'The Watcher’ Sends Creepy Threatening Letters to Owners of N.J. Mansion

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

This is like something out of a horror movie.

When they bought their house several years ago, the owners of a New Jersey home received a series of creepy, threatening letters from a house-stalking weirdo known as “The Watcher.”


The couple, Derek and Maria Broaddus of Westfield, received the fourth in the series on Feb. 20, according to their lawyer.

The contents of the latest letter have not been revealed, but it reportedly contained specific threats that were “more derogatory and sinister than any of the previous letters,” lawyer Lee Levitt said in court papers filed in early March.

As a result of the threats, Broaddus and his wife say they can’t live in their six-bedroom home, which they bought for $1.3 million in 2014. They were, however, able to rent the house out in February of 2017. The renter, “Chris,” owns three dogs and is said to be “unfazed” by the stalker threats.

Via Fox News:

One asked the couple, who have children, if they brought him the “young blood” he requested.

They sued the prior owners of the house in June 2015, claiming that they also received a letter from “The Watcher” but never disclosed it. That family has since countersued, stating that the letter they received was not threatening and alleging that they were defamed.

Broaddus and his wife say the stalker has a “mentally disturbed fixation claim” on the home.

They are also suing Westfield because the town’s planning board rejected their plan to raze the house and subdivide the land so they could build two houses.

“The Watcher” said in a letter that the house has been watched by his grandfather in the 1920s and his father in the 1960s.

“I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming,” the letter said.


“The Watcher” claimed to be the rightful owner of the family’s home in one letter, writing that the house “has been the subject of my family for decades.” In his letters, he repeatedly refers to the children as “young blood.” For instance, in one letter the stalker wrote: “I watch and wait for the day the young blood will be mine again.” He also wrote: “All of the windows and doors … allow me to watch you and track you as you move through the house,” and asked, “have they found what is in the walls, yet? In time, they will.”

A list of the ten creepiest quotes can be found here. Keep in mind that the latest letter is the creepiest one yet.


Westfield also happens to be the site of the notorious John List massacre of 1971. That’s when List, a mild-mannered accountant and Sunday school teacher, murdered his entire family — his wife, mother and three children — because he wanted to spare them the shame of losing their mansion and make sure that they got to heaven.

List played organ music on the house’s PA system, arranged the bodies in neat rows and fled. The bodies weren’t found for another month; List himself was only caught 18 years later, when a television special popularized the case. He had started a new life in Virginia, unbeknownst to his new wife. List later became known at the “boogeyman of Westfield.”

He said later that he wanted to save his family from the pain of financial ruin, and didn’t kill himself because he wanted to get into Heaven.

Adding to the eerie atmospherics, the List home burned down just a few years later. Another home was rebuilt on the site, but it’s still called “the List house.”


Honestly, I’m pretty sure we’ve seen this movie before.


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