A creepy “Watcher” house in NJ is back on the market. By all accounts it’s a dream property – a six-bedroom home in Westfield residence, Union County, offering high ceilings, two fireplaces, beautiful crown molding and hardwood floors throughout. Oh, and there’s also an individual with a morbid neurosis on the property who enjoys sending spine-chilling letters to any homeowners in a Beetlejuice-like effort to scare them into scramming.
Reports NJ.com on March 29, the home “attracted national and international attention after the owners filed a lawsuit saying they bought the house in 2014 but could not move because of threatening letters they received from someone identifying himself as ‘The Watcher.’ The house was taken off the market after the suit was filed last year, but is being advertised for sale again.”
In 2014, Derek and Maria Broaddus paid $1.3 million for the property. But after enduring months of “hate mail” – something the couple said the previous homeowners and real estate agents evidently “forgot” to tell them about – they took their three children and bolted.
One letter, signed by “The Watcher,” arrived shortly after the Broaddus’s moved in.
“Why are you here? I will find out. My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time. Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested?” the letter read.
Each subsequent letter increased its bizarre, bullying language, even verbally attacking the couple’s young children.
“Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them to me,” the person wrote in a June 5 letter. Another letter eludes to the fact the new owners made some unwelcome improvements.
“You have changed it and made it so fancy. It cries for the past and what used to be in the time when I roamed its halls. When I ran from room to room imagining the life with the rich occupants there, and now I watch and wait for the day when the young blood will be mine again… I am in charge of it. Let the young blood play again like I once did. Stop changing it and let it alone.”
Another letter reads, in part:
I asked the (prior owners) to bring me young blood. And now I watch and wait for the day when the young blood will be mine again…Have they found what is in the walls yet? In time they will. I am pleased to know your names and the names now of the young blood you have brought to me…Will the young bloods play in the basement? Who has the rooms 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…All the windows and door in (the house) allow me to watch you and track you as you move through the house.
The listing for the home calls it a “grand turn-of-the century home with many quality updates… situated on a stately street close to NYC transportation and award-winning downtown.” Of that it is, but when you get a letter that asks, “Have they found what is in the walls yet?” it’s a bit of a buyer turnoff.
The suit is still pending. In fact, the original owners, identified as John and Andrea Woods, filed a countersuit in January against the most recent owners, saying they have been “defamed” through the vast publicity the so-called haunted house has received.
According to Fox News, the last owners bought the house for $1.355 million, but they’re trying to sell it for a loss just two years later at $1.25 million. Local police and authorities are also at a loss… as to what to do.
Mayor Andrew Skibitsky commented on the ordeal: “Our police have conducted an exhaustive investigation into the threatening letters. Our police went the extra measure and left no stone unturned.”
So would you be willing to purchase this creepy NJ “Watcher” house?