On a crisp autumn night in 1974, Ronald "Butch" DeFeo Jr. murdered his entire family with a high powered rifle as they slept. Or did he? This second installment of the Shattered Hopes ...
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For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathleen Lutz's story went on to inspire a... See full summary »
The third and final installment of the Shattered Hopes documentary trilogy that explores the infamous "Amityville Horror" case. In 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. allegedly shot and killed his ... See full summary »
On a crisp autumn night in 1974, Ronald "Butch" DeFeo Jr. murdered his entire family with a high powered rifle as they slept. Or did he? This second installment of the Shattered Hopes documentary trilogy picks up where Part I left off. From the opening minute, the DeFeo family has been slaughtered and everyone scrambles to respond to the scene....the details are sketchy at best, and the only thing that is known is that the surviving eldest son, Butch, is the sole survivor of the massacre. Butch is taken into "protective custody" and from here the story takes on a life of its own. Butch is ultimately arrested and charged with the crime, and Shattered's Part II, "Mob, Mayhem...Murder" takes a very close look at went down on the night of the murders while exploring, in intricate detail, the police investigation and subsequent prosecution through the Suffolk County, New York court system. Written by
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Ryan Katzenbach announced that he found hand notations made by Police ballistic expert DellaPenna indicating that the jacketed bullet marked into evidence by police as item 33 weighed 169 grains, had 8 lands and grooves remaining and was .363 in diameter and the paper with these notations is shown on screen. Katzenbach then announces that these characteristics are associated with a .38 special and that DellaPenna misidentified the bullet at a .35 rifle round. It is factually incorrect that these characteristics are associated with a .38 special. A jacketed .38 special round weighs 148 grains and is .357 in diameter. The fragment weighed more than a complete jacketed .38 special round and was larger than the diameter of a .38 special round. All .38 special revolvers in existence at the time the murders were committed had 5 or 6 lands and grooves depending on the manufacturer. The gun that fired item 33 had at least 8 lands and grooves but most likely more. This evidence proves the complete opposite of what Katzenbach contends. It proves item 33 was not a .38 special but could very well have been a .35 rifle round as the expert determined. See more »
Ronald DeFeo Jr and Geraldine Gates got together in 1985 and made up a bunch of nonsense. Over the years DeFeo has changed such nonsense claims either because he could not remember the fairytale he told previously or people disbelieved it so he tried to make up something that was more credible. Indeed his tales at his parole hearings are never the same.
This movie either presents tales made up by Geraldine. How much of the tale she took from what DeFeo told her we have no idea but the combination of recounting lies he told her along with her own lies added in makes a complete mess.
Conspiracy theories are often presented in a spectacular fashion but this is downright boring and not even entertaining to laugh at.
The fact the producers decided to bill her as Geraldine DeFeo-Gates though they know she never ever went by that name shows how desperate they were to try to give credence to her.
Geraldine Gates married DeFeo in 1989 and he divorced her in 1993. She never legally changed her name at any time during the marriage. Indeed she was already married to Gerald Gates at the time she married DeFeo. Since their marriage to Gates took place in New Jersey, New York was unaware of it and permitted her to marry DeFeo. She kept using the name Geraldine Gates on her bank accounts, identification and all other records. She also used that name around acquaintances. The only time she used the name Geraldine DeFeo was when she was talking to someone about Amityville. Subsequent to the divorce she did the same thing. In 2002 she gave a statement to the press to publish about an unrelated issue and the name she gave them was Geraldine Gates.
So despite the fact that legally she was going by the name Geraldine Gates and day to day she was going by the name Geraldine Gates the producers and Geraldine decided to have her last name billed in the credits as DeFeo-Gates. If the producers cared about being impartial and accurate they would have listed her real last name. They added the DeFeo in hoping that would somehow lend credibility to the crap that popped out of her mouth. If the producers can't even be accurate in how they bill participants of the film how can they be taken serious on any other respect? In fact, while advertising the film on their website they present a County ID from 1986 that is no longer valid. The application for such ID proves that Geraldine used a fake address and forged marriage certificate to receive an ID that she was not entitled to. (It is the same forged marriage certificate Newsday referred to being shown) This ID is held out as proof she was married to him prior to their 1989 marriage. Seriously? The producers need to come up with something better than that.
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