The 10 Most Notorious Paranormal Hoaxes In History

The 10 Most Notorious Paranormal Hoaxes In History

Some might argue that everything that passes for “paranormal” is a hoax. (There’s no fun in that, but insist if you must.) But even the biggest unexplained-phenomenon junkies have to admit when a fraud’s a fraud … as the 10 cases below will attest. 1) The Amityville Horror The big daddy of paranormal hoaxes, Jay Anson’s 1977 bestseller became a hit film (and several subsequent not-so-hit films) and convinced the world that the house with the pie-shaped eyes at 112 Ocean Avenue was haunted by slime-emitting, fly-attracting vengeful Native American spirits and/or witches, plus a ghostly pig with glowing red eyes. So claimed homeowners George and Kathy Lutz, who moved into the home in 1975 months after Ronald “Butch” DeFeo, Jr. killed six members of his family there. Despite multiple paranormal investigations (most famously by Ed and Lorraine Warren) with varying results, certain “facts” of the case were soon revealed to be false (shocker: that “red room” in the basement wasn’t actually a portal to hell), and the family who moved into the home after the Lutzes fled reported an absolute lack of ghostly activity. In fact, nobody who’s lived there since has; last December, the house went on the market again, and the seller was careful to note no demons were included in the asking price: “We had wonderful times in that house. I never felt anything, nothing whatsoever. I was just happy that we were buying the house because we saw the potential of it.” Read More: Gizmodo Australia
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