A couple from Westfield, New Jersey, recently filed a lawsuit against the former owners of their dream home because they had failed to tell them about ‘The Watcher,’ a mentally disturbed person who had been terrorizing them and their three children ever since they bought the house.
Though it may sound like a B movie script, the story is very real for the New Jersey family, who was forced to leave their home after receiving a series of disturbing letters from their stalker.
According to court documents at the Union County civil court, Derek and Maria Broaddus claim that ‘The Watcher’ sent them three letters last summer containing explicit threats targeted at them and their children.
In one of the letters, ‘The Watcher’ rhetorically asked them why were they there, and told them that he would soon figure it out. The first letter was sent on June 5 last year, three days after they closed the deal to buy the $1.3 million home.
“My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time,”
the first letter read.
But in the second letter, things became even more disturbing. ‘The Watcher’ told the couple that he was very pleased to meet them and know their and their children’s names. He dubbed the children “young blood” which was brought to him by their parents. He also asked the family whether they had found the “what is in the walls,” and he assured them that over time they would.
Additionally, in the second letter the man asked the couple who would live in the bedrooms facing the street. But he continued that he would learn as soon as they moved in because he needed the information to help him “plan better.”
The couple alleged that the letters scared them so that they refused to move into the house. Moreover, they tried to sell the building to others but potential buyers declined to close a deal after hearing about ‘The Watcher.’
The couple also claims that the previous owners knew all along about the mentally ill person but intentionally didn’t mention anything about him when putting the house on sale. According to court papers, the family has been tormented by the man’s threats and lived in daily “stress, anxiety and fear” of what the aggressor may do next.
Mayor Andy Skibitsky said that the police was investigating the case for more than a year now but the identity of ‘The Watcher’ remained unknown. Westfield Police confirmed that the investigation was ongoing and that the department was waiting for any new leads.
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