It is a mystery that has one family afraid to move into their dream home in New Jersey. Since purchasing the home, the family has been receiving threatening letters from someone who signs the letters, The Watcher.

That’s spooky enough to keep anyone away, especially when the couple’s children are referred to as ‘young blood’ in the letters. The Watcher also tells the family that he’ll be able to watch them through the windows.

He wrote, “It cries for the past and what it used to be in the time that I roamed its halls, when I ran from room to room imagining the life with the rich occupants there.”

One letter reads, “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?” And, “Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them to me.”

Derek and Maria Broaddus are terrified for themselves and their three young children. They received the first letter just three days after closing on the house.  The Broaddus’s have now filed suit against the former owners, John and Andrea Woods.

The lawsuit states, “This action arises out of Defendants’ fraudulent, avaricious, intentional and negligent concealment and misrepresentation of material facts regarding the single family dream home…”


The Broaddus’s say that the Woods received a letter from The Watcher just days before the closing on the home took place. But the Woods did not ever disclose the letter or the alleged stalking to the Broaddus’s before purchase of the home.

FBI criminal profilers are now involved in the case. At this point they believe that The Watcher is a local person with a chip on his shoulder about money. Still, he remains unknown, and the Broaddus’s have not moved into their dream home.

So, what do you think? Should the seller of a home have to disclose to potential buyers things such as a stalker?

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