Ronald Defeo JR was born and raised in Brookln. He and his family moved to 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island. He lived with his mother, father, 2 younger brothers and his younger sister. His father was a very hot tempered man, known for his bouts of rage and violence. Ronald Defeo JR - also known as Butch - bore the brunt of most of his fathers temper and expectations.
At the age 14, Butch had had enough of being bullied at home and at school and began to get violent. Ronald Defeo SR was giving into Butch's outbursts and bought him a $14,000 speedboat to cruise the Amityville river.
At age 17 Butch's anger and aggression was getting worse. He was forced to leave his parochial school and began using serious drugs such as heroin and LSD along with dabbling in petty thievery.
As he grew older he grew stronger and his violent behaviour became increasingly more psychotic. One afternoon when hunting with friends he pointed a loaded rifle at a young man he had known for years and began yelling at him. The young man's face turned white and he left quickly afterwards. Later that day Butch asked him 'innocently' why he had left in such a hurry earlier that day as if nothing had happened.
At age 18 Butch was given a job at his grandfather's Buick dealership. There was very little expected of him. Half of the time he didn't even turn up.
One night when his father and mother were arguing Butch went up to his room, got his gun and pointed it in his fathers face yelling " Leave that woman alone. I am...