‘Amityville: An Origin Story’ Episode 3 Recap & Ending: Who Was The Young Boy In The Picture?

From Jeffrey Dahmer’s history of murder to the tragic death of Ronald DeFeo Jr., The Exorcist horror franchise has been addressed several times in practically all of these crime stories. According to some, The Exorcist responds erratically in their brains, especially those who infamously grew up to be murderers and serial killers, suggesting that the film served as inspiration for their crimes. The third episode of Amityville: An Origin Story also discusses these cursed movie franchises, like The Exorcist. Previously, issues about the veracity of George and Kathy Lutz’s story had been raised, but in this episode, we got a wide overview of both of these possibilities, whether it may all be a fraud or whether the Lutzes were indeed victims of such horrible occurrences. Let’s see what we can conclude at the end of the episode.


Spoilers Ahead

Who Was William Weber?

Carol opens episode 3 by telling how the Lutzes fled the residence in haste. George and Kathy did leave the residence after only 28 days, leaving almost all the belongings in the house. The refrigerator was stocked with food, and the closet was stuffed with their clothing. Everything George and Kathy had at the moment, including their goods and home, appeared to be the devil’s property. The Lutzes were on their way to start over, which is why they didn’t carry any mementos from that residence. On the table was a gingerbread cake that Kathy had baked during their brief stay at the residence. Later, during the paranormal investigation inside the house, the pictures of those clothes and foods came to light. Carol claimed that the experience had profound effects on George. She had never noticed him losing his vitality. His visage was usually marked with a feeling of dread.


After leaving the residence, George and Kathy ran into William Weber, Ronald DeFeo’s defense lawyer. He wanted to come up with a book about the horror story of Amityville. In order to establish that Ronald DeFeo was under the power of a demonic spirit, Weber planned to connect the narrative of the Lutz family with Ronald DeFeo’s case in the book. However, George and Kathy were opposed to being involved in the murder case involving the DeFeo family. Even at a news conference, they avoided mentioning that they had encountered any demonic activity or that they had felt the ghost of the deceased DeFeos. Laura Didio, an investigative reporter who worked on the Amityville horror mystery, said that George and Kathy’s testimony was vague, leaving the reporters with more questions than answers. Even Ronald DeFeo had come out against Weber’s intention to profit from Lutz’s horrible experiences. Weber predicted the story would be a smash hit similar to the combination of The Godfather and The Exorcist.

The Paranormal Investigation

Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, and Omen came to be known as the holy trinity of movies that dealt with demonic existence, occult practices, etc. People were leaving theaters and talking about these movies, occasionally calling it gruesome and torturous. Laura’s worry about the uncertainty of their testimony was addressed by Carol. She claimed that because George and Kathy were simply bored of telling the tale over and over again, they didn’t react as naturally as they should have because recounting those situations was like reliving them each time. Numerous additional skeptics of the paranormal emerged, including Lorraine Warren, Hans Holzer, and Ed. Laura wanted to assist them in looking into the strange occurrences in the house. Some of the psychics were brought along by Ed and Lorraine as they carried on their investigation inside the home. What was happening inside the Amityville mansion was broadcast on Channel 5.


Two of those psychics began to experience unease while doing some sort of paranormal ghost-detecting procedure there. One of them could feel the ghost moving closer to assault her, while the other was overwhelmed by the evil vibes in the house. Even Lorraine Warren, who moved around from one room to another, felt the negative energies around her. She eventually felt threatened in Ronald DeFeo’s bedroom and was unable to stand close to the bed. She exited and sat down on the step. One of the psychics had questioned Carol and asked her to consider the Lutz family. The psychic could also sense that Carol was struggling under the weight of her unsettling experiences and thoughts. Geroge Lutz was hesitant to continue working with the paranormal investigators since he and his wife didn’t want to return to the house and repeat those experiences.

Who Was Jay Anson? Did The Lutzs Pass The Polygraph Test?

In the meantime, Weber requested assistance from the Lutz family to finish his book, but George didn’t want him to write it since Weber wanted to pay DeFeo 5% of the profits, which George and Kathy couldn’t agree to. It was obvious what Weber intended to gain from the situation. Although Weber said that the Lutzes first consented to write the book, throughout their conversation, various made-up ideas were mentioned, including levitation and insects appearing in the rooms. In the past, George and Kathy had talked about Kathy being levitated or the swarms of insects, but Weber insisted that these stories were all made up. George came up with the concept of penning their own stories and publishing a book after severing connections with Weber. They paid the author and publisher, Jay Anson, to create their fiction.


Carol didn’t dispute George’s desire to profit financially from the book’s release. Carol asserted that because George was very broke at the time and had suffered a huge financial loss as a result of abruptly leaving the house, writing a book and making some money seemed like a decent idea for him to improve his situation. However, once Lutz’s book The Amityville Horror: A True Story came out, practically everyone, unlike Carol, began to dislike the tale. Numerous events in the novel may not have truly occurred at the residence. For instance, pigs soaring through the air, blood dripping on a wall, or swarms of bugs engulfing a space. These were overstated claims that led many individuals to have doubts about the Lutzes. Most of the horrible facts that were described in the book, according to Christopher Quaratino, were not accurate. Perhaps Jay Anson created these fictitious ideas with the intention of making the book a best-seller since he knew the readers would find them highly engaging. The book finally became a best-selling one, and George and Kathy’s lives began to improve as a result of the royalties they received.

Anson eventually sold the film rights. Anson did not even ask George and Kathy before selling those rights, but when the film contract came their way, they decided to do it. Famous actors and actresses representing your life on the big screen are something that everyone would like to witness. George and Kathy were no exception. James Brolin was cast as George Lutz in the 1979 film The Amityville Horror. However, James articulated his opinions in that respect in a very amusing manner, notably adding that while he was sitting there with George and Kathy, he would declare he believed them. There was always a doubt in Brolin’s comments that suggested he did not trust the entire scenario. Finally, in the late 1970s, polygraph exams were being employed for a variety of investigation processes. Chris Gugas, a polygraph specialist who has taught in various fields the polygraph in every type of inquiry, did a polygraph on George and Kathy. George and Kathy passed the test.


Who Was The Young Boy In The Picture?

The 1979 film The Amityville Horror was a box office success, but some critics trashed it, claiming that it was no fun and was never supposed to be. The oozing and levitating effects were completely uninteresting. However, other critics noted that while the picture was badly executed, the fear that the director wanted the audience to experience was adequately represented. Perhaps the film worked more on certain viewers because they were more terrified of the idea of evil being real than they were of witnessing the film. The Amityville mansion became a tourist attraction, particularly when the film was released. A number of people from far away came to visit the residence, disrupting the calm of the subsequent family that lived in that mansion. The residents said that they had never experienced any type of evil atmosphere in the house, but they couldn’t stand having strangers come to tour their home as if it were a museum. They ultimately left the residence.

During this time, a photograph began to circulate all across the world. The shot was of a small child peeking through the door, which started a proof of the ghost being there in the house, but afterward, Christopher Quaratino proved everyone incorrect, stating that the little boy in that picture, was the one of the camera men. We are unable to ignore the startling similarity between the photographer’s face and the image of the little kid, which was demonstrated in “Amityville: An Origin Story,” episode 3. It seems that the cameramen who went inside to snap pictures either planned to do so in order to confuse everyone or that the image was just taken accidentally and suddenly became popular.


Final Words

The third episode finished by posing the same issue once more: Was the entire mystery real or just a hoax? However, to start, it is true that there was some sort of publicity-seeking aim, and it was successful for everyone involved. However, the veracity of the experiences recounted, even those that were documented in the book, should be questioned because the authors sold the book under the impression that it was fully true; as a result, a little amount of fabrication may have misled the readers. Not only did it arouse awe and excitement, but it also gave rise to a type of blind faith in the mind that was not at all welcomed. As a result, publications that claim to represent genuine facts should not be taken very seriously. Readers should evaluate everything critically, starting with movies, documentaries, and novels, and should ask questions until the right answer and supporting details emerge. Because if you begin to trust what they say without question, you will unconsciously begin to dwell on it.

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Poulami Nanda
Poulami Nanda
Poulami Nanda hails from a medical background, yet her journey is to cross the boundaries of medicine and survive in the cinematic world. The surrealistic beauty of cinema and art has attracted her from a very young age. She loves to write poems, songs, and stories, but her dream is to write films someday. She has also worked as a painter, but nothing attracts her more than cinema. Through her writings, she wants to explore the world of cinema more and more and take her readers on the same ride.

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