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A $1.3 million turn-of-the-century home with six bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, coffered ceilings and a mysterious stalker who calls himself “The Watcher.”

A Westfield, New Jersey couple is suing the former owners of their 4,000 square foot dream home for failing to notify them of an alleged stalker. Just days after closing on their new home in June 2014, the Broaddus family received a disturbing letter from someone who claims 657 Boulevard “has been the subject of my family for decades…I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming.” Concerned for their safety, the new homeowners never moved in.

Two more letters were received in the weeks following, revealing more details about The Watcher’s familiarity with the home and its former occupants, the Woods family. “Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested?…Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them to me too…I asked the Woods to bring me young blood.”

The Broaddus family have several children, whom the letter writer makes frequent mention of. “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…All of the windows and doors of 657 Boulevard allow me to watch you and track you as you move throughout the house.”

Earlier this month, Maria and Derek Broaddus filed a civil complaint against the former homeowners, the Chicago Title Insurance Company and A Absolute Escrow Settlement Company for common law fraud, equitable fraud and emotional distress. No charges have been laid and it is unclear if the current owners will have a case to present. Under New Jersey law, sellers are required to disclose hidden property defects but an allegation of stalking is a different type of claim. The Broaddus family would have to prove that the Woods family knew about The Watcher prior to the sale of their house and determine whether the letters constitute a serious threat.

Regardless, the Watcher’s fixation on the home sounds like something out of a horror movie. “It cries for the past and what used to be in the time when I roamed its halls…and now I watch and wait for the day when they (sic) young blood will be mine again.” A police investigation is currently underway and community leaders are urging anyone with information to come forward.

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