Netflix’s “The Watcher” relies on a real story. Here is the historical past of the home and its stalker

Netflix’s “The Watcher” relies on a real story. Here is the historical past of the home and its stalker

“The Watcher,” a brand new horror present a couple of home being stalked by an nameless tormenter, has hit Netflix – nevertheless it’s not only a scary story, it is an actual one. A home in Westfield, New Jersey has been notoriously stalked by somebody who sends harassing letters – signed by “The Watcher” – to its inhabitants.

After shopping for the home at 657 Boulevard in 2014, Derek and Maria Broaddus determined to renovate it earlier than shifting in. As they re-did the home, “The Watcher” started tormenting them, claiming in his nameless letters that the home was his household’s for many years and that he was put accountable for watching over it, ready for its “second coming.”

This June 25, 2015, file picture, exhibits a newspaper resting on the driveway of the house Derek and Maria Broaddus had been scared away from due to creepy letters from a stalker often known as “The Watcher” in Westfield, N.J. The couple, who’ve kids and say they can not dwell in the home due to the letters, have filed a lawsuit searching for to overturn the city planning board’s Jan. 4, 2017, vote rejecting the couple’s plan to raze the home and subdivide the land to construct two homes. 

Julio Cortez, AP

The couple did a 2018 interview with New York Magazine, during which a number of of the threatening letters had been printed. “657 Boulevard is anxious so that you can transfer in. It has been years and years because the younger blood dominated the hallways of the home,” one eerie letter learn. “Have you discovered the entire secrets and techniques it holds but? Will the younger blood play within the basement? Or are they too afraid to go down there alone.”

“I’d [be] very afraid if I had been them. It is much away from the remainder of the home. If you had been upstairs you’ll by no means hear them scream,” the letter continued. 

The household finally determined to not transfer into the home, and employed personal investigators. The Westfield police additionally carried out an “exhaustive investigation,” however “The Watcher” was by no means recognized. 

The couple even sued the earlier homeowners in 2015, alleging they knew in regards to the stalker however did not say something after they bought the home. The go well with was finally dismissed, in line with court docket paperwork.

The Broaddus household initially purchased the home for $1.3 million and after about 5 years of dwelling in their very own horror film, they bought it in 2019 for $400,000 much less. 

The home has not been bought since then, in line with Zillow, which estimates its present worth is near $1.5 million. The public information obtainable on Zillow additionally present the Broaddus household tried to promote or lease out the home a number of instances since shifting in.

Producer Ryan Murphy’s Netflix miniseries based mostly on their expertise stars Bobby Cannavale, Naomi Watts and Jennifer Coolidge. 

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