WESTFIELD, N.J. — It was a million-dollar dream home for one New Jersey family, located in picturesque Westfield — until the letters started showing up.
The threatening notes were signed by someone calling himself “The Watcher” and the messages were so disturbing they forced the family out of the home, leaving the rest of the town on edge.
The house was taken off the market in June 2015 when the family filed a lawsuit a lawsuit against the former owners, the real estate company and others.
The plaintiffs, Derek and Maria Broaddus, claim the previous owners were so desperate to sell the house they covered up the haunting “claim of a right of possession and/or ownership of the home and his nefarious intentions.”
The former owners call the couple’s claims “fiction” and have moved to have the suit dismissed, WPIX reports.
Just last week, the house was put back on the market. The listing agent, Westfield Realty Service, is asking $1.25 million for the six-bedroom, three-bath home.
After moving into the spacious new home, the Broadduses say they received a letter in May 2014 from The Watcher informing them that the home “has been the subject of my family for decades,” and that “I have be (sic) put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming.”
The Watcher claims that his father and grandfather before him watched the house, and that “It is now my time . . . you don’t want to make 657 Boulevard unhappy.”
“I asked the Woods (the previous owners) to bring me young blood,” the letter menaced. “Have they found what is in the walls yet? In time they will.”
“Who has the bedrooms facing the street? I’ll know as soon as you move in . . . then I can plan better,” the chilling letter reads. “I am pleased to know your names now and the name of the young blood you have brought me.”
The first letter was followed by two others and left the couple “consumed daily by stress, anxiety, and fear regarding what ‘The Watcher’ will do,” according to the suit.
After news of The Watcher reached the rest of the town, the family has been unable to sell the house.
No arrests have been made in connection with the letters.