Yeah, but he also denied ever having created "embellished" ideas with Weber to conjure up a more elaborate story. And he didn't deny the buyer calls the house haunted subtitle here either.
So Weber leaked this story (of theirs) to the papers and then basically forced them to attend a press conference to which they basically had to clear up things that were purported to have happened that didn't? But a neighbor saw men outside of the house with a cross, then go in with it?
You will admit that regardless of who leaked it, the storm had begun with this. Adding also that the shenanigans that went on a bit later, with the news crew and psychics (brought in by Lutzes) only added to the frenzy when aired to the public. Either way, what's the point (by then) of "delaying" Kaplans investigation because of publicity?
They went on to have to appear on tv, interviews for some time to correct the jumbo of inaccuracies that came from the book, not to mention the movie. I think with the book I would have made sure to get the real story down for the record this time around. And low and behold if old Weber's fingerprints wasn't all over that as well! In the end they would have to thank Weber, in some degree. Without him, it might not have gotten off the ground or been as good.