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Officials Never Announce Ronald DeFeo’s Cause of Death


Everyone is wondering how did a murderer, Ronald DeFeo Jr, die? He was a mass murderer who shot and killed his mother and father, two sisters, and two brothers inside their home. Ronald DeFeo’s cause of death never reveals because it is reported that the Albany County Coroner’s Office is not able to publish his cause of death to anyone except relatives, over health privacy laws.

He died while serving a 25 years-to-life sentence for the murders. This case inspired the book and movie “The Amityville Horror.”

Ronald DeFeo Jr., who served his sentence at Sullivan Correctional Facility in upstate Fallsburg, died Friday at the age of 69, New York State officials confirmed.

Murderer Ronald DeFeo Jr. died in prison

The State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s (SDCCS) spokeswoman said she could not immediately comment on the case.

DeFeo, who went by the nickname Butch, was eligible for a parole hearing in July. He was sentenced on six counts of second-degree crime for the killings, which took place on Nov. 13, 1974, inside the Dutch Colonial-style home in Amityville where he lived with his family.

Police said DeFeo had shot each of his family members with a 35-caliber Marlin lever-action rifle, shooting each of his siblings once and his parents twice inside their home on Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island, New York, in 1974.

All six victims were later buried in St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Ronald DeFeo’s Cause of Death Reveals

Officials said DeFeo was transported to Albany Medical Center and was pronounced dead on March 12 at 6:35 p.m. It was reported that his cause of death would be determined and announced by the Albany County Medical Examiner’s Office officially. However, it is announced that the Albany County Coroner’s Office is not able to publish Ronald DeFeo’s cause of death to anyone except relatives, over health privacy laws.

Mass murderer Ronald DeFeo Jr. died

The then-23-year-old killed his family members, who were all in bed at the time. His dad Ronald DeFeo Sr., 43, his mom Louise DeFeo, 43, and siblings Dawn, 18, Allison, 13, Marc, 12, and John, 9.

The patricide had claimed he killed his family in self-defense after hearing voices that they were plotting against him. A lawyer expert testified that while Ronald was an admitted LSD and heroin user, he was mentally normal at the time of the murders.

The mass murderer was convicted on Nov. 21, 1975, and on Dec. 4, 1975, and was sentenced to six accusations of 25-years-to-life by Judge Thomas Stark.

In 2016, the infamous five-bedroom, 3½-bathroom Colonial home where the bloodbath took place hit the market for $850,000 and went into contract months later.

A year after the slaughter, George and Kathy Lutz purchased the home, they claimed that they had been forced to leave the house after noticing “strange sounds, voices and green slime oozing from the walls,” less than a month after moving in.

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Why did Ronald DeFeo Jr Kill his Family?

When Ronald DeFeo Jr initially reported the deaths of his family, he ran into a local police station and claimed they had been shot.

He said an alleged hitman, Louis Falini, had murdered and claimed that he might be in danger, too. However, the next day, Ronald admitted to killing all his six family members himself.

In 2006, in a jailhouse interview, DeFeo Jr. claimed that he only killed his father and mother, and after that, his eldest sister, Dawn, because she murdered the other siblings before DeFeo killed her.

His initial trial defense was that he had heard his family’s voices against him. Some people outside of the case presumed this to mean that he had heard voices in his head due to the family home being haunted. Others figured that the voices he had heard resulted from taking LSD, which Ronald DeFeo had admitted to using.

Another possible reason he might have killed his family members was for a possibly sizable life insurance policy. At the time of their deaths, law enforcement reported that he asked how to get his father’s life insurance policy, which raises the theory that money might have motivated the killings.

While all of these reasons seem probable, nothing was officially confirmed.

So what do you think about it? Please kindly scroll down and let us know in the comments box. We are eagerly waiting to see what you think.

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  1. Anonymous April 24, 2021

    I’m sorry dat defeos are gone. But I know dat Ronald defeo jr and dawn were on it. To get the father. Cuz they hated him. So I understand that part of it. And insurance money motive. Alllll of them needed professional help. I’m pay my respects to half of the defeos not the abusive father Ron sr big Ronnie. I love to actually want to talk to them in spirit

  2. Wendy little May 16, 2021

    Constant abuse and family disfunction Defoe Sr. was abusive but the last generation carried the abuse on that a main amount of that generation did, slap your children, beat them down it’s what they were taught by their parents, so, they didn’t know how to understand it so they did what their parents did,,carry it on.

  3. Jaine Dhoe May 23, 2021

    So what was his cause of death? The title is misleading since the cause of death was not disclosed.

    1. US day News May 24, 2021

      Ronald DeFeo Jr’s cause of death would be determined and announced by the Albany County Medical Examiner’s Office after investigation.

      1. Barbara FOULKS June 2, 2021


        1. US day News June 2, 2021

          Ronald DeFeo’s death news was revealed on March 12. At first, it was announced that Ronald DeFeo Jr’s cause of death would be determined and announced by the Albany County Medical Examiner’s Office officially, but now it is reported that the Albany County Coroner’s Office is not able to publish the cause of death to anyone except relatives, over the privacy laws.

  4. Bob June 12, 2021

    They can’t release the cause of death do to privacy laws, what bull shit, an actor just recently died yet their cause of death was released, I smell a cover up.

    1. US day News June 13, 2021

      Maybe you are right and they don’t release Ronald DeFeo’s cause of death over a cover-up. But maybe this is because of the special situation of the ‘mass murderer.’

      1. Anonymous June 22, 2021

        I would bet someone killed him, either guards or another inmate and the gentleman above is absolutely right, sounds like this law is being manipulated to protect the guilty.
        Unlike giving him a fair trial to begin with!

    2. Angel June 22, 2021


  5. Melinda Fisher September 12, 2021

    I think a horrible family tragedy sparked a twisted mind to figure out how to make money off of it with their theories and story plot and we the people ate it up! I don’t think anyone knows what went on in that house but those that lived there. Maybe Butch had a reason, maybe he was sick and twisted,, maybe there was abuse going on behind doors, maybe there was spirits that caused it, or maybe there were00 others that helped him and have gotten away with it for a long time. I don’t think the truth of what happened in that house will ever be known. But it hasn’t stopped us from reading and talking about it since it happened! I feel for the family, no matter what the sick, twisted, and demented reason was behind the deaths. A family of 7 paid with their lives, it just took one of them 47yrs to die while the rest went quickly. Maybe Butch deserved to die the way he did or maybe he was tortured in that house. We will never know for sure, we can only come up with theories and “maybes” to explain it because rational minds can comprehend someone killing their mom, dad and their brothers and sisters. One thing we know regardless, a horrible tragedy happened there that took out an entire family.


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