Posts Tagged ‘Freaky Friday’

I remember that movie as being one of the scariest at that time when we were young.  Those distinctive, tell-tale windows made every other house with them seem so forboding.  Unfortunately, those windows didn’t make it through the updated renovation.  A time has ended…

‘Amityville Horror’ child says house is beautiful

Thursday May 27, 2010 4:19 PM By Valerie Kellogg
 

He is known today as Christopher Quaratino, but in the 1970s he was Chris Lutz, a member of the family that moved into the so-called “Amityville Horror” house after Ronald DeFeo Jr. had murdered his parents and sibilings.

Although the family lived there only 28 days, his late mother and stepfather’s tale of supernatural terror became the basis of the bestselling Jay Anson book “The Amityville Horror: A True Story,” which was turned into the blockbuster 1979 hit movie. Quaratino, now 42 and living in Arizona, changed his name from Lutz in the 1980s while serving in the U.S. Army. The Gulf War veteran says he wanted “to escape public scrutiny” and not “be a part of the freak show.”

Now Quaratino says he wants to set the record straight about what really happened while living as a child at the 1927 Dutch Colonial on the canal. (It has since been renovated, is now on the market for $1.15 million and is on its third owner since the Lutz family lived there.) Quaratino, who rehabs foreclosures, is writing his own book about what happened in the house.

Quaratino, who has not been to the neighborhood since 2005, says that while living at the house he saw a shadowy figure come to him and that his bedroom window opened and shut repeatedly one night. “There were things that took place, not as described in the book,” he says, adding that George Lutz was into the occult and that this “brought up spirits.”

“That stuff [spirits] followed us for years,” he adds. “It’s not because of the house.”

His estranged brother, Daniel, is making a documentary about his experience titled “My Amityville Horror.”

After the property came on the market this week, Quaratino saw the photos online. “The house looks beautiful,” he says. The owner, he adds, “did a fantastic job on the remodel. It looks a hell of a lot better than when I lived there. He did an excellent job.”

http://www.newsday.com/classifieds/real-estate/real-li-1.812034/amityville-horror-child-says-house-is-beautiful-1.1955297

cattle-mutilationColorado cow mutilations baffle ranchers, cops, UFO believer
By Jason Blevins
The Denver Post
Posted: 12/09/2009 01:00:00 AM MST
Rancher Manuel Sanchez has lost four calves in as many weeks, all mysteriously mutilated. Authorities are baffled. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)

SAN LUIS — Manuel Sanchez tucks his leathery hands into well-worn pockets and nods toward a cedar tree where, last month, he found his fourth mysteriously slaughtered calf in as many weeks.

“I have no idea what could do this. I wish I did,” he says.

Four calves, all killed overnight. Their innards gone. Tongues sliced out. Udders carefully removed. Facial skin sliced and gone. Eyes cored away. Not a single track surrounding the carcasses, which were found in pastures locked behind two gates and a mile from any road. Not a drop of blood on the ground or even on the remaining skin.

In his life in the piñon-patched pastures where his father and grandfather raised cattle, the 72-year-old Sanchez has seen mountain lions and coyotes kill cattle, elk and deer. He’s seen birds scavenge carcasses. He’s heard of thieves slaughtering livestock in the field for their meat. He can’t explain what he saw last month.

“A lion will drag its kill. Coyotes rip and tear flesh. These were perfect cuts — like with a laser or like a scalpel. And what would take the waste — all the guts — and leave the nice, tender meat?” Sanchez says, as he nudges his old Ford through rutted trails, rosary beads swinging from his rearview mirror. “No tracks. No blood. No nothing. I got nothing to go by. They don’t leave no trace.”

Every rancher who has reported similar cattle deaths — and there have been at least eight such deaths in southern Colorado this year — uses the same description.

“They just stripped this one,” says Tom Miller, who in March was one of three ranchers near Trinidad who discovered mutilated cattle.

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