Have a look at this...this article describes an affidavit from someone who never even existed!
Newsday, December 1, 1990
A judge has granted convicted murderer Ronald DeFeo's request for a hearing to explore yet another version of the events that led to the shootings of his parents and four siblings in their Amityville home 16 years ago.
At the hearing, which will be held in State Supreme Court in Riverhead early next year, DeFeo will have the chance to subpoena a man he has said for years was with him on the day of the murders and can prove DeFeo's innocence.
But the man, Richard Romondoe, never has come forward before, and prosecutors say they are not convinced he even exists. State Supreme Court Justice Thomas M. Stark, the judge who presided over the 1975 trial, issued his ruling yesterday in response to a motion filed by DeFeo asking that his conviction be overturned based on ineffective counsel and alleged new evidence, including the potential testimony of Romondoe. In addition to ordering the hearing, Stark appointed attorney Edward F. McGuinness of Northport to represent DeFeo.
But Stark said in his seven-page memorandum that DeFeo is saddled with the burden of proof, not the prosecution. "He has to prove the latest version of this thing," Stark said. "It should be interesting when he tries to subpoena these witnesses."
At his trial in 1975, DeFeo admitted to fatally shooting his parents and siblings in their home a year earlier, but his attorney, William Weber, offered an insanity defense. DeFeo was convicted and is serving six life terms in Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, N.Y. He lost his appeal in 1978.
The murders prompted a book and a movie, "The Amityville Horror," when later owners of the house claimed it was haunted.
In August, with the aid of a "jailhouse lawyer," DeFeo began filing legal papers in State Supreme Court in Riverhead claiming his verdict should be set aside because he received ineffective counsel and was not allowed to tell at trial what really happened to his family.
His latest claim is at least the third scenario he has painted since the day of the murders and the second since he lost his appeal. DeFeo now says that his sister, Dawn, killed the family and was shot as he wrestled the gun from her.
Prosecutors familiar with the case say his newest account is not possible. Dawn was found face down in her bed after having been shot in the back of the head.
"We are confident at the conclusion of whatever hearing ensues, the judgment of conviction will remain undisturbed and the motion denied," said Suffolk Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Cohen, who fought the 1978 appeal.
In a typewritten affidavit filed with DeFeo's motion for a hearing, "Richard Romondoe of Great Bend, Penn.," says that he and DeFeo were in the basement of DeFeo's parents' house when they heard gunshots and ran upstairs. He said he saw Dawn with a rifle, everyone in the house was dead and he said Dawn was shot after DeFeo pushed her to the bed.
Romondoe claimed he was the one who cleaned up the crime scene and disposed of the gun, which eventually was recovered. In court papers filed this week, DeFeo claims Romondoe is living in the May Fair Motel in Port Arthur, Texas. Police in Port Arthur say that there is no such motel.
Neither Weber nor McGuinness returned telephone messages.