A family’s early days in a new home is always a series of firsts: the first night in a new bedroom, the first meal, the first chill-you-to-the-bone threatening letter from an anonymous stalker.
Derek and Maria Broaddus bought the $1.3 million dollar home in Westfield, New Jersey in June of 2014, but decided it may be in their best interest to not move in the home after a person calling themselves “The Watcher” started sending some deeply creepy letters to the family.
The couple put the home back on the market the market this week for $1.25 million, New York Magazine reported — though you might want to read some of these letters before attending an open house.
“Who am I? I am the Watcher and have been in control of 657 Boulevard for the better part of two decades now,” one letter, quoted in the lawsuit, read. “The Woods family turned it over to you it was their time to move on and kindly sold it when I asked them to…you have changed it and made it so fancy.”
The Watcher also claims in his letters that his family has “watched” the home since the 1920s.
“It cries for the past and what used to be in the time when I roamed its halls,” another letter read. “Now I watch and wait for the day when they [sic] young blood will be mine again.”
The couple write in their lawsuit that they would never knowingly purchase a home targeted by that kind of harassment, and point to indications in the stalker’s letters that the home’s previous owners, John and Andrea Woods, also received them.
The Broaddus family seeks a full refund, compensatory damages, a cancelation of their contract, attorneys fees and other costs.
Police said they’ve extensively investigated the letters, but no solid leads about their origins have yet emerged.
If you can roll with a slightly blood-curdling letter every now and then, you can check out the listing on Realtor.com.