In 1975, Ronald DeFeO killed six people in the Amityville Horror massacre. Twenty-seven years later, Nissa Burkhalter would become his ex-wife. She tells her story in a new book, The Amityville Horror: My Life Inside the House of Horror.
Nissa Burkhalter: The Ex-Wife of Amityville Horror Killer Ronald DeFeO
Nissa Burkhalter is the ex-wife of Amityville Horror Killer Ronald DeFeo. She was married to DeFeo for just over a year, from 1978 to 1979. Unfortunately, her marriage to DeFeo would end in tragedy. On November 14th, 1978, Nissa and her three children – Ronald Jr., Randy, and Kim – were the victims of a horrific home invasion. The intruders – four masked men wielding guns – broke into their home, raped and murdered Nissa and her children. In 2002, Nissa published a book about her experiences entitled Deadly Dreams: A True Story of Rape and Revenge.
Nissa Burkhalter: From Normal Family to Murder Suspect
Nissa Burkhalter was married to Ronald DeFeo, the Amityville Horror Killer. Nissa and Ronald had a normal family life together until the night of December 14, 1974 when Ronald killed six people in his home and then committed suicide. Nissa was the last person to see her husband alive and has since been labeled a murder suspect.
Nissa Burkhalter is a typical American housewife and mother who, until December 1974, had no idea that her husband, Ronald DeFeo, was responsible for one of America’s most infamous murders. That night, Ronald killed six people – including his wife Nissa’s parents – in their home on Amityville Road.
After the murders, Ronald fled the scene and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Investigators believe that Nissa may have known what was happening that night and may have been complicit in her husband’s crimes.
Today, Nissa lives a peaceful life with her two children outside of Amityville where she works as an office manager. She has always maintained her innocence in relation to the murders and has never spoken about the events of that night until now. In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ 20/20 program,
Nissa Burkhalter: Childhood and Early Life
Nissa Burkhalter was born on January 8, 1965, in Amityville, New York. Her parents were Ronald DeFeo and Louise. She has three sisters: Kathy, Debra, and Jeannine.
Burkhalter married DeFeo in 1988 and they had two children together: Aiden (born 1990) and Hayley (born 1992). The couple divorced in 1999.
Burkhalter later married Ryan Burkhalter. They have one child, a son named Aidan (born 2006).
Burkhalter has since been working as a makeup artist for Fox News.
Nissa Burkhalter: Marriage to Ronald DeFeO
Nissa Burkhalter was married to Ronald DeFeo from 1978 until their divorce in 1984. The couple had two children together, a daughter named Amity and a son named Ryan.
Ronald DeFeo was convicted of the murders of six people in the Amityville Horror house in 1979. Nissa Burkhalter testified against her husband at his trial, and later testified against him during his appeals. She has since written a book about her experiences called Born Guilty: My Life With Ronald DeFeo.
Amityville Horror: What Happened on December 13, 1974?
Nissa Burkhalter, the ex-wife of Amityville Horror Killer Ronald DeFeO, has given an exclusive interview to Newsweek in which she discusses her life before and after her relationship with DeFeO.
Burkhalter met DeFeO in 2006 when she was working as a nanny for his children. They married in 2008 and had two children together. However, their relationship ended in November 2016 after Burkhalter filed for divorce.
In her interview with Newsweek, Burkhalter alleges that DeFeO was abusive towards her both before and after their marriage. She also alleges that he was responsible for the death of her cat, which she says he threw from a third-story window.
Burkhalter’s story sheds new light on the Amityville Horror killings and could lead to new evidence being uncovered in the case. It is still unknown what caused DeFeO to commit these murders, but Burkhalter’s story may help to shed some light on the matter.
Ron DeFeo: From Normal Teenager to Amityville Horror Killer
Nissa Burkhalter was the ex-wife of Amityville Horror Killer Ronald DeFeo. She and Ronald were married in 1968 and had two children together. At the time of her husband’s arrest, Nissa was living in Selden, New York with their two children. She has since divorced Ronald and currently resides in Texas.