Ronald DeFeo Jr. dead at 69 – Amityville Horror killer who inspired film after slaying family passes away in jail

THE murderer who inspired "The Amityville Horror" has died, according to New York State officials.

Ronald DeFeo Jr. was given a 25-to-life sentence for the brutal killing of his mom, dad, two sisters and two brothers inside their home in Amityville.

The killer, 69,was found dead on Friday at Sullivan Correctional Facility in upstate Fallsburg officials confirmed.

Officials said DeFeo was transferred to Albany Medical Center and was pronounced dead on March 12 at 6:35 p.m. 

An autopsy by the Albany County Medical Examiner’s Office will rule an official cause of death.

DeFeo, whose nickname was Butch, was convicted of killing his mother, father, two sisters and two brothers inside their home in Amityville home on Ocean Avenue on Nov. 13, 1974.

He gunned down his family with a .35-caliber Marlin lever-action rifle – shooting each of his parents twice and his siblings once each.

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