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The "High Hopes" sign on the lawn ...

Post by radiomixer » Sat Oct 01, 2005 4:31 pm

Does anyone know what ever became of it?

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Post by krizzy » Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:24 pm

Bex, i'm not sure if this has ever been proven, but rumor has it that the DeFeo relatives burned it along with several other items from the house.
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Post by SilkyPup » Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:42 pm

and that's the weird thing....why would they burn it if there was nothing bad about the house? See what i mean?
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Post by krizzy » Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:44 pm

What else would they do with it though Silk?
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Post by SilkyPup » Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:48 pm

What else would they do with it though Silk?
I think I would keep it. Sure, right now it's painful to look at...but I would keep it because it was a symbol of what my children and grandchildren were looking for. So I would put it up in the attic and maybe someday I would look at it again, and even if I didn't....it would be something to hold on to. Does that make sense?
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Post by krizzy » Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:54 pm

It certainly makes sense Silk, yet...of all of the items to keep and cherish, I doubt a sign reading 'High Hopes' would have been my first choice. Especially considering that those very "High Hopes" were never fulfilled for them.
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Post by SilkyPup » Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:57 pm

Yeah, you have a point. It's normal for me to get sentimental when I am grieving though, so I can see myself keeping that.
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Post by Brendan72 » Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:58 pm

persephone wrote:Does anyone know what ever became of it?
I understand that it was still standing when the Lutz's looked at the house for the first time in late 1975. Kathy Lutz recalled in the History Channel interview, seeing the sign when first visiting the house. From this we know it was still standing in late 1975. From this point I am unsure whether the DeFeo relatives got rid of the sign after the deal went through for the selling of the house to the Lutz family.

From this point I could only theorize that the sign was removed along with the statuary. I believe George and Kathy had requested the removal of the statuary from around front lawn and other areas of the yard. Whether the DeFeo relatives had removed the sign as well around this time is anybody's guess.
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Post by radiomixer » Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:02 pm

krizzy wrote:Bex, i'm not sure if this has ever been proven, but rumor has it that the DeFeo relatives burned it along with several other items from the house.
I heard that too, I've just never found evidence one way or the other. If I were in their shoes I would have discarded it one way or another too. I guess if it were burned, at least they'd know that no 'murder fans' would have gotten to it, with the possible response of claiming so publicly or displaying it publicly.

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Post by radiomixer » Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:03 pm

That's interesting, Brendan, thanks!

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Post by Spectral Birth » Sat Oct 01, 2005 10:14 pm

persephone wrote:If I were in their shoes I would have discarded it one way or another too. I guess if it were burned, at least they'd know that no 'murder fans' would have gotten to it, with the possible response of claiming so publicly or displaying it publicly.
Just so you know I'm not attacking you in any way whatsoever, but the "murder fans" would have only gotten hold of the sign if you'd let them. Personally I would have kept it. I agree with SilkyPup on this one.
Interesting thread, I've always wondered what happened to that sign.
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Post by NCPilot » Sat Oct 01, 2005 10:34 pm

I wonder if the sign can be re-produced.
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Post by tallman » Sun Oct 02, 2005 8:16 am

krizzy wrote:Bex, i'm not sure if this has ever been proven, but rumor has it that the DeFeo relatives burned it along with several other items from the house.
hmm... i highly doubt thats true. I think the real estate agent or somebody took it down before any body moved in after the murders.
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Post by DryWellToHell » Sun Oct 02, 2005 12:44 pm

I heard it was burned too. I don't blame the surviving DeFeo's for destroying the sign. It represented all that the slain family had worked for and achieved and it light of such tragedy why keep it around?
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Post by Spectral Birth » Mon Oct 03, 2005 2:49 pm

I would have left it in the front yard as a warning to whoever buys the house next.
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I probably would have kept it for sentimental reasons. More than likely I would have built a garden for the Defeos and put the sign in there somewhere. I would have tried to create something positive with it.
If that didn't work I'd burn it.
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Post by newyorkguy » Sat Oct 08, 2005 6:31 pm

I think George Lutz, in his crazed actions to get warm and keep the fireplace going used the sign for firewood.

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Post by tallman » Sat Oct 08, 2005 7:43 pm

hey specteral birth, sorry for stealing and outdoing your avatar
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Re: The "High Hopes" sign on the lawn ...

Post by gator812k » Wed May 04, 2016 10:56 am

Brendan72 wrote:
persephone wrote:Does anyone know what ever became of it?


I understand that it was still standing when the Lutz's looked at the house for the first time in late 1975. Kathy Lutz recalled in the History Channel interview, seeing the sign when first visiting the house. From this we know it was still standing in late 1975. From this point I am unsure whether the DeFeo relatives got rid of the sign after the deal went through for the selling of the house to the Lutz family.



From this point I could only theorize that the sign was removed along with the statuary. I believe George and Kathy had requested the removal of the statuary from around front lawn and other areas of the yard. Whether the DeFeo relatives had removed the sign as well around this time is anybody's guess.
I just saw in The History Channel where George and Kathy did say that it was there when they first visited the house. If it was not burned by the DeFeo's, does anyone know now what happened to it?

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Re: The "High Hopes" sign on the lawn ...

Post by sherbetbizarre » Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:06 am

This guy think he's got it :lol:


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Re: The "High Hopes" sign on the lawn ...

Post by Anarane » Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:28 am

Either someone's a fibber or they got seriously conned! :D

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