For a number of months I have been accessing the site containing archived interviews by Art Bell on Coast to Coast AM. This archive contained the third part of the 2002 interview with George Lutz where Joel Martin made a brief appearance to answer questions and to briefly mention his involvement in the Amityville case - transcripts of these were done as part of Dan's project on transcribing Amityville-related interviews over the past thirty years.
During the time I have frequented the archives, I have also downloaded and listened to interviews with Dr Barry Taff of the Entity case, Al Bielek of the Philadelphia Experiment as well as Preston Nicholls from Montauk Project. During the latter interviews I came upon Preston Nicholls answering a caller's question relating to the Amityville and how Nicholls mentioned being involved in an investigation on the house as part of a team of parapsychologists - unfortunately he did not mention when the investigation took place or on who requested such an investigation.
Now I finally get to Father Malachi Martin and how it was mentioned by Art Bell to George Lutz at the start of the 2002 interview how Father Malachi mentioned the house being "the most haunted in all of America" to paraphrase.
On the archived site there is a section available for discussion threads where shows can be requested and questions can be answered by those who are presumably "in the know" - that is, they appear to have a sound knowledge base on Art Bell interviews and given they moderate both the archives and the forum, they would have a reasonable knowledge as to the material discussed on a great many interviews - and if they don't know then no doubt they can tap into whoever or whatever resource to find out or provide a reasonable explaination albeit conclusive or otherwise.
I took this opportunity to ask about Father Malachi Martin's mentioning of Amityville to Art Bell:
Fr Malachi Martin - mentioning Amityville
Feb 5th, 2009, 1:50am
I was wondering if anybody could help me with this one.
During his 2002 interview with George Lutz it was mentioned by Art Bell to George that Fr. Malachi Martin mentioned the house in Amityville as the most haunted house in all of America.
I have been trying to locate this interview with Malachi Martin that Art refers to him mentioning the house in Amityville but have not had much luck.
I know George Lutz was trying to find this interview before he passed away in 2006.
Can anybody help?
I got a response from ByteMonster, the Adminstrator:
Re: Fr Malachi Martin - mentioning Amityville
Reply #1 - Feb 5th, 2009, 4:08am
Hi Brendan, welcome to the site.
I'm guessing you've found your way here through the Amityville Forum? We get visits from that site from time to time.
I just skimmed through the original 1996 interview with Malachi Martin and also through the April 1997 interview with no success. The closest I found was that houses can have spirits that attach themselves, but no specific reference to Amityville.
There's at least one more show to go through but it's getting late for me so I'll tackle it tomorrow unless someone comes back with an answer to your query.
There is the possibility that Malachi may have mentioned it to Art during a private conversation. Art mentioned having several such conversations while he was alive.
I have not responded to the above reply to see whether ByteMonster had come across anything in his continued search.
Since reading this reply I have come to realise that perhaps there was no mentioning on-air by Fr. Martin of the house in Amityville - and that if there was any mention it was perhaps during an off-air discussion, as mentioned in the above response.