I would love to tour the house as well.underthegarden wrote: I would love to tour the house. There are several historic homes in my city (many allegedly haunted) and they offer tours 1-2 times a month, but groups are always 5-7 people, tops, and the tour is only an hour long. You pay a small fee (goes to maintaining the property) and are allowed to take photos but not for profit. I love touring historic homes (haunted or not) and everyone I've ever been on a tour with has been super respectful and quiet. We wear booties and don't touch anything. Usually tour groups are half paranormal researchers and half history buffs (there's some crossover, of course).
I guess it might be different with a house like 108 Ocean, though, considering all the media attention & Hollywood history. Still, it wouldn't be impossible to provide *occasional* tours to small groups, as long as they pay deposits/fees and abide by rules. Those fees might help pay those mega property taxes. I would say $50 would be a reasonable amount to charge per person (for a 1 hour tour). Let's say you have 20 people per month (for 2 tours). $12K a year. Nearly half your property taxes paid.
I think the difference with 108/112 is that, in addition to what you said about the hype, people were murdered there in fairly recent history, not just a haunting. Therefore, it's a lot more personal to the Village of Amityville. They remember the Defeo's, they were friends and neighbors. Now, that could be the case in your city but I don't know.
Amityville used to have a write-up on their webpage concerning the Defeos and the personal nature of the crimes and what it meant to the residents but they took it off the webpage years ago.