Fact or fiction: A look at the Amityville house

Today's TV

October 31, 2002

Primetime Thursday reports on the real story behind America's most famous haunted house, immortalized in the classic scary movie The Amityville Horror. The house's former owner - who bought it after an entire family was murdered there - chronicles the bizarre occurrences he claims his family witnessed, including accounts of apparitions, levitations and mysterious life forces. While his spooky story sold millions of books and movie tickets, the debunkers say it's all a big hoax. Primetime tries to separate the bizarre facts from the pure fiction.

The program airs tonight at 10 on ABC (WMAR, Channel 2).

At a glance

Direct Connection (7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) - The Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, is the featured guest. PBS.

Monk (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) - In a repeat of the pilot, the apparent assassination attempt on a mayoral candidate stumps Captain Stottlemeyer and the police department. Stottlemeyer reluctantly asks Monk to investigate, although Monk's phobias and unorthodox methods frustrate and startle everyone. ABC.

Family Affair (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) - As Halloween nears, Uncle Bill and Mr. French plan a trick-or-treat expedition when they realize that Halloween in New York doesn't compare to the small-town holiday Buffy and Jody are used to. WB.

Will & Grace (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) - On Halloween, Grace allows Leo (guest star Harry Connick Jr.) to drag her into the rustic fall countryside for a long bike ride - along with Will and his new friend (guest star Jason Marsden) - but she finds she can't pretend to be outdoorsy. NBC.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) - In an episode named "Abra Cadaver," Grissom, Sara and Warrick investigate Las Vegas magician Zephyr (Tom Noonan) after a female audience volunteer disappears in his "Chamber of Doom" sword box and never reappears. CBS.

Funniest Wedding Outtakes (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) - After months of planning their special day down to the last detail, brides and grooms hope for the perfect wedding - but sometimes they falter at the altar. Fox.

Cable

Young Frankenstein (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Comedy Central) - Gene Wilder takes a hilarious turn as the scientist's grandson in this 1974 Mel Brooks comedy, shot in black and white for that "monster movie" atmosphere.

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