Jeremiah Ketcham in the Amityville Horror

Jeremiah Ketcham is a fictional character, but partially based on real people.

Lucretia Mott Lucretia Mott warned John Ketcham about the occult. Fox Sisters Spiritism and Witchcraft John Ketchum and his circle of friends were involved with the occultist Fox sisters who claimed to talk to the dead.
  Witchcraft and the Amityville Horror Katie Haegele said people accused the Fox sisters of being  "witches."

John Ketcham was the actual person.

Jerimiah Ketcham is a fictional character very remotely based on John Ketcham. The Ketchams were Puritans from the Salem area of Massachusetts that settled on Long Island and once owned the land that the famous horror house is on. There were really Indian burial grounds in the area, and John Ketcham was a real person. However, much of their facts were mixed up since John Ketcham was not burned, and the burial ground was not under the house.

Here are the facts. There were several John Ketchams in Suffolk County. The first was from the Salem, Massachusetts who was involved in anti-witch activities. A relative, another John Ketcham was actually involved in the occult. In a letter to John Ketcham, Lucretia Mott wrote, "[Her husband James Mott] attended a circle for 10 weeks last winter, and was much interested. I have never witnessed anything of the kind. Is there not reason to fear the effects of such frequent reveries, on Isaac Postís mind? A Mrs. Taft of Mass. has lately become quite insane, from that cause. (Mott, 1852) ."

John Ketcham was practicing Spiritism. Spiritism was founded by the Fox sisters and according to "Spirits of the Age" by Katie Haegele many people at the time "called the girls harlots and witches." ( The bible says in Galatians 5:19-20: that people must stay away from, "...impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, spiritism (that is, encouraging the activity of demons),..." and Kathryn Capoccia, said, "The basic elements of Spiritism and witchcraft have remained the same throughout it's history." ("Halloween: A Trick or a Treat? 04/29/2003  The Fox sister would hold ceremonies in a circle and claim to talk to the dead. John Ketcham knew Isaac Post. Post was one of the leaders of the Spiritist movement and wrote the book "Voices From the Spirit World," in 1852, the year John Ketcham received the letter from Lucretia Mott.

Amityville Horror Lion Picture of the lion that supposedly moved.    Amityville High School Colors
Sayville Schools Compare the blood red colors of the Amityville schools to the colors of the movie posters. Nearby sister village Sayville was the first place to use the symbolism of the demonic lightning bolt with the purple/gold colors.

The earliest case involving claims of demon possession and murder in Suffolk County was in 1657 where Goody Garlick was accused of being a witch. In addition there was a mysterious animal sighted, much like people sight Jody the pig. In the murder and witchcraft trial of Goody Garlick people sighted a strange black cat. This occurred like the others on the south shore of Suffolk County New York, like the others. Goody Garlick was found innocent. She was accused by members of the Edwards family, who were the founders of Sayville, which is located on the south side of Suffolk County. Sayville is the gateway to the world center of homosexuality, Fire Island.

According to the Amityville story, John Ketcham was a witch that came to Suffolk County from the Salem, Massachusetts area. John Ketcham was a real person, but he was not put on trial for witchcraft. However, Suffolk County was originally settled by people from the area around Salem, which werd Puritans. One particular mystery is where Amityville sister city Sayville got its name from. No one knows. This in itself is strange. A popular theory is that since the family that started Sayville came from Salem Village, Massachusetts, it is a contraction of Salem and Village. Originally Salem was called "Salem Village" later dropping the second part of the name. Thus Salem=Say, Village=Ville, and the two combined being equal to "Sayville."

The actual ad that the Lutzes saw in Newsday for the horror house. Amityville Horror Dead Body of DeFeo Dead body being carried out of the house of Amityville house of  horrors.

From George Washington's 1790 Diary: His visit to Sayville and the Ketcham's
"From hence turning off to the right we fell into the South Rd. [Montauk Hwy] at the distance of about five miles where we came in view of the Sea & continued to be so the remaining part of the days ride, and as near it as the road could run for the small bays, marshes and guts, into which the tide flows at all times rendering it impassible from the height of it by the Easterly Winds."
"We dined at one Ketchams..." - Day before Sayville
"Thursday 22nd. About 8 O'clock we left Mr. Thompson's -- halted a while at one Greenes distant 11 Miles and dined Harts Tavern..."
"To this place we traveled on what is called the South road described yesterday but the Country through which it passed grew more and more Sandy and barren as we traveled Eastward, so as to become exceedingly poor indeed but a few miles further Eastward the lands took a different complexion we were informed. From Harts we struck across the Island for the No. side, "

NOTES: The Ketchams mentions are of the family of John Ketcham of Amityville Horror fame. According to the Amityville story, he was a witch that came to Long Island from Salem, MA. The Greenes are the people who settled West Sayville. There is an old Amityville legend says John Ketcham came to Long Island from Salem Mass. but because he was a witch escaping the trials, when in Amityville he was burned as a witch.  

Witch Houses "Salem Village" No one is really sure exactly why Amityville sister village Sayville is called Sayville. The theory is "Sayville" is a contraction of "Salem Village," the original name of Salem, Massachusetts. Many of the original families came from there. Sayville is near Amityville in Suffolk County.

Salem = Say ; Village = Ville ; = Sayville

Old pictures of houses in Sayville. Looks like Salem, MA.


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