Who Is The Watcher?

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The Watcher: Creepy Litigation

This is a chilling story that’s right out of a horror novel, and it is still supposedly happening in Westfield, New Jersey. A family who recently bought a $1.3 million home has now had to flee because they have started to receive odd and threatening packages that are coming from someone calling themselves “The Watcher”. The couple filed a lawsuit against the previous owners of the home, who had known about this strange character and had apparently been harassed by the person as well. This case makes typical real estate lawsuits seem boring.

The Basis Of The Lawsuit

The basis of this lawsuit comes down to what is required to be disclosed. In other words, assuming they knew about the “watcher” and it is true, was the seller required to disclose this fact under the contract or the law.

What Do The Letters Say?

The letters are very odd, and would be very frightening if you were on the receiving end of them. One of the letters says that the home was the “subject of my family for decades”. Other letters mentioned the couple’s children, saying “I am pleased to know your names now and the name of the young blood you have brought to me”. Other letters say “I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming” and “Have they found out what’s in the walls yet?”

Other creepy elements have emerged in the full lawsuit that Derek and Maria Broaddus are claiming against the former owners, John and Andrea Woods, who received at least one letter from the Watcher. The suit mentions some of the other things written in the letters including

  • “My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time.”
  • “Why are you here? I will find out.”
  • “Tsk, tsk, tsk… bad move. You don’t want to make 657 Boulevard unhappy.”
  • “Once I know their names, I will call to them and draw them to me.”
  • “I asked the Woods to bring me young blood”
  • “Will the young bloods play in the basement?”
  • “Who am I? I am the Watcher and have been in control of 657 Boulevard for the better part of two decades now. The Woods family turned it over to you; it was their time to move on and kindly sold it when I asked them to.”
  • “It cries for its past and what used to be in the time when I roamed its halls.”
  • “And now I watch and wait for the day when the young blood will be mine again.”

No Need To Worry?

The mayor of Westfield, Andy Skibitsky, says that the letters have been “classified as a disorderly person’s crime”. He went on to say that “Our police department conducted an exhaustive investigation based on factual circumstances and evidence available.” Of course, the mayor and his family don’t have to live in the house, and he wouldn’t want to cause any panic amongst the residents of Westfield.

Who Could The Watcher Be?

Everyone wants to know who the Watcher is, and the truth is that it could be just about anyone. It could be someone in the area who is bored and likes to cause fear, or someone who has legitimate mental problems and needs help before hurting someone. It almost feels like the plot of a horror novel or movie, as mentioned, and some may speculate that it’s some type of viral marketing. Regardless, it’s a fascinating case, and it will be interesting to see what happens with the lawsuit.


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