We offer these excerpts so that you can make up your own mind . EORGE LUTZ, 28, of Deer Park, L.I., had a pretty good idea ot land and home values. The noinpr of a land -surveying company, William II. Parry, Inc., he proudly let everyone know that his business was a third-generation operation. . . Between July and November, he and his wife, Kathleen, 30, had looked at more than 50 homes on the island's South Shore before deciding to investigate Amityville. The house at 112 Ocean Ae. is a big, rambling, three-story affair, with dark shingles and white trim. The lot on which it stands is 50 by 237 feet the 50 feet facing front. With the property comes 30 feet of wooden bulkhead that stands against the Amityville River. An enclosed porch, with a wet bar, looks out at the preferred, older residential community of other big homes. Evergreens grow around the narrow grounds, partly blocking off the neighbors on either side. Without hesitation, the broker told the couple it - was the DeFeo house. Everyone in the country, it seems, had heard about that tragedy the 23-year-" old Ronald DeFeo killing his father, mother, two brothers, and two sisters in their sleep on the night of November 13, 1974. Newspaper and television accounts had told of the police discovering the six bodies all shot with a high-powered rifle. All as the Lutzes learned months later were lying in the same position: on their stomachs with their heads resting on their arms. Confronted with this massacre, Ronald had finally confessed: "It just started; it went so fast, I just couldn't stop," For months before the incident, the young man testified, "I heard voices. Whenever I looked around, there was no one there, so it must have been God talking to me." Ronald DeFeo was convicted of. murder and sentenced to six consecutive life terms. But Kathy took one final look about the house, smiled happily and said, "It's the best we've seen. It's got everything we ever wanted." They wpuld try to manage the $80,000 cost. - - The Lutzes decided one of the bedrooms on the third floor would be for their two boys, Christopher, 7, and Dan iel, 9. The other upstairs bedroom they gave to the children as a playroom, Melissa "Missy" the 5-year-old . girl, would sleep on the second floor, diagonally across from he master bedroom. There would also be a sewing room and a big dressing room on the same floor. - ;: . DECEMBER 18 Father Frank I O 1 Mancuso s not merely a cleric. -In addition to properly attend-ing to his priestly duties, he is a lawyer, a judge of the Catholic Court' and a practicing psychotherapist. All that morning, the priest moved around his apartment in - the Sacred Heart Rectory in a daze. Today is Thursday, he thought to himself. I've got a lunch date in Undenhurst, then I must go and bless . the Lutzes' new home. Frank Mancuso had met George Lutz two years earlier. Even though George (Continued on page 91) Anti-libs Veil: No Deal OnAbortion By PAULA BERNSTEIN Staff Correspondent of The News Houston Clapping, yelling and waving flags and 'Libbers Repent" signs, nearly 15,000 persons vowed "no exceptions and no compromise for protection of the fetus" at a two-hour rally here yesterday. The emotional, tumultuous counter-convention was organized at the Astro Arena in protest against the International Women's Year National Women's Conference. It attracted busloads of out-of-state "right-to-life" supporters and opponents of the equal rights amendment as well as fundamentalist church members. From the first hymn to the last prayer, it sounded like a Southern revival meeting. "It seems like we're inside a black Baptist church," said Clay Smothers, a black Texas state senator. The religious zeal at the Astro Arena contrasted sharply to the convention drone in downtown Houston. ssocfdtGd Press phofo Bella Abzug (I.) joins First Ladies past and present (2d left to right) Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford and Lady Bird Johnson in applauding presentation of colors at opening of conference. There., 2,000 delegates and 20,000 spec tators watched parliamentary haggles and debates over relatively noncontro-versial resolutions on child abuse, battered women and federal help for women business owners. Although anti-ERA delegates represent about 20 of the delegates, many got to floor microphones to raise procedural points, propose "pro-life" amendments and slow down the action. Smothers, whose speech at the coun ter convention drew the loudest applause and many standing ovations, called for "victory over the perverts in this country." Speaking in a Martin Luther King-like cadence. Smothers told the crowd: "I have enough civil rights to choke a goat. I want the right to separate myself from these misfits and perverts." Other speakers protested the "federally financed revolution," urged American women to preserve "what is good and true" and pressed for "the rights of the family against the claims of the state." In a surprisingly brief speech, Phyllis Schlafly, the Stop-ERA chairman, called the Women's Year commission "a costly mistake at the taxpayers' expense." She said ERA proponents "want a gender-free society forbidden to make reasonable differences between hus bands and fathers and wives and mothers." "American women do not want abortion, lesbianism, ERA and universal child care in the hands of the government," she said. In an attemyt at conciliation yesterday morning at the downtown conference, Rep. Barbara Jordan of Texas said, to a standing ovation; "Nothing in the goals of the conference is incompatible with the goals of American women." She described the conference as "noncontroversial" and proposed that President Carter devote some attention to human rights in his own country. In the Best of Blocks, Otipoff Events for the Kich Ki:T AULETTA WHAT DOES the next mayor of New York have in common with the next president of the American Stock Exchange, a former candidate for governor, a wealthy one-time actress, a renowned Fifth Ave. cigar maker and many other rich and famous people? They all live in rent-controlled apartments. Taxpayers subsidize Ed Koch's $250-a-month Greenwich Village apartment. The fair market value of his apartment, claims a spokesman for his landlord NYU would be $400 to $450. If Koch and so.ne of his neighbors paid a normal rent, the building would be assessed at a higher tax rate, meaning higher taxes for the landlord and more revenues for the city. Like Koch, Arthur Levitt Jr.. the new president of the American Stock Exchange, lives in a rent-controlled apartment. The son of the state controller pays $661 a month for an eight-room (high ceiling, wood-binning, fireplace) apartment on E. 86th St. A fair market rental, says a spokesman for the landlords would be $850 to $1,200 a month. Dean Alfange, American Labor Party candidate for governor in 1942, since active in horse racing and the state Liberal Party, has a five-room, rent-controlled apartment overlooking the park on Central Park West. According to rent records, he pays $373 a month. The same non-controlled apartment, one floor below, rents for $650. A doctor on Alfange's floor pays $418 for a suite of six rent-controlled rooms, including a sweeping view of the park from a 142-by-23-foot living room. Former opera singer and actress Dorothy Sarnoff, who appeared in the original "The King and I," doesn't have a view. But for the last 24 years she has had a rent-controlled apartment on ritzy Central Park South. She now runs a thriving speech instruction company, charging up to $1,500 for six hours of lessons and $2,500 per personal lecture. She pays $470 a month for an apartment worth $750, according to a real-estate representative familiar with it. Nat Sherman makes hand-rolled cigars and ciga-rets with gold tips for people like Frank Sinatra and Telly Savalas. His custom-made pipes go for as much ie.: y h- i : - - - - - - - - as $800. His store on Fifth Ave. and 55th St. rents for $210,000 a year. The monthly controlled rent for his six room Central Park West apartment is listed at $355.18. The same apartment on the next floor rents for $754.14. For 33 years, Mrs. Otto Fuerst has lived in the same building as Mrs. Sarnoff. Her two-bedroom apartment lists for $440 a month. Though the rent-control law requires that an apartment serve as a primary" residence, Mrs. Fuerst acknowledges spending much of her year shuttling between homes in Palm Beach and California. Why? 'T think a person of wealth should get anything they can get," she says into the phone. "I'm a parasite. I just spend money." Then she hung up. At swank 1085 Park Ave., an eight-room controlled apartment goes for $640 a month; a six-room controlled apartment for $473. At 40 Central Park South, where room service is provided by the St. Moritz and sleek Rolls-Royces stand at attention in front of the long white canopy. 44 of the 143 apartments are rent-controlled. Carol Haussamen, who owns (Continued on page 62)

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