A dream house has become a nightmare for a New Jersey family whose home has been targeted by someone who goes by the creepy moniker, “The Watcher”.
The couple, Derek and Maria Broaddus, filed a lawsuit against sellers, John and Andrea Woods, after they started receiving terrifying letters and packages.
It is based on their assumption that the former residents of 657 Boulevard were well aware of the spooky incidents before they sold it to them.
In a storyline which harks back to the 1979 film The Amityville Horror, the Broaddus family have also fled the home, which they bought for £825,000, because of their fears for the safety of their family.
Derek and Maria and their kids – who have not been named – recently moved to the six-bedroom house in Westfield and have been receiving letters from person who claims the home “has been the subject of my family for decades”, reports CBS Local.
As well as creepy ‘watching’ notes, the couple’s children have also been targeted, with messages saying: “I am pleased to know your names now, and the name of the young blood you have brought to me” and “Have they found out what’s in the walls yet?”
The mayor of Westfield, Andy Skibitsky, addressed the town council at a meeting, adding: “Our police department conducted an exhaustive investigation based on the factual circumstances and evidence available.”
There have been no charges filed in the case, and it’s yet to be seen whether or not the owners have a legal case.
Under New Jersey law, the letters are classified as a disorderly person’s crime, according to reports.
The lawsuit details other messages sent by “The Watcher”, which include:
“My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time.”
“I asked the Woods to bring me young blood.”
“will the young bloods play in the basement?”
“Who has the bedrooms facing the street? I’ll know as soon as you move in.”
“It will help me to know who is in which bedroom then I can plan better.”
“[The house] cries for the past and what used to be in the time when I roamed its halls.”
The lawsuit details that the Woods received a letter from “The Watcher” in 2014 and as a result, the Broadduses are alleging, they were desperate to move under any circumstances.