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In Remembrance

BEYOND AMITYVILLE

Outside Ed Warren's office an old chapel clock ticked away the moments with quiet, mechanical precision. All else stood still. It was the middle of a cold, dark night in New England.
Inside the office, a brass lamp lit the desk where Ed Warren, a pensive, gray-haired man of fifty sat working. Hundreds of books surrounded him, most bearing strange, arcane titles on the mysterious lore of demonology. Above the desk hung photographs of monks and grim-faced exorcists, standing with Ed Warren in abbeylike settings. For Ed, working in the still silence of night, it had been a wicked day -- one that was not yet over.
Just before the hour the clock movement came alive in a series of clicks and relays, finally churning up three somber, resonating bongs. At the third stroke Ed looked up, listened into the darkness, then went back to writing. It was three o'clock in the morning, the true witching hour, the hour of the Antichrist. And now, unbeknownst to him, Ed Warren was on borrowed time.
Only hours before, Ed and Lorraine Warren had returned to their home in Connecticut after having been called in to investigate claims of a "haunted house" on Long Island's south shore, in a pleasant residential suburb of New York City. In December 1975, the house had been purchased by George and Kathleen Lutz, who moved into it around Christmas of that year with their three young children. A year before the Lutzes bought the house, the eldest son of the previous owner murdered the six sleeping members of his family at 3:15 in the morning of November 13, 1974, with a .35 caliber rifle.*

*The New York Times, November 15, 1974


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On January 15, 1976, the Lutzes fled from the house, contending that they had been victimized by manifest supernatural forces. It was a case that later came to be known as The Amityville Horror.
By the end of January 1976, the press had become fully aware of the Lutz family's claim of a bizarre experience in the house, and promptly called experts into the case. The experts brought in were Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens were consulted because, in professional circles, they are considered to be perhaps this country's leading authorities on the subject of spirits and supernatural phenomena. Over the course of some three decades, Ed and Lorraine Warren have investigated over three thousand paranormal and supernatural disturbances.
The question the news media had essentially wanted answered was whether there was a "ghost" in the house at the time.
The answer the Warrens gave at the end of their three-day investigation, however, was something no one had bargained for. Indeed their answer literally strained credulity.
"Yes," the Warrens disclosed at the time, "in our judgment, there was a spirit that had plagued the Lutzes in the house. But they also concluded, "no ghost was present."
What did this paradoxical statement mean? Did this imply there were other kinds of spirits than ghosts?
Incredibly, the answer the Warrens gave was "Yes!"
"There are two types of spirits that are encountered in true haunting situations," the Warrens explained on March 6, 1976. "One is human; the other, however, is inhuman. An inhuman spirit is something that has never walked the earth in human form.."
The Warrens' sobering information was not merely well-intentioned speculation -- because fully two weeks before, Ed and Lorraine Warren had been confronted by an inhuman spirit in their own home. The visitation happened to Ed first.
Ed Warren's office is located in a small, cottage-sized building attached to the main house by a long enclosed passageway. As Ed sat working on preliminary details of the Amityville case that fateful February morning, the latch at the end of the passageway snapped open, followed by the percussive boom of the heavy wooden door. Footsteps then started toward the office.....




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IS IT TRUE?
A NOTE ON ACCURACY


   Despite its enormous popularity, Prentice-Hall's hit bestseller The Amityville Horror was the most litigated book in history. An almost unimaginable storm of lawsuits accompanied its publication which not only took many years to resolve but also monopolized the publish- er's time, money, and resources. Thus when Prentice-Hall's legal de-partment got hold of the draft manuscript for The Demonologist, every aspect of the text was challenged. With vigor. Legally defensible authentication was required for every statement and every case cited in the book. That which made-it got printed; that which was even potentially troublesome got dropped. The ultimate selection of cases for the book was bound by the rules of evidence and proper scientific inquiry: only those cases were included where valid, corroborating evidence was available and three independent witnesses would attest, in writing, to the actuality of events. In the end, after all this meticulous scrutiny, fully 95% of the original submission made it through the vetting process and became the book that is available today. Yet even before the lawyers got hold of it, the original manuscript was read by not one but two Roman Catholic exorcists who had complete freedom to strike any questionable theology from the text. Finally, before it went to print, those individuals whose cases were in fact cited in the book were given open free-dom to edit the copy for accuracy, and when done were caused to sign a legally binding release attesting to the veracity of the text. Thus before it ever saw the light of day The Demonologist was scrutinized legally, theologically, and factually, and passed every test. It can therefore be said with complete authority that every sentence in this book is true.