If I recall, the Amityville family admitted the story was a hoax they came up with while drinking some wine to increase interest in the house they wanted to unload.
HotDogHead – we felt a strange presence when we did our home inspection, too. Turned out to be the current owner who was hiding in the third bedroom. I introduced myself and shook his hand and he immediately ran to the bathroom to wash his hands! Very spooky!!!
We exorcised the house with a lot of clorox clean-up and fresh paint, and other than the occasional disappointed process-server we’ve had no further incidents. [;)]